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n°23  |  February   2008
Business cases

• Interior Ministry (France)
• Saltgate (United Kingdom)

• Overtoom (Netherlands)

RSV: a large-scale and highly ambitious project

Bull, as consortium leader with Thales, is developing the new Vehicle Registration System (RSV) for the French Interior Ministry.

The project to build a new co-contractor with joint and several liability (VRS) is due to two facts: first, both applications and servers making up the existing system – known as the ‘grey card’ – were ageing, and second the old vehicle numbering system, which dates back to 1950, would eventually become obsolete.

The Ministry of the Interior – along with the Ministry of Transport and other government departments and professional bodies from the automotive industry – has been envisioning the new system since 2001.

The challenge is enormous: the project will involve over 40 million drivers, 120 million existing vehicle registration documents and in excess of 23 million transactions relating to vehicle registration every year.

The main objectives of the new system are to modernize vehicle registration in France, and make it more secure through:

  • The management of a vehicle registration number throughout its lifecycle
  • Simplification of administrative tasks for users
  • Greater emphasis on the fight against vehicle-related crime
  • Better technical ‘future-proofing’ and adaptability, to support the regulatory changes needed to ensure compliance with current European directives.

Bull, as consortium with Thales (co-contractor with joint and several liability), has been chosen to deliver this major project, worth in excess of €5 million. The Bull/Thales consortium will be developing the new VRS application, as well as ensuring the sensitive transition process between the old and new systems.

Bull, responsible for overall management of the project along with its partner, will be:

  • Defining and designing the IT architecture (multi-layer environment)
  • Developing the application, in Java J2EE (Struts, Hibernate, Oracle...), providing unit testing and continuous integration using NovaForgeTM, Bull’s secure, distributed software development platform. The new VRS application has to take account of significant constraints, for example in terms of high availability (downtime of less than ten minutes), performance and the number of simultaneous users it can support (8,000)
  • E-business flows (including e-payment, on line entitlement of new vehicle registration documents (cartes grises) and on-line Treasury approvals)
  • Implementing the new system over a period of seven months.

In addition, Bull will be responsible for transferring the data relating to the 120 million or more vehicle registration certificates currently held in the existing GCOS system, using its own tools (JUFAS connectors, enabling GCOS files to be read directly by J2EE applications), as well as providing Web services security following SAMLV2 standards (using its BXSS solution) and delivering change management support using the skills within Bull Training.

Thales, for its part, will be responsible for delivering some 80 external interfaces with institutional partners, automotive industry professionals, insurers, vehicle scrap dealers and crushers, as well as for developing an interface simulator and connections to partners, and logging activities both for VRS and associated services (data collection, date-stamping, analysis).

VRS is due to go into service from 1 January 2009.

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