Land Registry to launch new information system | THE DAILY HERALD

Minister of Finance Perry Geerlings (left) points to the screen, asking a question about the upgraded Leica Geosystems for land survey, while Florida Level and Transit Co. representative John Mc Kay (right) and members of the Land and Mortgage Registry look on.


PHILIPSBURG–The Land and Mortgage Registry (“Kadaster”) will soon launch a new innovation in the use of technology to improve its functioning when its ICAD software system goes live soon.

  The innovation in technology will result in increased accuracy, improved productivity and efficiency, and will allow attorneys and public notaries to access, request and receive certificates or information on land sales and transfers from the comfort of their offices.

  The new system will replace the existing CADSIS system that has been in use for almost two decades in St. Maarten and was a product of Dutch counterparts in The Hague.

  ICAD has been designed by ICT Labs in Curaçao and can compile comprehensive reports on every subject relating to the sale or transfer of a parcel of land and send this information directly to notaries and attorneys.

  Minister with responsibility for the Land Registry Perry Geerlings received a presentation from ICT Labs software engineer Rademier Streder during a courtesy visit to the department in Philipsburg on Friday.

  Geerlings told the Land Registry team of his fond memories of the department during his seven years as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He had actually been instrumental in introducing the soon-phased-out CADSIS system, which at the time served to improve the department.

  With the advances in technology and the increased demand for service from the Land Registry, Geerlings said the innovations are a welcomed improvement.

  He admonished the Land Registry’s management to ensure full training and upgrade of staff with complete certification, which he said could be useful for their future careers.

  He also encouraged management to work diligently on improving “the high standard required for customer service to, for example, the notaries who often need more details to be included in certificates issued by the Kadaster.”

  Once live tests of the ICAD system are successful, the intention is to complete the transfer data from the old CADSIS system to the new. When this is phase is completed the Land Registry will be able to provide member access with different levels of authorisation to public notaries and attorneys.

  Once they have an account they will be able to track monthly and yearly land transactions based on sales, purchases and seizures, review easements and obtain information on mortgages and apartment splits. The system will be able to make reports on any subject relating to land transactions and produce invoices for electronic payment for services.

  The system has a user-friendly dashboard, is entirely web-based and can connect to ARCEUS, a global information system application for visualisation of land parcels. It also allows remote and secure management and authorisation of documents by the Mortgage Custodian for the Land Registry, who will then able to sign papers electronically.

  Geerlings said he was especially proud of the fact that the system is now entirely owned by St. Maarten and that the Land Registry can securely manage and extend access to the public for specific information.

  The secure system also comes with different levels of access for administrators within the department and provides a full report of all user transactions.

  Geerlings also received a presentation by Florida Level and Transit Co. representative John Mc Kay on Leica Geosystems, which is being used for land survey in St. Maarten and Saba.

  Mc Kay frequently visits the St. Maarten Land Registry as part of the support provided by the company, which is Leica Geosystems’ dealer for Florida and the Caribbean. During his latest visit, he performed an evaluation on the way the Land Registry works in the field. He is working with the department to improve its use of Leica Geosystems to take advantage of advances in technology.

  McKay told Geerlings that by taking advantage of new satellite constellations, surveyors can “push the boundaries” and perform surveys in more difficult areas. Once fully updated, the Land Registry will be able to transmit data between the office and field surveyors in real time, which will eliminate the need for returning to the office to complete daily tasks and will allow immediate correction of any discrepancies concerning land survey.

  The Land Registry will soon launch a website that will be fully interactive and accessible by utility company GEBE to use for its fieldwork. The improved Leica Geosystem is accurate up to one millimetre and can only be accessed through a secure log-in.

  Geerlings said that together with colleague Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure VROMI Miklos Giterson he would continue to monitor the progress in improving the quality of work and service at the Land Registry.

Source: The Daily Herald