MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates, a subsidiary of Orbital Sciences Corporation was selected by the UK government’s Land Registry and Improvement & Development Agency to provide a state-of-the-art eCommerce system for electronic delivery of comprehensive land ownership information for England and Wales.
With a combined population of about 59 million people, England and Wales generate a total demand for land ownership information exceeding 1.5 million transactions each year, which is currently valued at about $135 million annually. Today, this process is mostly manual and can take days or even weeks to complete a single land data search.
Over the following years MDA will modernize the process using advanced online data management and delivery systems, to automate the search process and make property data available in near real-time. MDA then will operate the new British national online system on an exclusive basis for at least seven years.
David W. Thompson, Orbital’s CEO, said, “This is a major milestone in the development of our eCommerce business. Beyond introducing digital technology to enhance the current land information delivery system, we hope to include high-quality imagery and other descriptive property data in the years ahead.”
Daniel E. Friedmann, CEO of MDA, added: “This license expands our reach into one of the largest land information markets in the world. We are excited to be working with British authorities on their ambitious modernization plan.”
Over past years, MDA has invested in internal systems development, strategic acquisitions and joint ventures to create a fast-growing eCommerce unit serving major business customers in the real estate financial, insurance and legal sectors.
In addition to its 1998 start in Canada, MDA’s eCommerce unit recently expanded into the U.S. market. Major customers already include many of North America’s top primary and secondary mortgage lenders, title and property insurance companies, land appraisers and real estate professionals, as well as numerous city, county, state and national government agencies.
MDA’s partners include Halifax Bank, The Law Society (of England and Wales), Hays plc and Laser-Scan.