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New services will securely manage on line access to over 20 million land titles

Today, 13 December 2006, Land Registry and IBM signed a multi-million pound contract for IBM to deliver Land Registry's e-security solution for all of its web-based services. This will include user access to its new portal based website, document authentication programme and a secure system of e-signatures for Land Registry's electronic conveyancing programme. IBM will act as the systems integrator for the project, which will utilise technology supplied by Entrust and ActivIdentity.

Contracts were officially signed at Land Registry's information centre at Seaton Court in Plymouth by Ted Beardsall, CBE Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Business Development of Land Registry and Jan Gower, Partner, Global Business Service from IBM.

"Land Registry places a huge amount of importance on the reliability, robustness and security of its IT infrastructure and systems", said Ted Beardsall." IBM demonstrated their committed approach with a technical solution and value for money throughout the procurement exercise."

"Both industry and government recognize that security threats and complex regulatory requirements have turned security into a mission-critical priority", said Jan Gower. "IBM's security technology will be critical in protecting web access to Land Registry's data on many billions of pounds worth of property in England and Wales."

IBM was chosen following a procurement exercise conducted in accordance with EU regulations, which included an independent member of the Office of Government Commerce on the project board. The contract will last three years, which can be extended by a further two.


1. The Public Key Infrastructure and 2 Factor Authentication components utilise products from Entrust. Digital tokens and the software to mange their use is supplied by Actividentity. Both Entrust and ActivIdenity are standing alliance partners of IBM.

2. IBM is Land Registry’s IT partner delivering e-conveyancing (see Press Notice 11/05 16 June 2005).

3. E-conveyancing will transform the current paper-based conveyancing system into electronic documents, requisitions and signatures and is a central pillar of the government’s agenda to modernise public services.

4. With the world’s largest online transactional database of over 20 million titles, Land Registry underpins the economy by guaranteeing ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property. Around £1million worth of property is processed every minute in England and Wales.

5. As a government department established in 1862, executive agency and trading fund responsible to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, Land Registry keeps and maintains the Land Register for England and Wales. The Land Register has been an open document since 1990.

6. For further information about Land Registry, please visit

Adrian Brophy
Account Manager for IBM
Telephone 020 7479 5621

Marion Shelley
Press and PR Manager
Telephone 020 7166 4543

Liz Aelberry
Press and PR Executive
Telephone 020 7166 4487

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