NCs struggle as RTA project delayed

NCs struggle as RTA project delayed

Despite being Sun Microsystems' breakthrough win in Australia, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) is still waiting for its JavaStation NCs, ARN has learned.

The deal for 897 terminals - valued at $2.5 million, according to RTA officials - was originally signed in August last year.

Implementation was scheduled to be completed by April, but sources working on the project said that date has now been pushed back to August.

The JavaStations were purchased to initially provide access to the RTA's driver licence and vehicle registration system, DRIVES, and integrate EFTPOS and cheque scanning functions.

But RTA officials planned to expand the range of applications to also include policy and procedure information. Shipment delays plagued the release of the JavaStations, which did not officially get to market until April this year.

When Sun first launched the product in October 1996, it was scheduled for release in the third quarter of 1997.

That date was in turn moved to late-fourth quarter 1997.

Sun's tardiness - combined with the slow product delivery of its network computer (NC) co-sponsor Oracle - has undermined the uptake of network computing worldwide.

In response, Oracle has recently backed away from its initial strategy of having NCs replace PCs on the desktop to instead embracing PCs as clients within the network computing architecture.

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