Headlines: October 11th, 2000

The first public service facility to be available by Wireless Application Protocol – WAP – mobile phones has been launched by the Land Registry. This service is available to members of the public as well as property professionals such as estate agents, surveyors and valuers who may wish to make on the spot enquiries about average property sales in the area they are currently located. The service is available at www.landreg.gov.uk/wap/WAP is an open global standard for communication between a mobile device such as a telephone and the Internet and/or other computer applications. WAP technology makes it possible to send and receive Internet-based information to mobile devices i.e. mobile phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). Use of WAP will open significant possibilities for e-government applications. It will help to reduce the divide between the information rich and poor by providing cheap access to the Internet and bringing on line public services to a much wider group of people.

Early in 2001 Land Registry is due to launch the National Land Information Service to speed up and simplify the process of buying or selling property. It will allow all searches to be carried out via the Internet, including faster and more accurate property identification.