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IT Planning Council: Government agency apps

Warfare material clearance, fire department statistics, geodata, asylum procedures, cyber security… The IT Planning Council is displaying exciting digitalization projects from German states, the Federal Government, and the EU in a group pavilion.

08 Mar. 2017

The IT Planning Council will be holding its spring meeting in 2017 at CeBIT. The council promotes federal cooperation in information technology and e-government. Members of the IT Planning Council are CIOs at the state and national levels. German states and the national government are showcasing their most interesting IT projects all together during CeBIT. At the IT Planning Council stand in Hall 7 (Stand B42) they will spotlight digital services for citizens and businesses, the status of digitalizing asylum processes, and new administrative apps.

Berlin is allowing visitors to the stand to test its speech dialog system (SDS). For the past year, the Berlin government has been trying out various places to use the SDS, such as in the Office for Immigration, several finance offices, and the government telephone number 115. Berlin's e-government law will also be introduced. After going into effect in the middle of 2016, the capital sees it as "the most far-reaching law to modernize Germany's government administration landscape." With its implementation, Berlin believes that "the road to user-friendly, secure and accessible e-government for citizens and businesses has been cleared." All administrative procedures and structures will be completely converted to e-government. One example is the online business portal which seamlessly processes the most frequent business registrations along with acceptance procedures for official foreign occupational training qualifications.

With its digitalization strategy digital@bw Baden-Württemberg is also on the way to becoming a digital pioneer. The state has placed across-the-board broadband expansion at the top of its priority list and has massively increased investments. The Baden-Württemberg Service Account that will be showcased at the IT Planning Council stand serves to securely store and administer digital identities. These are needed for the service-bw portal and other applications at state and local levels. Citizens can therefore clearly mark personal data with the electronic identification function on their ID cards. The data is individually encrypted and hosted in a document safe with a message function in the IT Baden-Württemberg (BITBW) data center. This gives participants full control of their personal information and provides transparency at all times. The Baden-Württemberg Service Account will also be used at the local level. Within the scope of the IT Planning Council, it will be an interoperable development and will be extended to include a business account function.

The German states of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have commissioned the IT Planning Council's project group eID-Strategie with the project Prototype for Interoperable Service Accounts. The project aims to compile a "prototypical realization of the interoperability of service accounts in the federal territory." The consultancy H&D GmbH has developed a technical prototype for this. The service accounts BayernID and Servicekonto.NRW were linked under laboratory conditions by the service providers AKDB and KDN with the cooperation of Governikus KG. The results of the project will be presented at the Service Accounts Island at the IT Planning Council stand.

Additional projects from Bavaria include Geodateninfrastruktur Bayern (GDI-BY), the BayernAtlas Family, Geoportal Bayern and the desktop application Download Client from GDI-BY. Furthermore, visitors can see how the IHK-Standortportal Bayern can be used to find and evaluate business locations. NRW is showcasing a data base for psychosocial process consulting, and presenting the web presence of its justice institutions "in a new, responsive design."

At the stand, Brandenburg is presenting software components that support the regular administrative activities of schools and school supervisory boards. In addition, the state is bringing its Maerker app, a free app that citizens can use to report infrastructure problems or grievances to their local authorities. Once the authorities have investigated the report, it will be unlocked and can be read online. Progress status is marked by traffic light colors. The app is gaining popularity: In 2015, 289 tips were recorded with the app and in 2016 the figure had rose to 2,435. All the local authorities in Brandenburg can participate in Maerker for free – and half of them already do. They must commit to reacting within three working days to any tips.

Hessen is emphasizing the advantages of federal cooperation at the group pavilion. "IT cooperation between states, and local and federal authorities reduce costs and create considerable professional synergy effects," according to the state. One example of this is the "administrative agreement regarding the cooperation for designing and developing software for environmental information systems" (VKoopUIS). Another is the eWoG (housing benefit process) project. Developed by Hessen, it will soon be employed in three states and uses existing, standardized IT infrastructure and programming environments.

The degree course IT for Public Administration at the University of Hannover aims to educate students as all-round experts in computer science and administrative management. Participants can receive scholarships administered by the state of Lower Saxony. Hands-on stages during the course allow insight into diverse aspects of the profession. Upon completion, a career in Lower Saxony's justice, police, finance, or general administration departments are open to graduates. The Lower Saxony stand is also showcasing its e-payment configuration pmPayment for local authorities, the pmOWI apps for administrative offences, the data protection register pmDSR for process descriptions, a form kit for federal information management and the Lower Saxony document management system NI-DMS.

With the slogan "Keep your eyes on your data!" Saxony is spotlighting various cyber security projects. With the Security Dashboard it will be possible to gain a quick graphic overview of the IT security situation in Saxony. As an expansion of the well-known platform, the Identity Leak Checker Client can interrogate entire e-mail address spaces instead of individual e-mail addresses and send automatic warnings if new discoveries are made. Honey-Sens is a total system of hardware and software components that ferret out attacks on internal networks. The E-Learning Platform helps sensitize employees to dangers and trains them in how to handle the Internet, e-mail, smartphones, etc.

In addition, two e-government components will be illustrated at the Saxony stand: The process platform supports process management and allows potential improvements in administrative processes to be documented, modeled and identified. It supports modular process modeling for administration and offers diverse automatic evaluations of the process landscape within a government agency. The geodata building block (GeoBAK) makes functions, services, and activities accessible to the state of Saxony and supports the availability of geographic information in electronic administrative procedures in Saxony's administration.

The warfare material information system from Schleswig-Holstein aims to set up a system that allows access to all reliable data that enable conclusions to be made regarding warfare materials contamination of land and water in Schleswig-Holstein. Currently the information is mostly analog and it needs to be digitalized and transferred into a data base management system where it will be archived. The data can be researched in full and connected in a spatially intelligent manner. Users have access to the information system via the Intranet. The web application which is constructed on micro-services has been developed using open source software.

Thüringen is bringing its ThAVEL project to CeBIT, a standardized application platform for the state and local authorities in Thüringen. The state's Open Geodata program can also be found at the stand, which includes administrative procedures for fire department statistics, the information data base of the Thüringen State Office of Statistics, and the budget management system HAMASYS. In addition, an efficient, cost-saving innovation for service-oriented administrative applications using Oracle APEX will be demonstrated using housing support as an example.

New IT projects from Rheinland-Pfalz include the rlpServiceKonto for citizens and companies, electronic motor vehicle services with rlpServiceKonto, "remote signatures", the national public transportation data platform Central Stop Registry, the bike tour planner for Germany, and the Governikus multi-messenger. The state of Saarland is showcasing a traffic accident app and an online integration aid from the State Office of Social Affairs. Bremen is presenting the Governikus solution module for digital administration. Additional topics at the group pavilion include broadband expansion in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and digitalization projects in Hamburg.

The Federal Government and the European Union can also be found at the IT Planning Council's group pavilion at CeBIT. The German government is spotlighting its PGDAS project for digitalizing the asylum process. The EU is coming to Hannover with its international e-SENS and Me-Codex projects.