The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell
The ACS User Group had a productive meeting in Worcester today. This group consists of folks from the 13 registries of deeds that use the ACS computer system (the one we have in Lowell) along with representatives from ACS and the Secretary of State’s office. Attendees got their first glimpse of the new ACS browser-based search program that has a February 2008 target installation date. If you’ve used the public access terminals in the registry to conduct a search and then performed the same query on the Internet, you will receive the same information but it will be displayed in very different ways. (Most people prefer the in-registry system). This new application takes the best features of the public access terminals and combines them with the flexibility of a web-based system. While the current system will remain available beyond next February, I expect that we will completely remove it from the registry in Lowell and shift entirely to the browser-based search program. That way, whether you use a registry computer, your own wireless enabled laptop at the registry, or your own computer at home, you will utilize the exact same program which will be better for everyone once the initial trauma of losing the comfortable and familiar in-registry system goes away. This new approach has the added benefits of being much easier to install and maintain while greatly strengthening the security of our computer network. This is still a long way off, but what I saw today was impressive.
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