The new API platform removed many of the typical integration challenges, such as connectivity, security, resilience, and scalability—allowing DVCSD to respond faster to changing business needs. It also maintains the NVDF’s integrity and confidentiality by introducing more granular data protection and security controls through the Vehicle and Driver API Services, supplying only enough data as required to meet the needs of the user.
The scalable platform caters to new business requirements, provides data interfaces and a proven migration path away from legacy systems, and delivers a standardized CI/CD development model. This ultimately translates to faster development cycles and consistency through component reuse, with an additional benefit of significantly reducing data-exchange challenges with other business systems and partners.
By September 2020, the API platform had serviced 72,000 API requests from MyGovID. The Road Safety Authority, as a third party, leads the provision of drivers licenses and uses DVCSD as a data provider, as does Ireland’s toll roads operator. The Road Safety Authority/NLDSO now provides online driver license application and renewals, catering to the 2.65 million licensed drivers in the country.
An unanticipated success of this project was the swift and efficient response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Infrastructure and Application Development teams, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection was able to rollout additional authentication methods for MyGovID to validate emergency COVID payments to citizens who had lost household income.