NSW traffic authority ditches Wintel, switches to Macs; will deploy 1200 iMac G4s

“In what may well be Apple Computer’s largest coup in the Australian enterprise space, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) will deploy 1200 Apple G4 iMacs across 140 registry offices. A statement Computerworld obtained from the RTA reveals the G4s will be used as point-of-sale terminals for its counter staff to handle RTA customers transactions across ‘prepared business applications’ as well as for ‘collecting data and payments and issuing licences, registration certificates and receipts for various transactions,'” Julian Bajkowski reports for Computerworld.

“The move away from Wintel desktops also appears to reiterate the recent strong stand by the NSW government to seek alternatives to wholly proprietary operating system kernels – and the licensing models that go with them – where cost-effective and viable alternatives exist. To this end, the RTA is making no bones about its preference for open standards and open source, with what appears to be more open source action slated for the near future,” Bajkowski reports.

“‘The Apple rollout is a continuation of RTA usage of open standards-based software and systems. The further adoption of open source is being undertaken to provide more choice of vendors and to guarantee RTA systems are providing value for money,’ the RTA statement said,” Bajkowski reports. “Unix, it appears, will also remain firmly ensconced at the RTA for the foreseeable future fronted by Apple’s OSX 10.3 Panther operating system. ‘Apple OSX 10.3 was the major advantage sought as it fit neatly into the Unix-based registry network. [The] cost of the machines was comparable to machines being offered by other vendors. [The] technical capability of [the] iMacs was superior and users definitely preferred the ergonomic design and look and feel of the terminal,’ the RTA statement said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ahhh, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority gives the green light to Apple Macintosh! The worm has turned, so to speak. May other enterprises take notice.


  1. Apple would do itself a favor by publishing on its website private businesses and government agencies that use the Mac and the software installed.

    Just a thought, but perhaps one of the critical reasons why more businesses and governments do not buy Mac would be the spike in IT unemployment figures.

  2. It took over 20 minutes to register my daughter’s car at the Wagga Wagga RTA yesterday (April 13th) because the counter operator’s computer froze towards the end of the data entry.
    After disappearing under the counter to unplug and restart his computer he resurfaced and commented “This always happens when we are at our busiest!”

    Apparently, not for much longer though ….. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  3. OZ, this is probably an experiment to see how well they perform. Once their in for a year and realize that their IT costs have dropped significantly, you will see a wider distribution.

  4. One Guy: Its only the Federal Police that have used Macs for last 10 years & only in some departments, State police have Wintel crap. But it is good news wish Victoria RTA would do same.

  5. For the most part, any prior experience the Aussies had with Macs 10 years ago is ancient proprietory history. Mac OS X Panther is a whole new breed of animal, pedigreed by good old solid Open Source Unix.

    It’s widely known that many municipalities and companies are defecting from M$ to Open Source alternatives. Nothing new there. The REAL NEWS is that the Aussies chose Mac OS X over Linux.

    Getting our favorite Panther accepted into the mainstream is what’s important in the long run.


    Looks like people are begining th realise there is now a viable alternative Microsoft that is better than Microsoft!!!!

    This is the start of the Microsoft monopoly crumbling – Anyone out there looking for a new pc then BUY A MAC!!

  7. Actually, the QLD police used Mac for the better part of the past decade, throughout their offices. I’m not sure if they still do though, as I’ve moved from QLD, down south. Any Queenslander’s care to comment?

  8. yes, QLD police have used macs for at least 10 years, but, they are making the ‘switch’ to pc’s unfortunately.

    on the flip side, we hear many stories about pc users in business switching to macs, but, there are many mac businesses switching to pc’s.

    a prime example of this is the Australian Travel Company, Flight Centre (largest travel co in Australia, 3rd largest in the world) who have switched from mac to a Citrix thin client solution using Winterms. Flight Centre were one of, if not the largest mac user in Australia.

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