Spain: eGovernment Services with IPv6

The GEN6 Spanish IPv6 transition pilot is being implemented by the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration (MINHAP) and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Trade (MINETUR), with the collaboration of the University of Murcia.

It aims to foster the IPv6-readiness of e-Government services, with a pragmatic approach based on the following principles:

  • Building upon the infrastructure already in place, making the most of the IPv6 capabilities of the existing hardware, software and networks.
  • Relying on the use of shared services, to increase efficiency in the use of the existing resources, and avoid divergence in technologies and solutions.
  • Providing enough flexibility so that it can accommodate the different transition paths of the different administrative units (IPv4 and IPv6 coexistence).
  • Assuring that the experience from the transition to IPv6 of the early adopters is shared and used by the administrative units that follow, so that their own transition can be softened.

The pilot takes advantage of the existence of Red SARA (SARA network), operated by MINHAP, which connects all Spanish Public Administrations, as well as the shared services that Red SARA provides.

It comprises 3 complementary action lines:

  • The upgrade of Red SARA so that it can transport IPv6 natively, allowing therefore IPv6 communications between administrative units. This implies the transition to IPv6 of the network backbone, the links connecting the administrative units sites to this backbone, and the equipment running the network and security services located in the connection points.
  • The implementation of a transition mechanism that allows Public Administrations to offer online services accessible by means of IPv6, based on a shared service approach. The goal is making e-Government web sites IPv6 accessible through the Internet connection provided by RedSARA, instead of dealing with the upgrade of the connection of each Ministry or public body, in order to support a quicker and more efficient IPv6 access enablement.
  • The upgrade to native IPv6 of one of the existing applications, in order to test the interoperability between an IPv6 ready administrative unit which acts as service provider, and other administrative units which acts as service consumers. The chosen application is eITV, provided by MINETUR, related to the process of registering a motor vehicle. eITV replaces the traditional paper-based ITV card  (Vehicles Technical Inspection card) by an electronic card, as well as all the face-to-face procedures required for authorizing the manufacturers to issue the cards, by electronic procedures. It is used by internal users from MINETUR, users from other government units (DGT, Directorate General for Traffic), and external users (automotive industry).