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(Mon., July 19, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the initial implementation of new enterprise-wide software solutions based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


"These new software applications will improve public safety and allow city projects to be handled more efficiently, and with more accountability," Hannemann said.


For example, application upgrades to the city's wireless 911 emergency response system will now enable first responders to view high resolution, variable perspective imagery to help pinpoint the location of the mobile 911 caller.


And a linked Property Assets Management system will help better manage the city's real property, such as buildings and land.  GIS information will help locate and track maintenance needs, and will be integrated with triggers and tools to facilitate contracting.


One of the adopters of the new system will be the Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM), which will initially automate work management for street resurfacing and sidewalk maintenance. The system can eventually be expanded to deal with more than 50 other public works functions serviced by DFM, such as graffiti removal.


"We will be able to track the status of various jobs around the island, coordinate better with city inspectors and 'batch' jobs in the same area under one work order," Hannemann said. "This will save both time and money and get things done more effectively."


Property assessors will also be able to compare actual imagery of properties to match with city records so as to provide the most updated and accurate property information.  The system can also be used by to match building permit records at the Department of Planning and Permitting.


Department of Information Technology Director Gordon Bruce envisions city-wide adoption of GIS technology.


"Many city departments have similar 'paper-based' work order systems that lack the ability to track projects this precisely and provide valuable new information that allows for more overall efficiency," Bruce said. "We are looking at Parks and Recreation, Transportation Services and other departments eventually adopting the system too."