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For Immediate Release: 3/11/2011

Montgomery County Receives National Recognition for its Technology Solutions and Innovation

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has honored Montgomery County’s Department of Technology Services (DTS) with two Technology Solutions and Innovations awards. The awards are for the following programs: first, in the Public Safety Technology award category, “A GIS Platform for Emergency Management & Response: Common Operational Pictures (COP)”; and, second, in the Web and e-Government award category, “Vehicle Accident Report Purchase System.” The County also received an honorable mention award for its “H1N1 Flu Vaccine On-line Appointment Booking System.”

Common Operational Pictures is an on-line map viewer that enables situational awareness associated with emergency management and planning. The web application allows emergency managers to manage assets, effectively share and manage mobile workforces, maintain operational awareness and foster communication across organizations. The web based Vehicle Accident Report Purchase System (VARPS), developed in close collaboration with the County’s Police Department, enables users to quickly find and purchase non-fatal vehicle accident and personal injury reports. Vehicle accident reports are typically published on-line within 5 to 7 business days after an accident has occurred. The H1N1 Flu Vaccine On-line Appointment Booking System enables County constituents to choose an H1N1 flu vaccine clinic location, select an appointment date/time, and submit essential information necessary to schedule an H1N1 flu vaccine appointment.

“Montgomery County continues to focus on the use of technology solutions and delivery that translate into improved services and our continued commitment to transparency.” said E. Steven Emanuel, Chief Information Officer for Montgomery County. “We appreciate the recognition from Public Technology Institute and believe that the achievement is a direct result of great collaborative efforts between business departments and Technology Services to jointly meet the mission and goals of this progressive and innovative county.”

PTI is a national technology organization created by and for cities and counties. The organization identifies opportunities for technology research, shares best practices, offers consultancies and pilot demonstrations, and promotes technology development initiatives. Every year, PTI recognizes local government technology programs that have demonstrated how, through the use of technology, governments improve service delivery and/or reduce costs.

An independent panel of judges identified the winners of PTI’s 2010-2011 Technology Solutions Awards. "The entries show that PTI member governments continue to be at the forefront when it comes to deploying technology at the local level," said PTI Executive Director Alan R. Shark. "As government services come under increasing scrutiny during these difficult budget times, cities and counties must continue to invest in sound technology tools and practices. In the entries that PTI received, I think you will see where those investments definitely paid off."

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Release ID: 11-089
Media Contact: Donna Bigler 240-777-6507

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