PR Tech BIZ from Great Tech Pros:
Each month we take a quick look at the local business technology news that’s happening in a city near you and then share it in an easy to read and digest format.
City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta and Startup Atlanta Hold 2nd GovathonCitywide hackathon results in new applications to enhance city services
ATLANTA – This past weekend City of Atlanta officials, together with representatives of Invest Atlanta and Startup Atlanta, hosted the city’s second Govathon. The Govathon, a civic-focused hackathon, brought together members of Atlanta’s dynamic technology development and design community with government officials. The objective was to produce creative and innovative ways to address the complex challenges of municipal government using mobile applications and interactive websites.
The event kicked-off with city department heads and community members explaining challenges that they face to an audience of technologists. Over the next 24 hours, more than 150 developers and attendees produced 23 ideas and presented them to a team of judges.
Taking first place was the Atlanta Budget Explorer, an interactive web portal that provides users with the ability to examine the Atlanta City budget in great detail and to use clear infographics to compare and contrast data and areas of interest.
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City of Long Beach Recognized Three Years in a Row as National Leader in Using Technology to Improve ServiceThe City of Long Beach was recently recognized by the Center for Digital Government as a leader in using technology to improve service.
For the third year in a row, the City of Long Beach was named a Top-10 Digital City in a national survey that measures performance and innovation in using technology to enhance service to residents and businesses, while improving internal operations.
The 2013 annual survey was conducted by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology. It focused on identifying the top technology initiatives across four categories – citizen engagement, policy, and technology and data access. Cities were asked to tell their story as it is told online by providing links to websites demonstrating their achievements in these categories.
In its survey response, the City of Long Beach submitted links to 30 technology accomplishments.
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Richardson Public Library Introduces New RFID TechnologyRichardson, Tx.
The Richardson Public Library has completed installation of its new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system that involves tagging more than 250,000 books, pamphlets, CDs, DVDs and other items with RFID sensors.
Funded through the 2010 Bond Program, and working in conjunction with a new materials handling system that the library purchased late last year, the RFID system will use RFID tags to identify and check out items and then check in and sort them as they are returned.
The new system includes two self-service check-out kiosks and four staffed check-out stations that can also function as self-service stations to help reduce lines and wait times. Library visitors will also be able to check out books, DVDs, audio books and CDs at these kiosks.
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City of Lousiville Launches New Technology for Mobile Pay for ParkingLouisville, KY.
Louisville, KY – Parking in downtown just got easier, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. The city has launched a partnership with PassportParking, and will be introducing new mobile pay technology on Monday, November 18 at downtown surface lots. Drivers will be able to use their cell phones to pay for parking, first at downtown surface lots and eventually, at on-street meters throughout the downtown area.
The mobile pay option will be in addition to the existing pay stations in lots, and gives drivers a new, quicker method to pay for parking. It’s also a benefit for businesses, who can participate in the program by offering discounts and promotions for PassportParking customers who visit their stores.
As a way to increase parking planning that supports local business development, drivers who use PassportParking’s mobile pay technology will be able to log in using their Facebook accounts to find nearby businesses that offer validation or other discounts.
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Baltimore Is A Top Ten Digital City For Second TimeBaltimore, MD
Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake highlighted Baltimore’s ranking as the ninth most tech-savvy city government in the country, according to the Center for Digital Government’s 2013 Digital Cities Survey. For the second time, Baltimore was placed in the top ten for its innovative and effective use of information technology to deliver government services. Baltimore, along with the other top 10 digital cities, will be honored today during the National League of Cities’ (NLC) annual conference in Seattle.
In its 13th year, the Center for Digital Government Digital Cities Survey is the first and only sustained assessment of city governments’ use of information and communications technology. Baltimore was evaluated on programs that promote transparency, connectivity, civic engagement projects, and the use of technology as a finance tool.
Each year, hundreds of cities participate in the survey process. Eligible submissions are divided by population and judged on each city’s ability to show how information and communication technology (ICT) is used to support and provide public service. Each city highlighted its top ten initiatives across four categories: citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology & data. Responses were reviewed and judged by a panel of experts.
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