Santa Monica a “Top Ten” Digital City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 14, 2011

CONTACT:
Jory Wolf, Chief Information Officer
City of Santa Monica
310.458.8381
Jory.wolf@smgov.net  

SANTA MONICA, CA - The City of Santa Monica was recognized as one of the top ten digital governments (population 75,000-125,000) by eRepublic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program.

“Cities that are investing in technology are capturing cost savings that are critical to continuity of operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” said Todd Sander, director of Digital Communities.

Santa Monica’s application demonstrated how its use of fiber optic telecommunications and web and mobile technologies benefit local businesses, residents and guests. With 29 Wi-Fi hot zones throughout the city, 21 pay-on-foot stations, mobile applets for iPhone® and AndroidTM users to find real-time parking information or report issues with city services, and over 80 web and social media feeds, Santa Monica makes information about the city available through a wide array of channels. The city has also made significant traffic circulation improvements through traffic signal synchronization and transit priority systems for buses and emergency vehicles. The city plans to expand on these services with the implementation of a mobile version of the city website and new mobile applets for key services.

The Center for Digital Government is a division of eRepublic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation, which serves as a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

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