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Santa Monica Wins National Recognition for Technology Solutions

March 7, 2011
Jory Wolf
Chief Information Officer
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The City of Santa Monica has won two Technology Solutions Awards and received a Significant Achievement Award from the Public Technology Institute (PTI) for three new and innovative technology projects. This is the twelfth consecutive year that the city has been recognized with these prestigious awards.

Electronic Plan Review
Winner, Sustainability Category

A new paperless electronic plan check submittal and review process has been implemented by the City. The new system offers a user-friendly and convenient way for applicants to submit plans over the Internet and assists staff to manage and review the process more quickly and efficiently. Applicants no longer need to make multiple car trips to City Hall for plan reviews. Electronic management of plans has resulted in significant efficiencies and savings for applicants and the City.

Workers' Compensation and General Liability Claims Management
Winner, Web & eGovernment Category

Recent legislation mandates electronic reporting of all workers' compensation and liability program medical settlements, judgments, awards or payments to claimants who are or could be Medicare beneficiaries. In order to satisfy the new requirements, the City upgraded and modernized the existing claims management system. All work is performed using a web browser and the overall claims management process makes use of electronic documents. Claims documents move electronically within the City and between the City and outside agencies such as medical and attorney offices.

Advanced Broadband Initiative
Significant Achievement, Telecommunications & Information Technology Category

The City created a telecommunications master plan and built a fiber optic network that connected 59 buildings used by the City, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and Santa Monica College. Savings realized by this project enabled the City to construct its own municipal fiber optic network, Santa Monica City Net, to support traffic cameras, security cameras, real-time parking advisory systems, a traffic signal synchronization system, and real-time mass transit signs. The City also leases dark fiber and lit services to local businesses for affordable broadband.

The results of Santa Monica's advanced broadband initiative are a reduction in construction costs of new broadband service, an increase in purchasing power of connected local businesses, and a broadband market expansion for global Internet Service Providers that now offer service to small, medium and large commercial buildings. The program also supports an environment for local businesses to compete in the global economy with cutting edge network solutions.

The PTI is a national non-profit technology research and development organization based in Washington, DC, representing local governments. The PTI Technology Solutions Awards is a national program recognizing local governments that use technology to increase revenues, improve service to their community, save tax dollars, or improve management.

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