Wins, changes and announcements from the private sector
PlanGraphics, Inc., headquartered in Frankfort, Ky. completed a geographic information system implementation plan for the Oldham Geographic Information Consortium (OGIC) in Oldham County, Ky. The six-member Consortium includes two representatives from Oldham County and one representative each from the city of LaGrange, the LaGrange Utilities Commission, the Oldham County Water District, and the Oldham County Property Valuation Administrator. The consortium was established in 2002, and one of its top priorities was to prepare a plan for building a countywide GIS. Oldham County is northeast of Louisville, and it is one of the commonwealth's fastest growing counties. The goal of the implementation plan is to bring existing and newly created information and agency capabilities together to create a collaborative GIS within the County.
IBM, announced that it will build a digital video system for the Yakima, Wa., Police Department cruiser fleet, providing officers with the tools needed to capture video of traffic stops and criminal activity in progress. The announcement marks IBM's first contract to build an "in car" digital video system for a law enforcement agency. But the company is currently conducting digital video pilot projects with seven metropolitan police departments across the country. Installed in each of the department's 32 cruisers, the IBM "in car" solution, using Coban Technologies' Video Mobile Data Terminal (VMDT), will collect data via digital video cameras mounted in the cars as well as from audio microphones worn by the police officers. The data will be fed to removable, ruggedized computer hard drives in the vehicles. At the end of an officer's shift, he or she will remove the hard drive, bring it into police headquarters, and upload any recorded evidence into a central data repository capable of storing 3.5 terabytes of data -- the equivalent of nearly 800,000 full-length novels.
The Village of Arlington Heights, Ill. (population approx. 76,000) selected Municipal Software, to provide business process automation software solutions in the building and zoning, planning, engineering, public works and health arenas. Service requests, work orders and engineering applications will be part of the project aimed at developing a comprehensive asset management system. Along with the move to an enterprise solution, there will be a high level of integration with the jurisdiction's existing GIS system Since its incorporation in 1887, the Village of Arlington Heights has grown to become the largest Cook County suburb and the fifth largest suburb in the metropolitan area. Municipal Software is headquartered in Victoria, B.C. with regional offices in the U.S.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Oracle Corp,. announced an expansion of their 20-year strategic alliance to include support for Oracle products on Sun's full line of Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86 and Linux systems. Oracle and Sun have worked together for 20 years to deliver enterprise-class data centers to over 70,000 customers around the world. With this announcement, Sun and Oracle plan to bring the same performance to low-cost, commodity-based computing by introducing standards-based clustered servers as a choice for building data centers.