or commissions third parties to store.

When Lycos refused, the man filed suit against Lycos to force it to yield the information, requesting to know to what extent the IP addresses were not only stored by the provider itself but also by the Internet backbone operators associated with Lycos. -- Hesie Online

On the Map

Kauai County and Hawaii have purchased DigitalGlobe's QuickBird high-resolution satellite imagery for more effective digital mapping in Hawaii. The imagery was purchased along with RMTC/URS -- a joint venture that provides flood hazard engineering and mapping services to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. This imagery of Kauai County and Waimea Canyon will allow local, state and federal entities to more effectively pursue flood plain mapping projects and disaster mitigation initiatives.

IT in China

The Chinese IT security market produced revenues of $265 million in 2004, growing 31.2 percent over 2003, according to the International Data Corp., which forecasts that the market will achieve a high compound annual growth rate of 28.3 percent over the next four years, reaching $921.4 million in 2009.

IT to the Rescue

Faced with diminishing budgets and staff shortages, building departments are using IT to make their programs more efficient and effective. Typical of such savings are the following examples:

  • Chicago reduced permit-processing time from 45 minutes to 30 minutes for the city, and from an average of 8 hours to 2.5 hours for its clients.

  • Ventura County, Calif., saved $1 million in costs and three staff positions over six years by applying IT to permit issuing and inspection processes during a time when its workload increased by 80 percent.

  • Louisville, Ky., reduced processing time for contractor licensing from 1.5 hours to 30 minutes for the city, and from 30 minutes to 20 minutes for the contractor.

  • Clackamas County, Ore.'s online permit process saved the county two staff positions and more than $40,000 each year, and cut clients' time by 70 percent by making the service available to them 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • Forsyth County, Ga., reduced inspection scheduling time from 10 minutes to less than one minute for the jurisdiction with reduced waiting times for their clients.

    --National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards

    Jessica Jones, Contributing Writer  |  Contributing Writer
    Shane Peterson  |  Associate Editor