participating." Major vendors assisting in the design of Technology 2000 are Attachmate Inc., Intergraph Corp., McAfee, Microsoft and Practionary Inc.
Norwood estimates that his staff will link 3,500 workstations into the network over the next two years. "Employees will be able to go to any city department, sit down at a terminal and access the information they need. We're also working toward providing real-time access for the public. Initially, that will be through Internet sites at the libraries. We are in the process now of setting up a home page on the Web for just that purpose."
PUBLIC ACCESS TO GIS
Will the public have access to GIS information from the Web using their own PCs? Di Paolo said that configuration has yet to be worked out. "Clearly, the GIS server we are going to use would be too expensive for an individual to buy. We're trying to determine, as part of our GIS plan, how we're going to make that service available."
The Internet won't be the public's only door to the GIS, said Evans. "Eventually they'll be able to dial in to the city network directly from their own PCs using Windows 95 and Remote Access, or similar software."
Svacina believes that by that time, Technology 2000 will have interactive capabilities that will allow private citizens to combine certain data for analysis and make requests for information. "We have an excellent mapping [capability], covering zoning, sewer, utilities, roads, and many other features. As we become more proficient in making data available, we'll be able to help individuals and businesses decide if they want to buy a piece of property, for example. They'll be able to call up and see the property, what it has on it, where it is located, and all the related information about zoning, utilities, transportation and so forth."
"People moving to Fort Worth who don't know the area," Norwood added, "will be able to pull up a map and see where the houses are that were recommended by a real estate agent. They'll see where the house is in relation to parks and schools. They can draw a circle around a particular house, then ask the value of the property, and surrounding properties, and find out whether those values are in an upswing or downswing. They can see where the bus routes go through, look at the crime rate in the area -- they will be able to look at many things globally that will help them make informed decisions more quickly than they could going through the same information in a tabular format."
"We're just starting on this strategy," said Di Paolo. "We still have a lot more data to collect. We've looked at the tools, we know what we want to do, and we're working on how to make that happen."