compress them and send them to the client device through the Web server," Keiller said. "It is all in real time."

He said that Laguna Beach is an ideal showcase for the technology.

"They have a strong need for GIS because of the complexities of developing there, and they have been very progressive about [using] GIS," he said. "This really streamlines their operations. Laguna Beach is really an exciting experiment."

Montgomery's challenge is to satisfy high expectations with minimal resources. Including police and fire personnel, there are only 230 employees on the city's payroll.

"Our entire network was essentially done by one person - now two," Montgomergy said. "We are doing a lot without a lot of human resources."

Nonetheless, he is planning on rolling out more GIS services.

"A lot of local governments have an issue with historical records, and many are getting into scanning those records," he explained. "We are going to integrate GIS so when you click on a parcel you can pull up historical records or images. It should be intuitive - click on the parcel and the map is there. They won't have to come and ask for an address file and leaf through it. They will be able to do it through the city's network and on the Internet."

Darby Patterson  |  Editor in Chief