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Tech refresh: Cook County to track county vehicles, automate inspections

The board of Cook County, Ill., approved technology upgrades to track the location of county vehicles and automate building inspections in a move away from a paper-based system.

The Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system will provide real-time GPS tracking of county vehicles. The county anticipates that over the next several years the new technology will improve emergency response times and speed snow removal and roadway maintenance. The AVL system also will capture performance data within county departments. The $1.7 million contract takes effect March 1, 2014.

“This is a way for Cook County to ensure that we know where county vehicles, and the employees using them, are located during the workday,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle when announcing the program.

“This information also will allow us to more effectively manage our resources and make sure we provide the best services in the right location. This is one of the ways we plan to use data to improve the county’s performance and operations.”

County vehicles will be linked to desktop, mobile and Web-based systems using the county’s geographic information system architecture. The AVL system also will help the county increase work-place safety and productivity.

The board also passed the final phase of the county’s Building and Zoning Permit Tracking Application. The e-permit process creates a mobile tool for field inspectors and allows one-stop shopping for residents seeking County permits.

“E-permits will provide the public with quicker access to permits, cut back on counter-time and move the county towards an automated system for building inspections,” Interim Chief Information Officer Mary Jo Horace said.

Posted by GCN Staff on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM


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