LA confidential: County property data secured online

LA confidential: County property data secured online

By Trudy Walsh

GCN Staff

MARCH 28'Los Angeles County has forged a partnership with Core Software Technology to create an online property information site. The Pasadena, Calif., company debuted the site, at www.imagenet.com, this month.

Los Angeles County Assessor officials send county property data to Core on 9-track tapes, customer service representative Jon Heinsius said. Core stores the information in an Oracle8i database. Visitors to the site register with a password and can search, order and receive property information from their home or office over the Internet.

"The Assessor's Office gives us the information, and we market and sell it via the Internet," Heinsius said. The county and company share the profits from the site. In addition to Secure Sockets Layer encryption, the site uses credit card authentication services from CyberCash Inc. of Reston, Va.

The site currently consists of local tax roll information, which is all text: addresses, parcel numbers and historical information. Soon, www.imagenet.com will include graphical data such as parcel maps, aerial photos and high-resolution satellite imagery.

Core's TerraSoar software is the engine that powers www.imagenet.com, marketing coordinator Justin Holtzman said. Written in C, TerraSoar runs on top of a browser and lets users access images, audio, video and text files, he said.

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