HUD E-Maps Web site proving to be solid technology marriage

HUD E-Maps Web site proving to be solid technology marriage

By Tony Lee Orr
GCN Staff

OCT. 16'The marriage of the Housing and Urban Development Department's Community 2020 software and Environmental Protection Agency databases on the Web may be smoothing out following the rocky honeymoon period since the two agencies joined forces last month.

The Web site, at www.hud.gov/emaps, which allows individuals to find specific environmental data about communities, proved to be too popular for its own good, a HUD spokesman said. The server initially crumbled under the stress of too many requests for information.

HUD initially planned for a maximum capacity of 40 simultaneous hits for its servers, but the Web site processed more than 10,000 requests to print maps in the first four hours of operation, the spokesman said.

The department upgraded the system to handle 360 simultaneous hits and plans to move to more robust servers in the near future, he said. Since its capacity was increased, the site hasn't experienced serious problems.

The system receives about 8,000 requests for maps each weekday, according to HUD.

In addition to offering specific information about government efforts to promote the environment and communities, the site provides reports on air pollution and its sources, permits to discharge wastewater and details on Superfund sites.

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