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Wireless hookup. Nevada, Mo., has hired a wireless high-speed Internet provider to connect the town to the Web after other telecommunications providers said they couldn't deliver access to such a remote area.

NeighborLink Wireless of St. Louis made the entire town a hotspot, installing antennas on towers and buildings that gave residents and businesses Internet access. Users can conduct high-speed data transfers and teleconferencing via secure network connections, Nevada city manager Craig Hubler said.

The town's virtual private network gives police, fire and rescue, and construction personnel wireless broadband access from the field. Putting notebook computers in police cars are among the applications the local government plans.

I, Flobot. Prince William County, Va., is upgrading the software it uses for its automated workflow system.

The county's Information Systems Division created a bridge between the Ultimus BPM Suite 6.0 workflow system, from Ultimus Inc. of Cary, N.C., and its enterprise resource planning system for human resources and payroll functions.

Led by division chief Maneesh Gupta, the county linked the workflow system to the ERP system by using Ultimus' workflow robots, called Flobots. The Flobots automatically insert or extract information from the databases.

The integrated enterprise human resources system has reduced the error rate by 20 percent, Gupta said. The Flobots access the data directly, eliminating the need for redundant data entry, he said. Payroll clerks are the only employees who enter data into the system now. The payroll data is then integrated with the human resources system.

The rapidly growing county added 600 employees in the past 18 months, swelling its ranks to 3,600. 'We would have had to add more administrative staff to handle the increased workload if we had been using the old paper methods,' Gupta said. 'But I'm happy to report we haven't had to do that.'

Tax deal. Kansas awarded a $7.6 million contract to Tyler Technologies Inc. for property tax administration software.

Tyler Technologies of Dallas will install several modules of its Orion property tax administration software as part of a pilot in Johnson, Douglas and Riley counties before rolling out the system to all 105 counties in the state.

Johnson County, the state's largest county, is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Orion property tax administration product is a browser-based system with an easy-to-use interface that tax officials can use to access property information databases.

The software offers imbedded document imaging, property inquiries and appeals and links to track owners, related properties, multiple mailing addresses and exemption information.

The system uses Extensible Markup Language, n-tier architecture and component-based design, the company said.


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