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Miami-Dade County’s Information Technology Department Celebrates GIS's 25th Year Winning Nationally Recognized Awards And Grants.

Miami-Dade County’s Information Technology Department has been selected as a winner of the Public Technology Institute’s (PTI) Technology Solutions Awards in the Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) government category for cities or counties serving a population of 750,000 or more, for the County’s GIS Oblique Imagery implementation. For the last 40 years, PTI has actively supported local governments through research, education, executive-level consulting services, and national recognition programs.

The County’s GIS Oblique Imagery implementation was accomplished through a collaborative partnership between the County’s Property Appraiser and the Information Technology Department (ITD). This project enabled the use of imagery aerial photography taken at 30-45 degrees angle that simplified functions leading to the redesign of business processes resulting in cost-avoidance, more complete analysis and a better quality of services throughout many operational areas of the County. Increased efficiencies were realized in the Property Appraiser’s office in terms of the time required to complete an inspection, reduction of fuel consumption to mobilize crews, use of county vehicles making the overall process greener and more efficient.

Miami-Dade County also received Honorable Mention for two additional projects, the Employee Locator and the Voter Viewer. The Employee Locator, deployed in 2010, is an online system developed to assist County officials in directing resources and planning countywide emergency activations such as an approaching hurricane. The Employee Locator can also be used to locate employees living in affected areas who might need assistance. In collaboration with the County’s Elections Department, ITD developed the Voter Viewer system enabling Elections staff to view map-based voter locations, streets, addresses and electoral boundaries.

The County has also been awarded two grants totaling $39,845 from the United States Department of the Interior through the United States Geological Survey 2012 National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Program. These funds will be used to create a Federal presence by entering County geographical information into the National States Geographic Information Council’s GIS inventory system.  These finds will also facilitate training for local government and public agencies in the South Florida region by sharing data, promoting correct data usage and accurate analysis.

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