The city of Santa Monica has won two Technology Solutions Awards and received a Significant Achievement Award from the Public Technology Institute (PTI) for three new and innovative technology projects.
The city won in the sustainability category of Electronic Plan Review due to a new paperless electronic plan check submittal and review process that has been implemented by city officials.
The new system offers a user-friendly and convenient way for applicants to submit plans over the Internet and assists staff to manage and review the process more quickly and efficiently, city officials said. Applicants no longer need to make multiple car trips to City Hall for plan reviews under the system.
Santa Monica was also a winner in the category of Web & Government for workers’ compensation and general liability claims management.
Recent legislation mandates electronic reporting of all workers’ compensation and liability program medical settlements, judgments, awards or payments to claimants who are or could be Medicare beneficiaries. In order to satisfy the new requirements, officials said the city upgraded and modernized the existing claims management system.
In the category of Advanced Broadband Initiative, the city was recognized for significant achievement, telecommunications and information technology
City officials created a telecommunications master plan and built a fiber optic network that connected 59 buildings used by the city, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and Santa Monica College.
Savings realized by this project enabled the city to construct its own municipal fiber optic network, Santa Monica City Net, to support traffic cameras, security cameras, real-time parking advisory systems, a traffic signal synchronization system, and real-time mass transit signs, officials said.
This is the 12th consecutive year that the city has been recognized with these prestigious awards.
The PTI is a national non-profit technology research and development organization based in Washington, D.C., representing local governments.