The City of Santa Monica has won a technology solutions award and received three honorable mentions from the Public Technology Institute for four new and innovative technology projects.

The SantaMoniCard parking meter debit-card program was recognized by the Public Technology Institute with a technology solutions award. The highly competitive award is presented to local governments who have demonstrated innovative technology solutions to improving service delivery, lowering operating costs and creating new revenue opportunities, city officials said.

The SantaMoniCard debit card is used in conjunction with the new parking meters to be found throughout the city. The new meters accept coins or the SantaMoniCard, which resembles a credit card and may be purchased at the Parking Office at 429 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 350, or at the Treasury Office in City Hall at 1685 Main St.

Three other Santa Monica technology programs were recognized in the competition with honorable mentions. The Advanced Traffic Management System is a multi-pronged approach to address traffic congestion issues that includes an improved parking information and advisory infrastructure, improved public transportation resources, and improvements to streets, intersections, signage and signaling.

Traffic signals will be remotely monitored, managed and controlled in real-time. Infrastructure improvements include upgrades to traffic signals, upgrades to existing signal control electronics and construction of a dedicated fiber optic network.

A second program honored, the Mobile Work Management System, is now available on office desktop computers and from Internet enabled laptop computers carried by Water Resource Division work crews. Field crews are able to update and view work order information without returning to the office, helping make them more efficient and ensuring that their work order information is always up-to-date, city officials said.

The third program honored, CityNet, is a collaboration of city and third-party fiber providers that provide the business community with high bandwidth communications services. The program has enabled local govern- ment agencies to construct and expand community fiber optic assets, city officials said.

The Public Technology Institute is a national nonprofit technology research and development organization based in Washington, D.C., representing local governments. The Technology Solutions Awards is a national program recognizing local governments that use technology to increase revenues, improve service to their community, save tax dollars or improve management.