The city of Santa Monica has been recognized among the nation’s top digital governments by eRepublic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program.
The city was selected in the top 10 for digital governments with a municipal population between 75,000 and 125,000.
“Cities that are investing in technology are capturing cost savings that are critical to continuity of operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” said Todd Sander, director of Digital Communities.
Santa Monica’s application demonstrated how its use of fiber optic telecommunications and web and mobile technologies benefit local businesses, residents and guests.
With 29 wireless Internet hot zones throughout the city, 21 pay-on-foot stations, mobile applets for iPhone and Android users to find real-time parking information or report issues with city services, and over 80 web and social media feeds, Santa Monica makes information about the city available through a wide array of channels, according to Digital Communities.
Santa Monica has also made significant traffic circulation improvements through traffic signal synchronization and transit priority systems for buses and emergency vehicles, and the city plans to expand on these services with the implementation of a mobile version of the city website and new mobile applets for key services, city officials note.