For the 12th consecutive year, the Public Technology Institute has granted the City of Santa Monica multiple awards, the City announced Monday. The honors pertain to three new technological innovations developed by the City.
Among the honors were two Technology Solutions Awards, in the Sustainability and Web & eGovernment categories. In the former bracket, the City was recognized for its Electronic Plan Review, a paperless check-submission and review plan. According to the City, the electronic-management system has saved money for applicants and the City alike.
In the latter category, the City was noticed for another electronic achievement, related to its recently upgraded Workers' Compensation and General Liability Claims Management system. Now, claims documents including payments are transported electronically between city divisions and agencies.
Finally, the City was honored in the Telecommunications & Information Technology Category for its Advanced Broadband Initiative. More specifically, the City was recognized for its telecommunications master plan and the fiber-optic network that connects 59 city buildings.
The system, Santa Monica City Net, has facilitated traffic cameras, security cameras, real-time parking advisory systems and other traffic-oriented measures. The City was also noted for its leasing of dark fiber and the affordable broadband it provides to local businesses.