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Top 15 Government IT Innovators For 2012

From mobile apps to testbeds on wheels, creative thinkers at government agencies are finding ways to better serve the public.
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With 500,000 citizens, and their cars, squeezed within city boundaries of only 8 square miles, Santa Monica is taking steps to avoid a daily traffic snarl.

The city has deployed an Advanced Traffic Management System, including traffic signal controllers and cameras, to remotely monitor and manage traffic in real time. Ambulances and other public safety vehicles, equipped with transponders, automatically trigger green lights as they rush along major throughways. Buses will get those privileges next, to help them stay on schedule.

The city's parking lots are monitored, and opened or closed as necessary, while electronic signs show drivers the number of available spaces. A website, at parkingspacenow.smgov.net, shows parking availability at local lots.

Wi-Fi-equipped parking meters accept payments from credit cards and cellphones. And if drivers get a parking ticket, those can be paid via mobile device, too.

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9/28/2012 | 8:37:16 PM
re: Top 15 Government IT Innovators For 2012
I found this interesting in that people assume that the Cloud Providers understand "elasticity" and how to make it happen. Also that experts are needed to optimize and operate cloud infrastructure.

I'm seeing that management still thinks that these people are just plug and play. Plug one out that is causing waves, and plug in someone else from the stack of resumes waiting for a job. They should be able to pull their own weight once we get them access to our systems.

Tribal knowledge is not that easily passed around, nor are the 'standard ways of doing things' easily picked up.

Then there is the challenge of understanding that just because there is a slow down in an application, that people understand why there is a slow down and how to fix it.

Over the years we have seen that a CPU upgrade does not solve all the problems. A clear understanding of how things work is required to know what needs to be improved.

Thanks for publishing this and showing us that once again, there is need for real experts in the field.
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