Auburn, Ala. - The City of Auburn has received a “Bright Ideas” designation from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for its multi-phased information technology system that integrates internal and external data into a map-based system. The Bright Ideas initiative highlights noteworthy and promising government programs and practices from across the nation to serve as a catalyst in the adoption of innovative ideas by government entities.
The City of Auburn’s Information Technology Department was highlighted for its work in consolidating data into a visual web-based tool that provides a more accurate picture of daily and emergency operations and improves safety and performance among first responders. The solution leverages multiple real time data systems within an interactive geographical information systems (GIS) map at minimal cost and without changing the data providers’ business practices.
Jim Buston, Assistant City Manager and Chief Information Officer, says "the recognition is a true honor coming from such a prestigious organization" and that the Information Technology Department will continue to be at the forefront of helping deliver innovative and cost effective services to the citizens of Auburn.
City of Auburn public safety professionals use the system to analyze response times, crime areas, fire events, and traffic incidents easily categorized by location, type or severity. Sex offender data is accessible through the system, greatly simplifying the analysis and notifications needed to locate a registered sex offender in a particular area. In addition, the application is integrated with Auburn University’s facility management software, providing first responders access to campus floor plans and associated information. Future work will include integration of live camera feeds, emergency equipment locations, room capacities, and other relevant campus information.
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is the branch of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University that fosters creative and effective government problem solving and has developed a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation. The City of Auburn’s Bright Idea will be highlighted on the Ash Center’s Government Innovator's Network, advancing the opportunity for it to be adopted by other municipalities in addition to being considered for the Innovations in American Government Award.
For more information, contact the City of Auburn Public Affairs Division at 501-7260.