Fairfax County Receives 2012 Governor's Technology Awards
Sept. 20, 2012
The Fairfax County Department of Information Technology has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Governor's Technology Award in the category of IT as an Efficiency Driver-Government to Government. The award is for its Court and County Collaborative Partnership Model. The county was also recognized with two awards as a finalist in the Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government category for its Shared Services Cloud portal and in the Cross-boundary Collaboration on IT Initiatives category for the cross-jurisdictional Northern Virginia Regional Routable Centerline Project.
The Courtroom Technology Office is a division of the county's Department of the Information Technology established under a collaborative partnership model between the county executive and judicial branches to support the three courts and affiliated agencies. The strategic solution created a unique, centralized "coordinated court" business model within a "hybridized" organizational structure to research, develop, coordinate, implement and maintain courtroom technology. The centralized model strives to automate and improve information systems by collaborating and sharing resources. This structure has resulted in improved and streamlined operations for 40 courtrooms and other courthouse technology initiatives.
In addition to providing day-to-day operations and support of services and products, the Department of Information Technology is engaged in scores of internal projects to expand and improve infrastructure support and agility. The internal projects are centered around strategies for cloud computing solutions and services that include: automation; standardization; consolidation and integration. In line with these strategies, the Department of Information Technology deployed virtualized cloud-based technologies and services that are supporting more than 15,000 employees, contractors and volunteers distributed among 400 county facilities. The Fairfax County portal is a Web-based portal that provides a full range of information technology services to county end-users that can be accessed through most Web-browsers from anywhere.
The project was undertaken by five jurisdictions in the Northern Virginia area that serve as public safety answering points; the Virginia Information Technology Agency; and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Department of Information Technology's GIS & Mapping Services Branch were project managers for the multi-jurisdictional initiative. The goal was to develop a standard routable centerline data model and dataset usable by computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems throughout the region and ultimately the state. In addition, the new data model was incorporated into the Virginia Geographic Information Network state road centerline file format as a means of exchanging street centerline data in the future. By leveraging an existing business process, the team ensured that this was not a one-time project but a repeatable process that will benefit 9-1-1 systems for years to come.
Awards were presented at the 2012 Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in Richmond on Thursday, Sept. 6. For 16 years, the Governor's Technology Awards have recognized public section information technology projects that have improved government service delivery and efficiency.