International Data Group’s Computerworld Honors Program, at their annual awards program on June 4th in Washington D.C., presented the City of Bryan’s Information Technology Department with a 2012 Honors Laureate Medallion for Collaboration for their technology support of the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.
In addition to that international recognition, the Bryan IT Department also received the Center for Digital Government’s 2012 Best of Texas Award for “Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations” at their awards ceremony on July 12th in Austin which spotlights the top government IT efforts over the past year within the state of Texas.
The City of Bryan is a member of the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team (BVCART) created by the Amber Alert Network of the Brazos Valley in 2010. Bryan IT supports numerous technology resources to allow BVCART to function as efficiently as possible. There are four specific areas where Bryan IT plays a role:
Provide GIS Mapping, including assistance with search team GPS tracking and data conversion,
They provide computer support in the Mobile Command Post and Community Emergency Operations Center,
The establishment of interoperable radio communications amongst all participating agencies,
The establishment and support of a "lead" tracking system thru the use of the City’s existing digital document management application to collect, track, and distribute information throughout the multiple agencies responding to a child abduction in our area.
“There's no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an organization's ability to compete, innovate, communicate and to thrive. What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology's role in moving society forward. Computerworld acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who have successfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations,” said John Amato, Vice President/Publisher of Computerworld. "Computerworld is proud to name the 2012 class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT.”
Gus Roman, IT Director for the City of Bryan said that “This is one of those projects that we hope to never have to fully implement, but it is comforting to know that if the unthinkable were to occur and a child were to be abducted in our area, the resources that the Bryan IT Department have made available to the BVCART can be used to help find the missing child quicker and hopefully unharmed.”
The Bryan IT Department was also featured in the June 4th issue of Computerworld magazine, along with the other Honors Laureates. (Full list of award winners here.) They presented the 2012 Computerworld Honor Laureate medallion and the 2012 Best of Texas Award to the Bryan City Council during their regular meeting on July 10.