Bryan’s information technology department was honored Tuesday with an award for its Regional Public Safety Data Mapping Project.
The project is a collaborative effort a collaborative effort of numerous governmental entities in the Brazos Valley coordinated by Bryan’s IT department. The goal of the project was to collect data from numerous local government agencies like the Brazos County Appraisal District, Brazos Valley Council of Governments, sheriff’s office, road and bridge department, College Station, Texas A&M University and Bryan to provide all agencies information across organizational boundaries and keep public safety personnel informed of activities throughout the region.
For example, when a responder is dispatched to an incident; streets and addresses are provided from one entity to navigate to the scene. Secondary resources available include hydrant locations, historical information, previous calls for service, registered sex offender data, drug free zones, preplans of apartment complexes, manager contact information, possible hazards and building information. Property ownership, schools, parks and other points of interest are identified as well as surrounding county streets, flood plain information and aerials. This valuable information has been collected and maintained by individual agencies, but the mapping program makes it available through one source.
In the end, two goals were accomplished by this collaborative project. First, the City of Bryan made data available to area public safety personnel, and second, it launched the process by which the City would like to eventually make a subset of the information available to the public.
During the annual statewide conference this May, the Texas Association of Governmental Technology Managers (TAGITM) selected the City of Bryan for its excellence award because of the City’s ability to render vital information to area public safety personnel in an interactive, easily accessible format. The award was presented Tuesday by Rick Moore, past-president of the TAGITM.
TAGITM is a professional organization devoted to enabling municipalities, counties, schools and appraisal districts in Texas to more effectively utilize information technology systems. The association currently has more than 200 member agencies state-wide.