June 4, 2003 By Government Technology
The awards ceremony showcased the year's most outstanding developments and deployments of advanced information and communication technologies for improving traffic and transit safety, security and efficiency. Recipients were honored in eight categories and ARTIMIS won in the Advocacy area. There were nine entries in this category and three finalists. This is the sixth award from three different organizations that ARTIMIS has won.
Leon Walden, The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's project manager for ARTIMIS said, "Any award by your peers is great, but the most satisfaction comes from knowing that traffic is flowing smoother and safer."
The campaign included helping emergency response teams and law enforcement officers better utilize the system; sending monthly press releases to keep the media aware of the system; and implementing a strategic public involvement program to increase awareness among motorists in the local community. Videos were made to explain the system and presentations made to community groups.
A 2002 media analysis shows that nearly 99 percent of the clippings mention ARTIMIS in a neutral or positive light. The Web site is getting more than 100,000 hits per day and the system is now seen as the most reliable source of information in the area for motorists and other states are now looking at modeling the ARTIMIS program.
ARTIMIS is run jointly by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Ohio Department of Transportation. ARTIMIS Regional Traffic Management Center was the first to develop an area-wide 511 number to make it easier for both local and out-of-town motorists to access traffic and travel information.
ITS America, headquartered in Washington, D.C. promotes development and deployment of surface transportation technologies to save lives, time and money and improve quality of life.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.