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Public Safety Intranet is Easily Available

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Member agencies use the LOGIS intranet site to access files for installation and to download documentation for applications. In the past, navigating to the correct area of the intranet could be difficult. To make it easier to find the public safety materials, members within the LOGIS network can access the LOGIS public safety intranet area by going to http://PublicSafety.logis.org. Once there, navigation links can be found along the left hand side of the screen. Materials on using BI Web, Premier CAD and LRMS can be found under the “documents” category. Also, some installation files and LOGIS staff contact information can be found under the “lists” category. Some applications can be launched directly from this page. In the coming months we will be adding manuals for the Premier One system as they become available.

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Category: Computer Aided Dispatch,Law Records Management

Assessing Basemap Application Matures as a Collaborative Effort with LOGIS PDS

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In one of LOGIS GIS Service’s first efforts to directly foster collaboration among LOGIS GIS and all LOGIS business applications, the GIS group released AssessingBasemap in mid 2009. This month AssessingBasemap is moving through its first transition of “Display Year” and “Current Year” data for our Property Data System (PDS) users.  This group of users will be meeting later this month to discuss the successes and possible additional requirements of AssessingBasemap.

AssessingBasemap is a web mapping application that offers common map and query functionality to assessors and appraisers to evaluate property information from the LOGIS Property Data System.  It is secured to each individual city’s assessing staff.   The interface is enabled to display a configurable list of attributes for both “display year” data and “current year” valuation data.   The application’s data is unique by city but the interface and functionality is similar across all six PDS cities.

AssessingBasemap is a standard “out-of-the-box” web application using ESRI’s ArcGISServer template.  This template provides standard mapping capabilities such as map navigation, printing, searching, and feature attribute display.  This common functionality is provided to the end-user without having to write source code.  The application is intended to be simple in both form and function without incurring significant development expense and the user can navigate and consume the basics of the application through a common “hands-on” experience without the need for training.  And, since AssessingBasemap is a web application, no need for installation, update down-time, or OS compatibility concerns.

AssessingBasemap is supported by the LOGIS GIS team with additional database assistance from the PDS support group and is available to any LOGIS Property Data System city.  Please contact the LOGIS GIS team for additional information on AssessingBasemap and other GIS solutions.

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Category: Geographic Information Systems (GIS),Property Data

Windows 7 Application Support

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The recent release of Windows 7 presented a whole new set of challenges for the Property Data, Special Assessments and Permits and Inspections Management support teams to overcome. Cities were eager to roll out both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 but needed to wait until the LOGIS staff could produce a workable solution.

New install packages and install procedures needed to be developed, and they are intelligent enough to be used on all Windows OS versions ranging from Windows XP to Windows 7, both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. Rolled into the new packages are Crystal Reports updates that resolved several existing small reporting and data exporting issues.

The new install packages are available on all participating member’s servers effective June 11, 2010.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management,Property Data,Special Assessments

PCI-DSS Compliancy is coming to Utility Billing

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LOGIS will be soon be upgrading all cities’ versions of CIS Infinity to ensure compliance with the new security standards set by the credit card industry.  PCI DSS, which stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is a set of requirements for enhancing payment data security.  This standard helps organizations like LOGIS proactively protect customer account data.

CIS Infinity utilizes functionality to pay bills using credit cards and LOGIS will be upgrading each member to the PCI compliant version that is soon to be available from Advanced Utility Systems.  These upgrades to CIS Infinity will need to occur by July 1, 2010.

If you have questions on this, please feel free to contact LOGIS Utility Billing Staff, at 763-543-2660.

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Category: Utility Billing

PCI Compliance is Coming to ePermits

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The new credit card security standard: PCI DSS

LOGIS is in the process of making changes to ensure the ePermit website is compliant with the new security standards set by the credit card industry. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is moving forward with this change in order to prevent any type of security breach or fraud. This is enforced by the major credit card companies that make up the Payment Card Industry Security Council—American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa.

This will involve specific changes to the payment function in ePermits.  All PIMS cities that use ePermits through LOGIS will need to have their software upgraded to the new versions by July 1, 2010.

We anticipate all of our ePermits cities to be up and running on the new version in time to meet the deadline. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact LOGIS at 763-543-2600.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management

Class Version 7.00 Upgrade Project Nears Completion

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The project to upgrade all of LOGIS’ Class (Parks and Rec System) users to version 7.00 of Class is nearing completion. At this point, all cities have been converted to the new version except for Richfield and Robbinsdale. Richfield is scheduled to be upgraded on June 16, and Robbinsdale will be upgraded the following week, on June 23. LOGIS recently held a user group meeting to discuss and demonstrate the new features and enhancements of Class version 7.00.

The main reason driving the need for the upgrade is to comply with the credit card industry’s upcoming security standard called “PCI DSS” (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). The new version of Class (7.00) is compliant with the standard, while the previous version (6.04) was not. Click here for more information about PCI DSS and how it affects Class.

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Category: Parks and Recreation Systems

Network Services Update

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IP Telephony Service

In May, LOGIS completed the upgrade to Cisco Emergency Responder Version 7 on our servers for our membership.  This upgrade was completed with minimal downtime (1 hour) and was tested at each of our members.  This upgrade allows our members to take advantage of the latest phones offered by Cisco along with the enhancements offered in version 7.0.

Citrix XenApp

In May, the Network Services group completed the first migration of our Citrix farms to XenApps version 6 and Windows 2008 with the successful cutover of our GL Inquiry application.  Now we are focused on the migration of the Permit and Utility Billing applications.  This upgrade allows us to take advantage of the Windows 2008 features of performance and memory allocation along with the XenApps 6 features.

Utility Billing Business Continuity Test

LOGIS completed a very successful business continuity and recovery test in May on our Utility Billing application. This recovery test involved bringing up the Utility Billing application and systems at our Brooklyn Center data center and operating out of this data center for 24 hours before reverting back to our Golden Valley data center.

This yearly recovery test is performed without the loss of data and is an essential part of our business practice to validate the LOGIS recovery plans and application systems, assure successful mirroring of data, and provide detailed cross training of staff.

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Category: Networking,Utility Billing,VoIP

gGov Provides Easy Access to Map Data

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In mid-April LOGIS GIS began replacing our older versions of ParkFinder with the capabilities of gGov.

ParkFinder was an interactive map and query tool designed for our cities to offer the public a geographic way to search for parks and park facilities in their city.  Although ParkFinder was a very functional product, it’s time had passed in favor of technology improvements and its capabilities had become an inherent part of the design and function of gGov.

gGov is a web-based, interactive map tool that cities can use to geographically expose municipal map layers, places of interest, public amenities, documents, photos and other images.  Similar to MapQuest, Google Maps, etc., its interface is very simple and intuitive.  However, it offers the distinct ability for the city to directly use its own existing enterprise GIS data sets to easily and quickly modify, add, or remove map features and attributes to meet the current information demands of the public.  It can also leverage existing map services and information links offered by other organizations.  gGov replaces our older generation internet mapping applications like ParkFinder, putting nearly all of a city’s public facing interactive mapping needs in one application.  With gGov cities can present park and recreation facilities and amenities, street and utility information, property data, places of interest, polling locations, school districts, busing zones and routes, land use, zoning, construction sites and information, event routes…  virtually any geographic information the city uses or produces.

See the gGov ParkFinder links on city park and rec web sites for Eagan, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Hutchinson.  At these sites citizens can search for parks geographically by exploring the map, toggling aerial photos on/off, measuring distances for running/walking routes, and hovering over park sites to acquire additional information.  They can also filter their view of available parks by amenity.  For example, “show me only the parks that have picnic shelters”.  Some cities implementations of gGov ParkFinder include links to detailed park and trail maps, contact information, links to seasonal photos, and other helpful additions.  All of these features simply leverage existing web site links and the cities’ existing GIS map layers.

The LOGIS GIS staff continues to assist our GIS cities with the implementation and roll-out of gGov for ParkFinder and other public facing mapping needs.  Please contact LOGIS GIS for more information on gGov and its value to your web site.

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Category: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

JD Edwards News

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A Tools Release upgrade (think of this as the   “operating system” of the JDE software) is scheduled for the weekend of July 24th-25th.

Some of the functionality within this upgrade restores the ability to easily create custom grids with “drag and drop” to switch the order of columns, and quickly resize their width.

This functionality was available prior to the change to the web client and Release 8.12. JDEdwards has restored this functionality, and with some of the enhancements made available in Release 8.12, we now have the best of both worlds.

Copy and Paste into or out of the JDE grid and Excel will also be available after the upgrade.   This did work prior to Release 8.12, however, it was never officially supported by JDE.  Finally, improvements have been made in the grid in terms of data entry and tabbing from field to field.

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Category: Financial Systems,Payroll/HR

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