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Public Safety Systems, Addresses and the Geofile

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The public safety suite of applications at LOGIS relies on accurate location based information contained in the “Geofile”.  Reliable location data is a must for dispatching police, fire and medical units.  Also, reports and crime analysis need this accuracy.  The Geofile in use with the current system is made up of street names and address ranges.  It facilitates the display of location or spatial data like parks, lakes, hydrants, etc.

The new suite of public safety software from Motorola, known as PremierOne, will have a Geofile that also includes address points.  An address point identifies a specific geographic or spatial entity and can be associated with an individual address.  Physical accuracy will therefore be enhanced, so will dispatching, reporting and mapping.  The expectation is that the maintenance of the address point features of the Geofile will be a collaborative effort across the jurisdictions.  Finally, PremierOne as well as the current public safety system suite at LOGIS utilize GIS software from ESRI, the national leader.

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Category: Computer Aided Dispatch,Geographic Information Systems (GIS),Law Records Management

LOGIS GIS is helping our cities standardize mapping for disaster response and damage assessment

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One of the many ways LOGIS GIS assists our public safety group and other emergency responders from our member cities is through the compilation and delivery of paper and digital “cab books”.   These map books are specific to the jurisdictions of the cities and have, in recent iterations, been designed with the U.S. National Grid system as the primary focus of the page layout.

The U.S. National Grid (USNG) is based on a common geographic projection and rectangular grid system (Universal Transverse Mercator).  A practical advantage over using geographic coordinates (latitude, longitude) is that USNG location references correlate directly to field measurements.  In other words, distances can be accurately measured between two locations easily, and the precision of locations and measurements can be maintained consistently across the state and across the nation. This is not true with geographic coordinates.

The compilation of our U.S. National Grid “cab books” has been a collaborative effort.  LOGIS GIS staff solicited assistance in sheet layout, design, and national compliance requirements from the city of Edina’s GIS staff and we acquired USNG data source information from Dakota County’s Office of GIS as well as other sources.  LOGIS GIS then compiled and delivered comb bound paper copies of the books to several of our GIS member cities and has created digital pages of the books for all of our GIS member cities.  Since many of the map layers of these books are updated regularly for a variety of other city GIS needs, the compilation procedure has been embedded in our enterprise GIS.  In this way LOGIS GIS, city, and agency staff can quickly and easily reproduce up-to-date replacement pages for their books whenever necessary.

Please contact the LOGIS GIS staff for more information about USNG “cab books” for your city.

For more information on the implementation of the U.S. National Grid in Minnesota, please see this article.  http://www.mngislis.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=445

Also see the following for information on the USNG as a state standard. http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/committee/standards/usng/usng_standard.htm

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Category: Disaster Recovery,Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Certification 2010

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The Fall Certification process for Utility Billing is approaching for 2010. This entire process assists cities obtain payments from residents for unpaid Utility Bills. Once the outstanding Utility amounts are not paid by an established date, the charges are certified to the owner’s property.

This entire process involves configuration, reconciliation, sending out letters to owners/tenants, applying a fee, and finally writing off the amounts on Utility Billing.

If you haven’t already, please fill out the pertinent documents and return to UB Support:

  • 2010 Fall Certification Questionnaire
  • 2010 Fall Certification Process

If you have questions or need the documents, please feel free to contact LOGIS Utility Billing Staff, at 763-543-2660.

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Category: Utility Billing

Class Now Allows You to Control Required Account Fields

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Have you ever tried to set up a mailing list of your customers only to find that some of your customer accounts were missing critical information? With version 7.00 of Class (which has been implemented in all LOGIS member cities), there’s now a way to ensure that none of your new customer accounts will be missing the important information you need! Class lets you be in control of which customer information is required and which information is optional when creating new customer accounts.

The new Manage Account Required Fields Screen allows you to specify different required fields for different account types (family, organization, or team), and also lets you differentiate between required information at the account and client levels. You can even tell Class what information you want customers to provide when they create their own accounts on eConnect (if you allow eConnect account creation). You can access the new screen at System Maintenance Module > Accounts Tab > Manage Account Required Fields.

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Category: Parks and Recreation Systems

Microsoft Outlook Coming to PIMS Scheduling

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The PIMS Scheduling module has undergone a new enhancement. After years of requests and research, the PIMS user community will be able to view real time Microsoft Outlook appointments in the PIMS Scheduling module. They will also have the ability to view PIMS inspections and appointments in Microsoft Outlook.

There will be some set-up involved in order for the new functionality to work properly. LOGIS will work with specific staff members at each city to ensure a successful transition. This new interface will be optional per city.

The enhancement is currently in test.  We plan on releasing the production version to the City of Lakeville for field testing within the next few weeks. Upon completing successful field testing, we will release it to the rest of the cities.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management

City of Saint Paul Announces New Special Assessment Web Site

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The City of Saint Paul announced the launch of their new eProperty web site hosted by LOGIS.  Our staff and the Saint Paul Real Estate staff worked together to create the new site which has an updated look. The goal was to develop a site which would give citizens and Title Companies easy access to real time assessment information with an easy to navigate web interface.

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Category: Property Data,Special Assessments

Network Services Update 7/12/2010

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Citrix Xenapp

In June, LOGIS completed the migration of the mobile users of our Permits, Property Data, and Special Assessment applications to the new Citrix Xenapps (6.0) server farm.   Once this migration was completed, we immediately began the conversion of our Utility Billing users and servers.  To date we have migrated three utility billing cities to the new farm with the remaining 20+ cities scheduled to be migrated during the months of July and August.

Media Server

In June, LOGIS completed the implementation of a new Windows 2008 media server.  This implementation transforms our existing media server offerings from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 and allows our members to utilize the additional features inherent to Windows 2008.  These features include Advanced Fast Start, Advanced Fast Forward, Fast Reverse and additional media formats such as:

  • Windows Media Audio (WMA)
  • Windows Media Video (WMV)
  • Advanced System Format (ASF)
  • MP3
  • Windows Media playlist (WSX)
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Category: Networking,WAN

ArcGIS 10 has arrived!

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The long awaited ArcGIS 10 has arrived.  LOGIS GIS and our member cities received ArcGIS 10 on June 30.  LOGIS staff immediately began a transition to full time use of ArcGIS 10 and expects to complete the transition in our office during the week of July 12.  The upgrade will include ArcGIS Desktop, our concurrent use license manager for ArcInfo and extensions, ArcReader, ArcSDE, and ArcGIS Server.

The GIS Policy Committee has discussed this transition and the roles that LOGIS GIS and our cities will have in this process.  Your city will fit into one of the following scenarios.

  1. Ready for upgrade immediately.  LOGIS GIS staff will assist with installs and licensing.
  2. Ready for upgrade immediately.  City will manage all installation and licensing.
  3. Upgrade schedule is dependent upon certification of other 3rd party software, for example, Cityworks, Cartegraph.  These cities may need to run a mixed version environment of ArcGIS products for 6-12 months.

LOGIS GIS and the GIS Policy Committee strongly recommend that all cities in scenarios 1 and 2 upgrade to ArcGIS 10 at their earliest convenience.

LOGIS GIS staff is now primarily supporting ArcGIS 10.  We will continue to run ArcMap 9.3 in a virtual machine environment until August 31, 2010.  With approval of the GIS User Group we will discontinue support for ArcGIS 9.x products at that time.

Since ArcGIS 10 training was offered in April we do expect that some end-users may need a brief refresher before they become proficient with the new software.  Please let us know if additional training is need for you or a staff member.

Enjoy ArcGIS 10.

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Category: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

JDE Financial Support Team Announces 2010 Training Schedule

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The Financial system support team has reviewed the user group responses for a series of training classes scheduled for late summer through late fall 2010. The refresher classes will focus on expanding the day to day use of the various tools within the JDEdwards software to utilize functionality and gain efficiencies when processing periodic tasks.

Almost fifty sessions have been scheduled to review and expand task topics ranging from “Basic Navigation” and “General Ledger Set-up” to “A/P Tips and Tricks” and “Optimizing JDE Software by Leveraging Microsoft Excel”.

The training schedules are available to all members on the JDE Financial Intranet.

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Category: Financial Systems,Payroll/HR

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