Wednesday 16 October 2002

IT Excellence Award 2002

Kingston upon Thames RBC has won this year's IT Excellence Award, local government's only award for achievement in the innovative and effective use of IT to improve service delivery. 

Seven councils had already been shortlisted, from the dozens that entered, and had presented their council's leading edge IT projects to a panel of judges in London. The winners were announced at the Socitm 2002 conference in Wales this week.

Charles Ward, marketing and services director of supplier organisation, Intellect, appeared to take great pleasure in announcing to Socitm delegates that the Royal Borough Council of Kingston upon Thames had won the award for 2002 with its ISIS-online public information system.

The runner up this year was Liverpool City Council with its trial of remote sensing and signalling technology to help support vulnerable people in both their own homes and residential care.

Ward described the two projects as "truly inspirational".

The IT Excellence Awards ore organised by Intellect, Socitm and Solace and were sponsored this year by Northgate Information Solutions, Oracle, PinkRoccade and Sx3.

Judging panel: Bob Griffith, Socitm; Eddie Pierce, Mentis; Karl Schneider, Computer Weekly, Helen Olsen, Local Government IT in Use; Martyn Harwood, Stroud DC on behalf of Solace.

The winning projects:

Kingston upon Thames RBC

Kingston's ISIS-OnLine web site opens up the borough's data to the public in easy, map-based format to answer questions such as 'where is…?' and 'what's there…?'. Local information, including planning, building control and highways data, based on the local government BS7666 standard, is drawn together through the web-map front end. http://isis.kingston.gov.uk

Liverpool CC 

The council has trialled the use of remote sensing and signalling technology to help support vulnerable people in both their own homes and residential care. The project is looking at the potential to reduce care costs whilst promoting the quality of life for these individuals and their carers.

www.intellectuk.org
www.socitm.gov.uk
www.solace.org.uk