Digital Communities Starter Kit

Digital Communities Starter Kit Provides Comprehensive Mobile Government Solution That Transforms Communities

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2006 – City governments can extend the reach of their employees to vital information, applications and processes for managing land use and community development activities with a new Land Management Starter Kit developed by members of the Digital Communities Initiative.

The starter kit is comprised of software applications, "ruggedized" mobile computers and wireless networking products that enable workers in the field to access the same information and processes that they have in their offices. For example, building inspectors can increase productivity by using handheld computers connected to city computer systems over a wireless mesh network to issue permits, process licenses, conduct code enforcement and other activities in real time, saving time and money while increasing the responsiveness to citizens.

The Land Management Starter Kit is the first product delivered by the Digital Communities Initiative, a collection of technology companies that have joined together to provide solutions that help forward-thinking governments transform their operations, increase economic vitality, and enhance the livability of their communities. The program combines technology and services from some of the world's leading technology companies including Accela, Cisco Systems, Intermec, Intel Corporation and Panasonic.

The Land Management Starter Kit, designed for 20 or 50 users, includes Accela Automation(R) (Land Management module) and Accela Wireless™ software; Panasonic(R) Toughbook(R) laptop and tablet computers or Intermec wireless hand-held personal digital assistants (PDAs); Intermec printers; and Cisco Systems(R) Outdoor Wireless Solution. The starter kit is available through select resellers which can be found at www.govtech.net/dcstarterkit.

About Digital Communities:
Digital communities are towns, cities, and regional areas that are working with technology leaders to plan and deploy advanced digital services that help to improve citizens' lives and transform the way government conducts business. The Digital Communities Initiative combines technology and services from some of the world's leading companies, including Accela (www.accela.com), Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com), Intel (www.intel.com), Intermec (www.intermec.com), and Panasonic (www.panasonic.com/toughbook).

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