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|(The following article is reproduced with permission from Hawaii's Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The article was published in the Spring 1997 issue of "Tropical Transfer," the newsletter of Hawaii's LTAP.)|
In Aurora, Colorado, you will see employees of the public works department zipping around on golf carts! What are they doing? Well, they are using a high-tech location and tracking system to document problems ranging from cracked sidewalks and potholes to zoning code violations.
Workers tour the city with their equipment describing deficiencies into a microphone. A voice-recognition system picks up the specialize, staccato vocabulary. At the same time, global positioning satellite (GPS) technology records the problem's location.
Their information is downloaded and viewed on a geographic information system (GIS). This enables the city to generate a map showing the size and location of the problem.