Posted: Jun 25, 2012 8:46 PM by Alex Jones
Updated: Jun 26, 2012 10:31 AM
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia won 20 8.9 inch Samsung Galaxy tablets, which are saving city workers time and money, meaning the tablets are also saving taxpayer dollars.
Information Technology Director Robert Simms entered a box.com contest, which asked 'what would your company do with 20 tablets and a year of enterprise service with Box's secure storage cloud service.' Simms said the tablets would provide a way to make the City of Columbia more efficient and effective. In return, he won the city the tablets.
"I wrote that we'd like to get our mobile workers out in the field and make them more efficient, give them access to information, make sure they can get information back to the city people that are still here and basically make them more efficient," Simms said.
Simms said the tablets are in seven departments:
"It's something we're working to quantify," Cantin said. "We don't have numbers yet, but we're still doing what the neighborhood response team needs to be doing, but we're more directly engaging the neighborhoods. The benefits are being able to walk with the neighbors and hear their perspectives on what's going on."
Cantin said it helps them "get the ball rolling" on services and help residents in the neighborhood before having to issue a notice.
For more information on the City of Columbia's win, click here.