SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

March 20, 2006 08:00 ET

Chula Vista, California Selects Accela Wireless and Expands GIS Capabilities

New e-Government Systems Can Aid Emergency Response and Recovery Activities Following a Disaster

DUBLIN, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management software solutions, announced today that Chula Vista, California has selected Accela GIS™ and Accela Wireless™ to provide its citizens with expanded e-government services. Accela GIS and Accela Wireless can also be leveraged by the City to facilitate emergency response and recovery activities in the event of a disaster such as an earthquake, flood, or fire.

Accela Wireless gives the City powerful mobile inspection capabilities to streamline the building inspection and approval processes. Inspectors in the Planning & Building Department will shift daily tasks from the office to the field using portable devices (e.g., laptops, PDAs, etc.) that allow them to remotely access permit-related data.

"Accela Wireless and Accela GIS add key functionality that allows our Department to operate more efficiently in managing our daily tasks for processing permits, inspections, and approvals," said Brad Remp, Chief Building Official and Assistant Director of Planning & Building for Chula Vista.

The City will also be implementing Accela GIS, an application that allows users to pull information from the City's GIS database to automate map analysis and speed up the review process. Accela GIS graphically represents a broad range of complex geographic information specific to the active case, application, or permit so agency staff can determine if there are any potential issues or violations with the particular application.

"The city of Chula Vista is taking an important step in expanding its e-government services and enhancing its emergency response program. Accela solutions offer efficiencies in managing the daily business of government but can also be leveraged in the most extreme situations to manage emergency response and recovery activities, allowing communities to get back on their feet more quickly," stated Robert P. Lee, Accela President and CEO.

About Chula Vista, California

Located just minutes from both downtown San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico border, Chula Vista is a diverse, thriving city with a population of over 230,000 residents. The City is among hundreds of other jurisdictions in California who are already using Accela solutions. These include: Anaheim, Carlsbad, Irvine, Los Angeles County, Pasadena, Placer County, Sacramento County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, San Marcos, Santa Barbara County, and Temecula. For more information about Chula Vista, visit

About Accela's Emergency Response Solution

Accela land management systems can be enhanced with Accela GIS and Accela Wireless to create a powerful emergency response solution for agencies. Accela's Emergency Response Solution provides reliable and immediate access to information following a disaster so agencies can quickly assess damage and create a recovery plan. Accela's Emergency Response Solution gives staff the immediate tracking, inspecting, and reporting capabilities needed to properly allocate resources and receive state and federal relief funds. To learn more and read a case study about this solution, visit

About Accela

Accela develops award-winning enterprise systems for asset management, emergency response, licensing, permitting, planning, public health, and many other processes for government agencies of all sizes. Accela solutions are a key component of the Digital Communities Initiative, a program that brings together a consortium of leading high tech companies to deliver comprehensive mobile government solutions that transform communities. Accela's software solutions manage critical public sector applications for thousands of departments in major metro areas, cities, and counties such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Atlanta, Kansas City, San Diego County, and many others. Accela is headquartered in Dublin, Calif. Accela products can be purchased directly from the GSA Schedule Contract # GS-35F-0249R. For more information, please visit

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