SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

May 16, 2007 11:00 ET

Gwinnett County, Georgia Prepares to Go Mobile With Wireless Inspection Management Technology

Mobile Solution From Leading Government Software Company Supports Environmental and Customer Service Improvements

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2007 -- Gwinnett County, Georgia, a major metropolitan area of Atlanta, has selected Accela Wireless™ from Accela, Inc. to extend mobile inspection management capabilities to inspectors in its Planning and Development department. The mobile government solution will enable 80 inspectors to decrease time spent behind the wheel -- along with related fuel consumption and emissions -- and increase productivity in delivering inspection results to citizens and businesses.

Gwinnett County has been using Accela for several years to centralize and automate its land and permit management activities. The addition of Accela Wireless empowers the county to streamline activities related to building inspections and approvals, code enforcement, work orders, and service requests. Inspectors can shift daily tasks from the office to the field using portable devices that allow them to access permit-related data remotely from the field and have up-to-the-minute inspection activity information.

Accela Wireless is optimized for Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology, and is compatible with PDAs, laptops, and Tablet PCs running on the Microsoft Pocket PC, Windows 2000, or Windows XP operating systems.

While in the field, inspectors will be able to input their inspection results and upload the information to the agency database in real time. The application also offers an offline mode that can be used when wireless coverage is unavailable; updates can be saved to the inspector's mobile device and uploaded to the agency database once a connection is re-established or when the inspector returns to the office.

"Accela Wireless adds key functionality that will allow us to operate more efficiently in managing daily tasks, and can be implemented to conform to our existing inspection processes," said Otto Gonzalez, technical project manager for the county's IT Services division. "By enabling our inspection staff to maximize their time in the field, we can provide faster, better service to our customers."

"We are excited that Gwinnett County has decided to add powerful mobile technology to their Accela system," said Maury Blackman, Accela's president and CEO. "The county serves as a model for how government agencies can implement enterprise software solutions that improve both staff productivity and citizen satisfaction."

About Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County is located approximately 30 miles northeast of Atlanta and is home to more than 750,000 residents. Covering 437 sq. miles, Gwinnett County is within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the U.S. population. It was founded in 1818 and named for Button Gwinnett, Georgia legislator and signer of the Declaration of Independence. For more information, please visit www.co.gwinnett.ga.us.

About Accela

Accela provides innovative, Web-based enterprise software solutions that automate land, permit, and asset management processes for local, state, and federal government agencies of all sizes. Backed by more than 25 years of development and implementation in over 500 agencies in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, Accela products and services empower agencies to increase efficiencies, reduce workload, and provide citizens and businesses with more convenient access to government services. Accela is located in San Ramon, Calif. Accela products can be purchased directly from the GSA Schedule Contract #GS-35F-0249R. For more information, please visit www.accela.com.

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