SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

April 11, 2006 08:00 ET

Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Selects Accela Automation as New Enterprise E-Government Solution

Web-Based System Provides Unified Government With an Integrated Solution for Managing All Land Development Activities

DUBLIN, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2006 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management software solutions, announced today the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas has selected Accela Automation® to be implemented as the Unified Government's new enterprise permit and land management solution. The solution will be deployed in the Unified Government's Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, Rental License, Business License, Service Request Center, Environmental Health, and Urban Planning and Land Use departments.

Accela Automation provides the Unified Government with a Web-based, enterprise solution that is flexible enough to meet the needs of everyone in the agency. Employees will use the new application to automate permitting, inspections, workflow, project management, plan review, code enforcement, and other critical agency functions. Users will access the application using a Web browser, reducing the IT effort needed to configure and maintain the application on client machines.

"Accela Automation provides us with an integrated, end-to-end solution for managing our development functions as well as our neighborhood stabilization and preservation activities, including enhanced tools for providing citizen access to permitting services, GIS integration, and mobile government capabilities," stated Greg Talkin, Director of Neighborhood Resources at the Unified Government.

"Accela Automation allows agencies to expedite the application review and inspection process to improve internal efficiencies, increase citizen satisfaction, and spur economic growth in their communities," states Robert P. Lee, Accela President and CEO. "This enterprise implementation will dramatically impact how effectively and efficiently the Unified Government delivers services by providing staff with tools that reach out to customers in many ways -- from accepting applications via the Web to completing inspections in the field."

Additional business solutions to be implemented by the agency include:

Mobile government -- Accela Wireless™ delivers mobile inspection capabilities to streamline the inspection and approval process for the Unified Government. Field inspectors will be able to 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, complete inspections, create correction notices, and process sign-offs. Updates are uploaded to the agency database in real-time for jurisdictions that have wireless connectivity in the field. Otherwise, agencies use the application's off-line mode where updates are saved to the inspector's mobile device and uploaded to the agency database once a connection is established or when the inspector returns to the office.

GIS integration -- Accela GIS™ enhances Accela Automation by incorporating map data from the Unified Government's existing GIS database and giving staff direct access to all geographic land use, zoning, and infrastructure information associated with a parcel, permit, inspection, or plan. Built on the ArcIMS™ platform by ESRI®, Accela GIS seamlessly integrates with Accela Automation to provide automated map analysis.

Citizen access -- The Unified Government will be implementing a citizen access portal that provides real-time, direct access via the Internet to the Unified Government's permit and land management activities. Citizens and businesses will be able to apply and pay for permits, schedule inspections, check the status of a permit or inspection, or print an approved permit directly from the Internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City was created in 1997 when Wyandotte County voters overwhelmingly approved consolidating the city and county governments. Today, the Unified Government is home to more than 150,000 residents. The Unified Government joins several jurisdictions that have recently selected Accela Automation as their new enterprise e-government solution. These include: Reno, NV; Omaha, NE; Onslow County, NC; Contra Costa County, CA; Sacramento County, CA; Washington D.C. Department of Health; and Rochester, MN. For more information about the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, 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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