OnTime Utah.Gov Receives 2013 Mobile Web Award
OnTime, a free HTML5 application that provides Utah Transit Authority (UTA) riders up-to-date information about current location of transit vehicles , received a Mobile Web Award. The Mobile Web Awards were judged on seven criteria seen as requirements for a success mobile website or mobile app. They include Creativity, Impact, Design, Content, Interactivity, Ease of use and Use of the medium. Each mobile website or mobile app entry is judged against other entries of the same format in its industry category and then against an overall standard of excellence.
UTA operates a fleet of more than 600 buses and paratransit vehicles, 146 light rail vehicles, and 63 commuter rail cars in a 1,600 square mile service area covering six counties. The Authority serves approximately 1.8 million and operates in one of the largest geographical service areas of any transit agency in the U.S. The OnTime application answers the question almost every public transit rider has asked, “Did I miss the bus.” Real-time tracking lets riders know exactly where buses, light rail vehicles, and trains cars are now. Vehicle locations are refreshed every five seconds. Riders can locate vehicles two ways: either by searching for stops close to their current location or by searching transit routes. An easy to navigate map allows riders to find public transportation stops and routes nearby. In addition the application allows riders to search for route information based on scheduled routes. The accuracy of the users location may vary depending on the device being used. Mobile devices utilizing a data plan tend to pinpoint the users location with more accuracy whereas devices using Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the web are less accurate. To further better serve transit riders, application users can sign up to receive scheduled SMS notifications when a transit vehicle is approaching a stop nearby. Riders can adjust the time for advanced notifications.
Join Us for the DTS Holiday Open House
We will be holding an event in Richfield on December 10th for DTS employees located in the Rural Campus (southern area of the State).
Service Now Updates
The second quarter FY14 Service Catalog has been loaded into Service Now. By negotiating prices among PC Stores contract vendors the DTS Procurement team helped save State agencies $62,700 in the first quarter of FY14.
Business Case Encumbrance is a new feature that has gone live in Service Now. Previously, Service Now did not notify end users that their business case was out of funds before the purchase was approved. Now users will be notified that the business case is out of funds and by how much when users proceed to submit order. A pop up box will notify users that they have exceeded the limit, and how much the business case will need to be amended by in order to proceed. To view how much money is on the business case, see the business case module in Service Now. By clicking the business case name, users will be able to view the original, encumbered, and expended amounts in addition to any amendments.
Security Awareness Training
The 2013 Security Awareness Training is available for all employees at securityawareness.utah.gov. DTS employees must take the training before December 31, 2013. If you have not yet taken the training this year, please do so as soon as possible. One of the most important elements of our defense and protection of the State's information assets is user awareness and training.
Governor Herbert is granting four hours of administrative leave to employees during the holiday season (November 29 - December 31) in appreciation for the hard work and public service of our great State employees. Also, we would like to give each DTS employee an additional four hours of Admin leave. Each full time DTS employee will have eight hours of Admin leave they may use during the holiday season.
This leave should be pro rated based upon hours normally worked by each employee. Please work with your HR Field Office Managers to ensure that proper leave amounts are granted.
When entering your leave time into Changepoint, please remember to use the 'Leave-Other-Administrative (OA)' and enter a note indicating that you used the Holiday Administrative Leave.
I want to thank you all for your great effort this last year. We have a great team here at DTS. I truly appreciate your dedication and commitment.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
"Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate Michael Foulger in helping the staff of the Division of Water Rights in using ESRI products.Michael has been able to give us clear and concise directions in setting up our data on the SDE for the Department of Natural Resources. He has helped us publish our data to ArcGIS Server. Where we were frustrated with the products not working, Michael was able to understand what we wanted and showed us how to implement the services Michael has saved us hours in getting the applications to work. He is willing to help answer questions in a timely manner and it has been a pleasure to work with him in getting our data onto the SDE and ArcGIS Server. Michael has the ability to explain complex ideas in a manner where we are able to understand and put his ideas to work. Again, it has been very helpful to have Michael provide us direction."
- Lee Eschler
DTS Hosting recently performed the first phase of Active Directory conversion at the Department of Corrections. Computers were brought down, the conversion done, and then the computers were brought back up. Rayma Stohel and her staff spent long hours making sure everything was up and running for all the shifts. During every shift at the Prisons, a log is kept of all activities. The log doesn't have many "positive" entries as would be expected but on this day there was actually a log entry that said "DTS Helping with Computer Issues: DTS staff are now leaving the site. They have been helping to resolve many problems. The staff would like to express their appreciation for the extra time and assistance given." Mike Haddon, the Deputy Director of Corrections saw the log entry and gave thanks to all the DTS staff for working on this conversion. It was nice to see a comment in the problem log from the officers on duty that night. Rayma and her staff did a great job and stayed with the problems until everyone was satisfied.
"I wanted to say “thank you” for joining our meeting on Monday and also commend you on the Utah IT team working with us on the MMCS project. I have been really thrilled with how solutions-oriented, skilled and helpful they have been, across the board. It’s very exciting to be working with such great partners!
Thanks again for your time."
- Chandra Moss, PMP