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January 2018

Thank You 2017 Imagery Partners

Please join AGRC in sending out a big “Thank You” to the 7 organizations that contributed funding toward the 2017 6-inch aerial photography updates licensed from Google. They are:
  • Blues Stakes of Utah
  • Mountainland Association of Governments
  • Salt Lake County Surveyor’s Office
  • Utah Department of Natural Resources
  • Utah Department of Transportation
  • Wasatch County
  • Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), and
  • Weber County

AGRC has a proposal under consideration for an ongoing state-level geospatial fund for future ‘enterprise’ acquisitions like this. Stay tuned. But, in the meantime, it’s great to have these new and returning imagery sponsors help sustain this vital resource for the state. 

2018 Maps on the Hill is January 30

Sign Up Now for 2018 Maps on the Hill !!! 

The Utah Geographic Information Council’s 2018 Maps On The Hill exhibition will be held Tuesday, January 30th (7-10am) in the State Capitol’s rotunda. This is the 7th annual MOTH event, and its success depends on geospatial professionals and students like you signing up to show your best work to decision makers and the public.

This year’s theme, “GIS for Better Decisions,” will highlight how GIS increases understanding and improves outcomes, including the quality of life in Utah.

Again this year, UGIC will enlist a three-judge panel to recognize the best map displays. Bring your best and leave with a framed certificate, bragging rights, and other prizes!

Sign up today! The deadline to reserve your spot at MOTH is January 12. The earlier you sign up, the more time you have to craft your display and your page in the printed map book.

December 2017 SUCCESS Projects

Here is the December SUCCESS report.
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget has asked all state agencies to improve state government by 25%. A set of tools and concepts known as the SUCCESS Framework (more info here) have been designed to achieve concrete results. The main concepts of the SUCCESS framework include:
Set clear, measurable, and ambitious goals
Use data, analysis, and thinking tools
Create the strategy
Create the organization and culture
Engage employees and customers
Synchronize projects and policies
Stay focused
DTS fully supports and is fully engaged in the SUCCESS framework to provide operational improvements for the agency. We currently have two SUCCESS projects, for which we are providing metrics on a monthly basis.

Benefits of G Suite Enterprise

The State of Utah’s Google domain processes nearly 13 million email messages monthly.  Additionally, the state adds nearly one million files to Google Drive each month. There are nearly 150,000 shares from Google Drive with external parties and almost twice as many internal shares.

By upgrading and standardizing on Google’s G Suite Enterprise edition, DTS acquires the capability to monitor and secure the ever increasing quantities of data being stored and shared.  The state also benefits from new features and enhancements.

Security Tools:

  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Gmail and Google Drive provides the ability to scan email and files in Drive for sensitive data based on defined patterns.
  • Information Rights Management (IRM) capabilities in Google Drive protects files from unauthorized distribution.
  • Advanced audit reports and alerts
  • Domain wide managed security keys to authenticate users.

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Team Drives allow organizations to upload, create, or modify documents owned by the domain and not individual accounts.
  • Unlimited storage for email and its contents, files uploaded to or created in Google Drive, and pictures and video uploaded to Google Photos.
  • Open and edit files in their native applications without having to download files first and then upload them after.  (Google File Stream)
  • Host video conferences with up to 50 participants. (Google Meet)
  • Dial up options to video conferences for users that don’t have video capabilities.
  • Ability to record video conferences for future playback.

2018-2021 DTS Strategic Plan

DTS has recently published the the 2018–2021 Strategic Plan. See it here. The plan provides strategic goals and direction to the state’s technology community about how DTS will continue to be a strategic, secure, responsive, and innovative information technology (IT) partner organization. In addition, the strategic plan will help government leaders evaluate and prioritize the technology innovations that could enable them to achieve their business and service delivery objectives. Each agency should carefully consider how the strategic goals outlined in this plan align with agency objectives. The plan presents technology trends that DTS leaders identified as relevant and describes how these trends will affect the direction for IT management statewide. Technology allows agencies to perform more efficiently and fulfill citizen needs, and it will continue to provide a vehicle for innovative solutions. DTS must ensure that IT initiatives align with agency priorities, both now and in the future. And to meet the needs of the mobile citizenry, DTS and agencies must also work together to adapt planning and governance processes to the emerging world of 24/7 access to government.

DTS Service Catalog Changes

The Service Catalog has a new look! We have modified the catalog to better represent the
content. In doing so, we rearranged many of the forms under Service Catalog topics to be more helpful when searching. The overall objective is to move as many forms from “” to ServiceNow. Highlights of changes:

  • Many Help Desk items related to telecomm have been moved into the Network/Telephony Forms
  • There is a new Hosting Services catalog

You can see more information here. 

Utah Opts in to FirstNet

On Tuesday, November 6th, Governor Herbert announced that Utah has now opted in to using FirstNet for its Public Safety First Responders, making it the 31st state and territory to opt into this network.

FirstNet and it’s partnering provider AT&T will operate and further maintain a public safety telecommunication network at no cost to Utah.  FirstNet will invoke innovation opportunities for the state and create a system devices, apps and tools that are modernized.  This will completely alter the way that Utah’s police, EMS, and other public safety personnel communicate with each other during large events, crises and other safety concerns.   These include:

  • Handling day-to-day operations of Utah’s thriving convention and event businesses, specifically Park City’s annual Sundance Film Festival.
  • Enhancing network communications during natural disasters, like the fires at Brian Head in June 2017
  • Heightened network coverage throughout all of Utah, including it’s majority of rural and underserved areas that will benefit these communities
  • Furthermore, drive infrastructure investments and more state-wide jobs
View more info here.

Updated Network Services Product Description

DTS has updated the Network Services Product Description to include wireless services. View the product description here.

Wireless Services

Effective Nov. 1, 2017, DTS will provide the following wireless services. For larger buildings, DTS will cover the cost of wireless access points for coverage in main front lobby areas and primary conference rooms.  If the agency desires coverage for other employee work areas, private offices, and secondary conference rooms, the agency will have to purchase the necessary access points. For small office buildings (under 30 employees), DTS will provide up to four (4) access points for wireless coverage.  For medium size buildings containing more than 30 and  up to approximately 100 employees, DTS will provide up to 12 wireless access points. For large buildings containing over 100 employees, DTS will provide up to 20 wireless access points. For multi-agency buildings, wireless access points will be assigned proportionately per number of employees each agency has in the building.

Requests for additional wireless access points beyond the standard will require a business justification and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Requests for all wireless installations should be completed via the online form on DTS’ website. Requests for exceptions outside of the standard offering above can be submitted via the same form. (With the justification for non-standard exception filled in).

For those agencies wishing to purchase additional access points, beyond the standard, a request can be made via the same online form with the authorization for additional charges completed.*

*Charges for additional access points, beyond the standard, will be billed via an SBA and will include: 

  •  The cost of the Access point(s).
  •  Any additional hardware and wiring required to accommodate those access points.
  •  Yearly maintenance cost.
  •  Replacement cost (at 5 years or at the request of the customer).
  •  Associated labor for installations and replacements.

Utah Recognized in NSGIC Geospatial Excellence Awards

Through its Geospatial Excellence Awards, the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) recognizes individuals and organizations that advance the capabilities of geospatial technology, and promote NSGIC’s goals of efficient and effective government.

At NSGIC’s Annual Conference this September, two of the national geospatial excellence awards (see all) went to Utah-led initiatives.

Champion Award: Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Kelleigh Cole and GOED, Champion Award

Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development, through its Broadband Outreach Center and Office of Outdoor Recreation, has championed the use of GIS and enterprise mapping initiatives to deliver value to Utah citizens and businesses. Projects include residential broadband mapping, commercial broadband availability, trail and recreational amenities GIS data layers, partner funding for high resolution aerial photography, and – Utah’s award-winning state economic development interactive map. In particular, Kelleigh Cole, Director of GOED’s broadband center, has been an active, supporting, and connecting partner to Utah GIS for the past 6+ years.

Catalyst Award: Utah Land Information Records (LIR) Initiative

Evan Curtis, Catalyst Award

The Utah Land Information Records workgroup, a multi-agency partnership of state and local government was formed and facilitated by Evan Curtis, the State Planning Coordinator in the Governor’s Office. Over several months, the group defined a best practice for the voluntary sharing of annual, detailed tax parcel data. This included conceptual recommendations and content guidance in the form of a data model. In its first year, 20 of 29 Utah counties contributed to this open, statewide GIS data layer that is used to support economic development, public safety, planning, and other important application areas. Rodney Bennett, 2016 Chair of the Utah Assessors Association, and Ted Knowlton, Deputy Director of Wasatch Front Regional Council, provided instrumental facilitation to the discussions that formed Utah’s approach to sharing this valued information.

Ted Knowlton, Catalyst Award