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June 2016

FY2016 DTS Invoices due July 8

As we are approaching the end of FY16, it’s time to make sure all DTS FY16 invoices are paid.  All DTS invoices need to be submitted to the accounts payable team at by July 8th.  This is very important for DTS to be able to close books for the end of the year.
If you have invoices to submit that do not have purchase orders to reference, please still submit these to the accounts payable team and they will work with you to have a PO created.  
Thank you for your support in this effort.

AGRC and UDOT Launch New Vehicle Crash Map

AGRC and UDOT have launched a new vehicle crash map application at You can view data on how many crashes take place at a particular intersection. The website not only shows crashes but how many were deadly and what the causes were, like drunk driving or weather. You can also search for crashes on a particular date, day of the week, or time of the day. 

New Virtual Apps Hosting Product

DTS is now offering Virtual Applications Hosting (VAPPS), which provides a hosting environment to virtualize and securely deliver applications to end user devices. Customers are assigned development, test, and production Remote Desktop Session Host servers within a dedicated pool. Pools are configured redundantly to facilitate high availability and disaster recovery requirements. The operating system and server resources are licensed and maintained by the Department of Technology Services.

See more information here

Utah.Gov Launches First State Government Amazon Echo Skill

The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Technology Services announced the introduction of a new Amazon Echo practice exam for the driver’s license. The added convenience of the voice activated practice exam allows new drivers to review the rules of the road in the comfort of their homes through Amazon’s voice controlled speaker and digital assistant, Alexa. The Amazon Echo was Amazon’s best selling item over $100 on Black Friday in 2015, and accounts for 25% of online speaker sales.

“We’re excited to provide new drivers with added functionality and convenience through Amazon Echo,” said Marissa Villaseñor, Director of Public Relations, Utah Department of Public Safety. “The Echo is an amazing new tool, and we are looking forward to expanding the services we integrate with Echo.”

Alexa, the digital assistant behind Amazon Echo, will help new drivers study for the driver exam by reviewing practice questions. For example, Alexa might ask, “When approached by an emergency vehicle, the driver must immediately…” and the correct response would be, “Pull to the right and stop.” Test takers respond by voice directly to Alexa. Scores are not saved or recorded for practice tests.

“Digital assistants present an incredible opportunity for simplifying business with state government,” said Mike Hussey, Utah State Chief Information Officer. “We are always looking for new ways to integrate innovative digital solutions and move beyond how we currently help Utahns interact with government.”

In addition, Utah.Gov also added a Utah State Facts skill for the Echo. Alexa will share interesting facts about the beehive state. Utahns can load the skill to the Alexa App on a mobile device.

Utah Featured in Deloitte Book on Digital Transformation

Deloitte University Press’ recently released book ‘Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies that are Transforming Government,’ by William D. Eggers, provides both vision and guidance for the digital way of thinking. Digital transformation requires seeing old problems and processes through new eyes, and it’s as much about organizational culture as it is about technology.

Utah is specifically highlighted for digitizing more than 1,100 state services, saving an average of $13 per transaction or about $500 million per year.

Delivering on Digital is available from Rosetta Books and Deloitte University Press here

Clear the Air Challenge July 1-31

The 8th annual Clear the Air Challenge is in July. The overall goal this year: eliminate 200,000 single-occupant trips to save 3 million miles.
The month long challenge starts July 1st and gives you the chance to reduce your vehicle emissions by choosing alternative methods of transportation using TravelWise strategies. By driving less and driving smarter, you will ultimately help improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy in Utah. 
Don’t forget, by participating you will be eligible for weekly and grand prize drawings by meeting, straightforward, achievable travel goals. 

If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to register. Join our “Department of Technology Services” team! When you register for the Tracker, be sure to “Join an existing team” and select “Department of Technology Services” from the drop-down list.