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March 2019

2019 Utah Digital Government Summit is June 4

The State of Utah Department of Technology Services and Government Technology Magazine are hosting a Digital Government Summit on June 4, 2019 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. This event is free to all government employees. We hope you can join us.

 
If you influence or participate in technology decisions or implementations at any level, you will find benefit in attending. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the latest in digital government solutions, keep abreast of current policy issues and network with key government executives, technologists and industry specialists.
June 4, 2019 | Hilton Salt Lake City Center | Register Now
Post Updated: March 27, 2019
Posted On: March 27, 2019

DABC Analog Migration Project

DTS recently completed the project of migrating 26 Legacy Telrad telephone systems to a Telco Carrier provided analog solution.
Each store has been implemented with these features:
  • Consistent Main Menu greeting (Office hours and location verbiage, with a (2) option menu)
  • Standard 5 phone set configuration (additional phone sets provided per business need)
  • Phone-to-phone Paging and intercom (additional paging requirements provided per business need)
  • Speed dial and Directory capability
  • Caller ID (Inbound and Outbound calls)
  • Call mobility with Cordless handsets
  • Dedicated Fire and Security Alarm lines (identified and/or implemented for each location)

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Post Updated: April 18, 2019
Posted On: March 26, 2019

New Google Chat

Google has announced that it is replacing the old Classic Hangouts with a new Google Hangouts Chat. Classic Hangouts will no longer be available in October 2019.

The new Chat is now available in your Google Apps button.

Here is a link to Google’s detailed instructions on how to use the new Hangouts Chat. You may continue using the Classic Hangouts, the new Hangouts Chat, or both. 

Individual direct messages sent from Classic Hangouts or Hangouts Chat can be viewed and replied to in the other app.

Please note: Group conversations in Classic Hangouts or Hangouts Chat can’t be viewed or replied to in the other app. Group messages are separate between the two apps. You should recreate any group conversations you want to continue in the new Hangouts Chat.

Please contact the DTS Help Desk if you have any questions or need assistance transitioning to the new Hangouts Chat. DTS contact information can be found at dts.utah.gov by clicking the Get Help link.

Post Updated: March 27, 2019
Posted On: March 26, 2019

Maps on the Hill 2019

The eighth annual Maps on the Hill (MOTH) event, hosted by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC, was held on March 7, 2019, at the Utah State Capitol to showcase the work of the local GIS community and build awareness of GIS-related issues in Utah. The MOTH event consists of GIS professionals creating maps and presentations to tell a story using GIS. Participants set up easels, large maps, and monitors in the capitol rotunda to inform viewers about the participants’ chosen subject matter.

MOTH photo

As one participant commented, the MOTH event “highlights the diversity of how GIS and cartography are used in Utah.” This was evident, as the event featured 34 unique map submissions from a variety of local organizations, including Salt Lake County, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Utah Division of Emergency Management, and others. The maps’ subject matter was as diverse as the range of presenters, featuring information on the Transcontinental Railroad, flood risk in Utah, Lake Bonneville, Utah’s homeless population, and many other subjects.

With the diversity of subjects and presenters, the MOTH event also shows the unique skill and craft involved in telling a story using GIS tools. As another presenter stated, “Everyone thinks they can take photos and use maps now with their phones, this highlights the skill it takes to make maps and collect data to be used in maps. It’s not as simple as most think.” The presenters were all well aware of this challenge, and their efforts were recognized with “Best Map” awards. The winning maps were the Utah Geological Survey in first place; Salt Lake City Public Utilities in second; and the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, in third.

The awards are a great way to call attention to particularly effective map presentations, but it’s equally important to draw attention to the GIS field, in general, through this event. Presenters participated for multiple reasons, such as “because it’s important to be a part of the Utah GIS community,” and because “we felt it was important to have a presence so others could learn what we do, and vice-versa.”

The 2019 MOTH event was a success, and thanks to constructive feedback from the MOTH presenters, we’re hoping to make the event even more successful next year. Thanks to all the presenters and attendees of the event.

To see the map book calendar and photos of the event, visit the AGRC MOTH page.

Post Updated: March 26, 2019
Posted On: March 26, 2019

Submit New Trails for Governor’s 1,000 Miles Campaign

Bike Utah is looking for the help of GIS experts throughout the state to track all family-friendly bike paths, lanes, and trails completed since May 2017 as part of the 1,000 Miles Campaign.

About the 1,000 Miles Campaign

The 1,000 Miles Campaign is part of Governor Herbert’s Life Elevated 2020 plan and aims to “develop 1,000 miles of family-friendly trails and bike paths over the next 10 years in order to provide and promote active connections to school, work, and outdoor recreation in urban and rural communities throughout the state.” Bike Utah is honored to be the nonprofit partner designated to carry out the implementation of the campaign.

Read more here. 

Post Updated: March 26, 2019
Posted On: March 26, 2019

TURN GPS Coordinate Update April 1, 2019

TURN GPS provides real-time high precision centimeter positioning. As some reference stations within the network move slightly over time due to earth’s crustal displacement, the stations’ positions must be updated periodically to maintain accuracy.

Accordingly, the coordinates of 14 GPS stations will be updated on April 1, 2019, because their positions have exceeded the 2.5 cm variance limit. The new positions were determined by collecting 24 hours of raw GPS data from January 1, 2019, to January 2, 2019, and the data was processed using OPUS Projects holding 21 published CORS constrained.

See more here. 

Post Updated: March 26, 2019
Posted On: March 26, 2019

Updated Process to Purchase Microsoft and Adobe Software Products

We recently made changes to the procurement process for Microsoft and Adobe products (MLA software). 

Additional required fields have been added to the MLA software requests to ensure that the software is getting to the right user on the right machine in a timely manner. Providing correct information when placing orders is imperative to ensure that software isn’t installed incorrectly, to avoid any delays in getting the software, and to ensure correct tracking/allocation of software.

Please see the following for further information and instructions:

Please be aware:
  • Stock purchases must only be used when an agency does not know where the software is going, but is needing to purchase the software. Any stock purchases will be listed as available software to use and will not be installed after procurement without a separate request sent to dtssoftware@utah.gov
  • Do not choose incorrect devices as the software will be installed on and the license allocated to the user/machine specified. 
  • If you cannot find a device, please reach out to dtssoftware@utah.gov for assistance. If a device is not assigned to the correct user, please work with DTS to make the correction.
Post Updated: March 26, 2019
Posted On: March 26, 2019