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October 2018

2018 Utah LiDAR Acquisition Updated

AGRC has awarded Aero-Graphics, Inc. (AGI) to acquire 10,450 square miles of LiDAR Elevation data. The LiDAR will be a combination of USGS Quality Level 1 (QL1), 8 points per square meter and Quality Level 2 (QL2), 2 points per square meter depending on the area. The acquisitions have begun and will continue throughout the year. The acquisitions will be completed in 2018 and project deliverables are scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2019.

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Post Updated: October 9, 2018
Posted On: October 9, 2018

Utah’s NG911 GIS Roadmap

As the State of Utah moves closer to NG911, GIS data providers will soon be required to adhere to national standards set forth by the NENA and the UCA 911 Division (section 6 of ref 1). It can be daunting navigating these standards and best practice documents, so the intent of this article is to demystify the relevant information and lay out a road map of where we are going.

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Post Updated: October 9, 2018
Posted On: October 9, 2018

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Governor Herbert has declared October Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Utah is joining the Department of Homeland Security to raise cybersecurity awareness during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility and We All Must Work Together to Improve our Nation’s Cybersecurity. 

Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety
Every day, parents and caregivers teach kids basic safety practices ‒ like looking both ways before crossing the street and holding an adult’s hand in a crowded place. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry. With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it is vital to make certain that the entire household ‒ including children – learn to use the internet safely and responsibly and that networks and mobile devices are secure. 

Post Updated: October 4, 2018
Posted On: October 4, 2018

FY19 and FY20 Rates

DTS has recently updated the FY19 and FY20 rates. You can see them here

The DTS Rate Committee met in September to approve updated rates for FY19, and proposed rates for FY20. The new rates will now be approved by the Governor’s Office and Management and Budget, and ultimately approved the Utah Legislature during the next Session in March. 

Post Updated: October 4, 2018
Posted On: October 4, 2018

Utah Wins First Place in Government Experience Awards

For the second year in a row, Utah was awarded first place in the Center for Digital Government’s Government Experience Awards. The Center for Digital Government named Utah.Gov first in the Overall State Government Experience category. Utah.Gov services also won an additional award for its notary services and for using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze analyzing resident feedback.

“It is an incredible honor that the Center for Digital Government has chosen to reward Utah’s efforts with first place again,” said Gov. Gary Herbert. “The award recognizes Utah.Gov’s collaborative effort to create strong online experiences and provide superior government services and value to residents of Utah.”

The Government Experience Awards recognize the achievements and best practices of states, cities, and counties that excel at creating useful online government services and applications.The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and sets the standard for measuring best practices in state and local government.

“Everyone involved in building Utah.Gov services works very hard to provide the very best value for Utahns by making state government more efficient and accessible,” said Mike Hussey, Utah Chief Information Officer. “The Government Experience Awards demonstrate how we are responding to Utahns wants and needs with increasingly sophisticated online experiences.”

In addition to Utah’s first-place award, Utah.Gov services won awards in the Government-to-Business Experience category for online services for notaries. Utah’s online notary service allows notaries to access online services specific to their needs across multiple channels. The State also received recognition for using AI to analyze resident feedback. The AI technology looked at thousands of comments, ranked the tone of comments and allowed Utah.Gov to find additional areas of improvement and measure user satisfaction.

To learn more visit Utah.Gov.



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Post Updated: October 4, 2018
Posted On: October 4, 2018

2018 Data Security Management Council Annual Report

Utah Code 63F-2 established the Data Security Management Council in the 2015 general session. Utah Code 63F-2-103 explicitly requires the council chair to prepare an annual report that addresses:

  • a summary of topics the council studied during the year
  • best practice recommendations for state government
  • recommendations for implementing the council’s best practice recommendations

You can view the full report here.

Post Updated: September 18, 2018
Posted On: September 18, 2018