Howard County, Maryland Selects Accela Wireless to Implement Mobile Government Services

DUBLIN, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management solutions, announced today that Howard County, Maryland has selected Accela Wireless(TM), a software application that facilitates direct, real-time access to data in an agency's database from a mobile device in the field, to be implemented in the Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits (DILP). The Department is responsible for ensuring that buildings, structures, and the environment are safe for the citizens of Howard County.

In August 2004, the County selected Accela Automation(TM) as its new enterprise e-government solution for streamlining and simplifying the permitting process. With the addition of Accela Wireless, the Department can now power inspection teams with mobile technology to shift their daily tasks from the office to the field. Inspectors will be equipped with portable devices (e.g. laptops, PDAs, etc.) that allow them to remotely access their daily inspection schedules. While in the field, inspectors will input their inspection results and the information will be uploaded to the agency database in real-time. The application also offers an off-line mode that can be used when wireless coverage is unavailable; updates are saved to the inspector's mobile device and uploaded to the agency database once a connection is reestablished or when the inspector returns to the office.

"We are excited that Howard County has decided to add powerful mobile technology to their Accela system," states Robert P. Lee, Accela's president and CEO. "By streamlining the inspection process and giving field inspectors convenient access to enterprise data, the Department will be able to respond more quickly to requests and provide a higher level of service to the citizens of Howard County."

Howard County is home to just over 245,000 residents. The County joins several other jurisdictions in Maryland that are already using Accela solutions. These include Baltimore, Gaithersburg, Prince George's County, Rockville, and Washington County. For more information about Howard County, please visit http://www.co.ho.md.us/ .

About Accela Wireless

Accela Wireless is a .NET mobile government application that extends inspection management capabilities to the field for all types of government inspections, including disaster preparedness and response, code enforcement, work orders, service requests, and more. Accela Wireless is compatible with PDAs, laptops, and Tablet PCs running on the Microsoft Pocket PC, Windows 2000, or Windows XP operating systems.

About Accela

Accela develops award-winning enterprise systems for asset management, emergency response, licensing, permitting, planning, public health, and many other processes for government agencies of all sizes. Accela's software solutions manage critical public sector applications for thousands of departments in major metro areas, cities, and counties such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Atlanta, Kansas City, San Diego County, and many others. Accela is headquartered in Dublin, Calif. For more information, please visit http://www.accela.com/.

CONTACT: Christina Clark of Accela, Inc., +1-559-627-1959, ext. 102, or
Email Contact; or Kathy Stahlman of Panache Communications,
+1-415-333-9991, or Email Contact, for Accela, Inc.

Web site: http://www.co.ho.md.us/

Web site: http://www.accela.com/




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