While delivering ‘digital as default’ public services is a UK Government priority, many other countries around the world are also focusing on eGovernment as a way to increase engagement with their citizens and improve service delivery. Idox has a strong relationship with local and central government in Norway, as Idox Elections was awarded contracts to support Norwegian municipal and county elections held in September 2015. This follows Idox Elections’ success in delivering similar electoral management services during the Norwegian General Election of 2013. In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at the reasons why Norway is a leader in digital government and considers the areas they are likely to focus on in coming years.
The Association of Electoral Administrators recently held its 10th National Seminar in Sheffield. Idox, an exhibitor at the event and a leading supplier of Elections Services, actively engages with issues affecting the field of electoral administration.
This year’s seminar focussed on the continuing changes and challenges within electoral administration particularly in light of the Government’s proposal to end the transition to IER, the Votes for Life Bill mentioned in the 2015 Queens speech and the probability of a referendum on Europe in the next two years together with the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2016 and the National Parliamentary and Assembly elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Everyone involved is constantly looking to improve the processes and maximise value for money with public funds.
The programme also highlighted the challenges that electoral administrators are about to face in the registration of electors and the conduct of elections over the next 12 months. The overall conclusion is that the election process continues to be resource-intensive, costly, reactive and dictated by central government, when it could be significantly improved by the implementation of the Association’s members’ own policies and suggestions.
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The shift within the public sector towards ‘digital as default’ delivery of services is a key priority of the UK government. Part of this digital transformation is about making services citizen-focused, something that Idox, as a market-leader in supplying software solutions to UK and international public sector organisations, is doing with its new iApply combined online planning and building control submissions service. More generally, digital transformation relies on organisations understanding the benefits and efficiencies that can be achieved. The Government Digital Service was set up in 2011 to lead on digital transformation and inspire radical change. In this article Idox’s Steven McGinty considers what the GDS has achieved and what the future holds for it.
Cloud Amber, a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions, has designed and developed Stand Manager, a cutting edge stand management system that improves utilisation of bus terminal space by up to 70%.
The Stand Manager assists bus terminal operators to ensure smooth throughput of buses on bus stands, by allocating vehicles to appropriate stands and providing vehicle information to drivers, operations staff and passengers, dynamically adapting to avoid congestion and queuing.
Full article: Cloud Amber launches the Stand Manager
Exploring policies and practice to enhance the professional development of doctoral researchers and research staff, the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference is a key annual event that brings together all those active in the field. This year, it was taking place in a funding environment in which the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills reports 72% of all first year UK-domiciled postgraduate Master’s students are receiving no financial backing to meet tuition fee costs. Idox attended the conference in its capacity as Europe’s leading grants and policy information publisher to learn more about the latest thinking on researcher development in the UK and beyond. In this article, Idox looks at how the sector is responding to changing funding conditions.
Across the devolved nations, planning reform is at the top of the political agenda due to its impact on issues such as ensuring adequate housing supply. As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox actively engages with issues affecting the planning profession and this includes publishing the journal Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL). In this article, Idox’s Rebecca Jackson reflects on this year’s SPEL conference, which considered key issues including fracking, land supply, continuous improvement and the relationship between neighbourhood planning and spatial planning.Tweet
Today's world of Facilities Management is a constantly changing ecosystem which can be a challenge to any size of business. Idox's latest 'back to basics' whitepaper looks at the current state of facilities management and how technology can help companies face these problems and improve the efficiency of their Facilities Departments and Estates Teams.
Download the whitepaper: Back to Basics: Facilities Management and CAFM
In brief, the topics covered include:
- The various roles and requirements of today's facilities manager
- In-house, external and international challenges
- How technology can ease help desk processes, PPM, cost control, asset tracking, property management, room booking, space management, reporting and mobile engineer management
For more on Idox’s leading facilities management software solution, CAFM Explorer, please visit: www.cafmexplorer.com
Cloud Amber, a member of the Idox group and a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions to local authorities and passenger transport executives, has extended their portfolio of innovative solutions with the launch of Icarus - RTI for public transport operators.
Icarus - RTI delivers deep integration of real-time vehicle information with traffic information to drive intelligence and reduce operational expenses.
With the help of Icarus - RTI, route network controllers, depot managers and vehicle operators can access vehicle information in real time anywhere anytime through internet-enabled computers or mobiles.
Discover how Icarus – RTI could benefit your organisation, visit: Icarus – RTI for Public Transport Operators
Published in October 2014, the NHS Five Year Forward View sets out a future vision for the UK National Health Service.
In September, Idox attended the 2015 Health and Care Innovation Expo – the health sector’s largest calendar event. Drawing on insight into the latest announcements and developments from leading sector professionals, Idox’s Sabra Aswani discusses the measures being taken to support the NHS Five Year Forward View and how innovation is paving the way.
In a world in which Idox is helping councils join up their land and property information to support improved services and outcomes, Idox Information Service talks to Waheed Nazir, Director of Planning and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council. We hear how he has approached transforming the organisation and why he values the use of research and evidence as a tool to support strategic planning.
Moving to a "paperless" or "paperlite" environment is on the agenda for many local councils including Lambeth, Poole, Spelthorne and Western Isles.
These councils have all engaged Idox to scan and index various historical files from current paper versions to electronic format ready for upload into their Idox Document Management Systems (DMS). Switching from paper to electronic file format will help free up valuable office space as well as automating the online publishing of relevant documents for both internal and external use by staff and citizens.
Improving our transport infrastructure is vital for the UK economy and councils across the country are using technology and data to make life in cities safer, smarter and more sustainable.
Idox is a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions, especially traffic management for the road network, through its Cloud Amber solutions. However, preventing congestion is just one aspect of efficient travel infrastructure. Accessibility of transport is also important and this has been in the headlines recently in relation to London’s night tube proposals. In this article, Idox’s Rebecca Jackson, looks at how London compares to other global cities in terms of 24-hour public transport.
Idox’s Cloud Amber extends their portfolio with Icarus, a next generation traffic management solution that enables authorities to better manage traffic based on real time information and true predictions.
Icarus integrates with existing traffic systems and other data sources to gather traffic information in real time that helps authorities to better visualise, strategise and enhance traffic management of rural and city centre roads and highways.
Discover how Icarus could help your organisation: Icarus - Cloud Amber’s next generation traffic management solution
As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox actively engages with issues affecting the planning profession. Idox are therefore proud to support the 2015 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. As sponsors of the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement and the Student Award, we congratulate all the winners and commended entries for their achievements.
RTPI Awards for Research Excellence - winners announced: Curtain call: use of theatre in planning research wins national research award
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has selected Idox to provide technical system management for their Idox Uniform solutions. Under the new agreement Idox will undertake a number of technical upgrade services over the two year contract period, reducing the need for the council to maintain expertise in a range of technologies and providing the authority with known future costs.Tweet
Idox’s Grants arm has been awarded the title of ‘Best Professional Funding Tool’ for its flagship funding service GRANTfinder in this year’s Technology Innovator Awards.
The 2015 Awards highlight the individuals and organisations behind ground-breaking technological developments, aiming to showcase those who are enhancing the way that people use technology for the better.
The award comes as Idox celebrates its 30-year anniversary as Europe’s leading provider of funding and policy information, and follows months of vote counting, research and analysis by award provider Corporate Vision.
Commenting on the success, Grants UK Director Rebecca Erskine notes:
“Our funding solutions have provided support to thousands of organisations, large and small, for over three decades. To be recognised for the cutting-edge technology of our market-leading funding service GRANTfinder in this milestone anniversary year is hugely satisfying.
The ability, through Idox GRANTfinder, to keep abreast of new funding opportunities and to disseminate this content easily to key parties forms the backbone of many of our clients’ external funding strategies. We work regularly with our clients across Europe, from local authorities to universities and small charities, to ensure that we offer the very latest funding content and functionality. We’re proud to be recognised with a leading industry award, not least in the area of innovative technology provision, which is a cornerstone mission of the wider Idox group.”
Further information on the Technology Innovator Awards 2015 is available.
Idox plc is a supplier of specialist information management solutions to the public sector and to highly regulated asset intensive industries around the world in the wider corporate sector.
Idox is Europe’s leading provider of funding and policy information services and has, since 1985, supported organisations at every stage of the funding process from identification of suitable funding to application and management.
The Future of Property and Estates Conference and Exhibition, 2015, will be looking at the future rationalisation and transformation of the property and estate of an organisation. As well as exhibiting at the event, Idox will be providing best practice case studies that deliver practical insights into effective methods for securing cost reductions and modernising public sector workplaces. These case studies will feature:
- The University of Salford's use of CAFM Explorer, looking how the University utilises CAFM Explorer to manage their facility extensive and expanding facility. Including planned and reactive maintenance of assets in over 30 buildings across the campus, and how the system has been an integral part of the university's strategic expansion plans.
- The implementation of Essex Property Asset Map (EPAM), an Idox hosted, publicly available mapping solution operated by The Essex Property Group (EPG). EPG is a partnership of Essex public sector organisations that required a shared, location based, property resource to support greater collaboration in the management and use of property assets between the partners. Idox proposed and delivered a hosted map based service solution based on Esri’s ArcGIS Online technology and designed to provide extensive property based asset information to all EPG members.
Representatives from Idox will be available throughout the day to answer questions on either solution.
If you would like to learn more about the confeence, please visit: ‘Future of Public Sector Property and Estates Conference’
CAFM Explorer: www.cafmexplorer.com
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CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, trading as CMS, provides clients with specialist, business-focused advice in law and tax matters. Over 3,000 legal professionals are employed in 59 offices worldwide, working in sector-based teams offering real-world advice to clients operating in a challenging business climate and a fast-changing regulatory environment.
CMS began using CAFM Explorer in 2009, their initial requirements being Planned Maintenance (PPM) scheduling and Help Desk functionality. In addition, Asset Tracking was also of high importance to CMS, enabling the facilities team to have quick access to in-depth asset data, increased service efficiency with assets linked to contracts and a reduced risk of non-compliance with requirements scheduled against assets.
In early 2015 CMS upgraded to CAFM 9 and began using CAFM Engineer to efficiently manage work orders and contractors via their mobile devices.
Part of the upgrade work carried out by CAFM Explorer’s professional services team included an additional asset import project. The flexibility of the CAFM Explorer software and the development team means that clients can request additional functionality to suit their own particular needs and processes.
To learn more about CAFM Explorer Asset Tracking, visit: Asset Tracking
Following two recent tenders, held under the Crown Commercial Service LASA Framework, Aberdeenshire Council has awarded Idox 5 year contracts to deliver a range of integrated software solutions.
The Idox Estates Management solution, which includes integrated, map-enabled, land terrier, acquisitions & disposals and valuations modules, will replace the existing Estateman system within the council’s Property Service
The second award will see Idox’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards solutions replace the existing Civica respectively, further extending the use of Idox solutions which already includes business management systems for Planning and Building Standards and the corporate gazetteer.
The new systems will be integrated with Idox EDMS, a web based document storage solution designed to enable organisations to improve information sharing and save valuable space by eliminating the need to store paper documents locally.
Finally, Idox Enterprise will be implemented to support council officers in monitoring and balancing staff workload, enabling a consistent approach to service delivery and improving productivity.
The UK’s further and higher education sectors are facing years of financial challenge, not least in the area of student recruitment and addressing changes to tuition fees. Students, meanwhile, are all too aware that it is not just the cost of attending college or university that has risen; associated living and maintenance expenses are now equally concerning.
As a provider of funding information services, Idox has been monitoring developments in the HE and FE arena. It is clear that whilst many institutions still try to offer their students value – for example, by providing different study options and making them available through a wide a range of financial routes – education increasingly comes at a price. The latest post from the Idox blog considers the support available to help students tackle this issue and give them confidence that they can achieve their learning goals.
Full article: Meeting the UK education funding challenge