Essex Property Group (EPG) is a partnership of Essex public sector organisations comprising local district authorities, Essex County Council, NHS Property Services, East of England Local Government Association, Ordnance Survey and Government Property Unit.
EPG recognised the benefits of partnership working but required a shared, location based, property resource to help inform better decision-making relating to land and property estates owned or leased by its members.
Within the framework of a competitive procurement, Idox proposed a hosted, map based service based on Esri’s ArcGIS Online technology and designed to provide extensive property based asset information to all EPG members: in fact anyone with an interest in publicly owned land and property in Essex.
Following the successful delivery of print and software services supporting the UK general and local elections, Idox has recently been awarded a number of contracts to support the Norwegian municipal and county elections which will be held in September 2015
These contracts are for the provision of software and hardware related services to support the elections in 65 communes within 6 counties located mainly in the Eastern (Buskerud) and Western (More og Romsdal) regions of the country.
The communities covered by the service include a population of 660,000 people, over 450,000 voters and a total area of over 3,300 square kilometres.
This follows Idox’s success in delivering similar election services during the Norwegian General Election of 2013
More and more we are seeing traditional (and somewhat artificial) geographic boundaries taking a back seat in favour of delivering more relevant and effective services, designed to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, where they are needed. Recent examples include The Northern Powerhouse, numerous cross-boundary shared services and joined up data sharing projects such as the RTPI Map for England pilot and the Essex Property Asset Map (EPAM).
In this article Morwen Johnson looks at the role that strategic planning is playing in increasing cooperation whilst ensuring planning objectives are met.
It is imperative that Health and Social Care services integrate in order to deliver the most needed and obvious services, for example the provision of an effective and timely way to transport a discharged hospital patient to a care home.
In reality this involves the sharing and integration of data from disparate systems and requires the transformation of such information into genuine intelligence whilst, at the same time, protecting privacy.
In this article Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at what is happening to make using big data a reality in health and social care
As technology based solutions continue to help drive improvements in public sector service delivery, Idox Information Service’s Steven McGinty reflects, in his latest blog, on some of the current trends in public sector technology…..
Forest of Dean Council is joining regulatory services partners: West Oxfordshire, Cotswold and Cheltenham councils by adding Idox’s Licensing Public Access and Consultee Access to its menu of online digital services to help further streamline its licensing service.
The solution will provide online access for consultees and members of the public, enabling them to search for, comment on and track the progress of licences including notices, permits, registrations, certificates and consents issued by the Authority.
Since its launch in May 1990, Idox’s Uniform suite of local government solutions has provided the cornerstone for over 250 local authorities in supporting their delivery of planning, building control, local land charges, licensing, environmental health and a range of related regulatory and environmental services.
Designed from the ground up as a suite of complementary modules able to be used standalone or integrated via the Uniform Gazetteer Management System (GMS), the solution has more than kept pace with the numerous technical, political and legislative challenges over the years including:
- Technology: from a “green screen” solution in 1989 to a completely hosted managed, web accessible service in 2015
- Accessibility and user population: from a target audience of local authority administrators and officers to a solution now serving citizens, elected members and managers alike
- Political and Organisational: Uniform has successfully met the challenges of numerous local government reorganisations and, more recently the organisational challenges presented by voluntary shared services initiatives
- Overall capability: From a text based system in 1989 to a complete map, workflow and document image enabled solution in 2015
Following one of the most unpredicted general election results in history, Idox’s Chris Drake examines the possible effects, particularly on funding, on the key sectors of UK society: public services, education, business and voluntary, community and social enterprise.
Harrogate Borough Council has selected Idox’s Estate Management solution to help transform the manner in which council owned property asset information is managed.
The system manages the complete lifecycle of land and property asset portfolios including acquisition, disposal, leases in and out, as well as valuations, works orders and maintenance.
The embedded workflow and notification system within the system ensures that renewals and other key deadlines are met, helping councils to deliver a more efficient service.
The council will also adopt Idox Enterprise, a visual workflow solution which enables managers to more effectively monitor and distribute their team’s work and any related performance indicators.
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) this week announced that its awards for research excellence would be named in memory of Sir Peter Hall, renowned as one of the greatest planners in the last century.
Idox is proud to sponsor the Student and Wider Engagement award categories, the winners and runners up of which will be announced in September. For more information see the Award announcement here.
Four local authorities, Blackpool, Havant, Lambeth and Spelthorne have selected Idox’s document management solution (DMS) to support core business systems within the councils replacing existing providers such as Meridio, Civica and Northgate.
The new systems will extend the use of Idox technology within the councils and be integrated into existing Idox and 3rd party solutions. The move to Idox’s DMS will also enable the councils to reduce ongoing costs by consolidating suppliers.
Idox DMS is a flexible and scalable, web based solution designed to enable organisations to improve information sharing, employee productivity and support the delivery of responsive public digital services.
The ways in which UK universities are responding to the globalisation of education is a hot topic of discussion across the Higher Education (HE) sector.
Institutions are implementing strategies to accommodate increasingly important issues such as worldwide student mobility and recruitment, international collaboration, overseas campuses and Transnational Education (TNE).
Following recent attendance at the University of Salford’s Internationalising Higher Education Conference, Idox delegate Chris Drake discusses the growing prominence of internationalisation and the subsequent evolution of the HE sector landscape.
Sussex Building Control provides the building control service for Horsham District Council and Crawley Borough Council.
Idox has worked closely with Horsham and Sussex Building Control to transfer the building control data held within two separate Idox systems into one, to provide a joint building control system.
This shared resource is intended to provide a modern, competitive and flexible service that matches the needs of citizens and builders whilst maintaining a consistent high standard of service.
For more information see here.
At a time when wall to wall coverage across a record number of media platforms has elevated demand on Idox for the production of printed poll cards, ballot papers and postal vote applications, Alan Gillies asks whether this increased coverage and the advent of voter advice applications will result in a significantly increased turnout on Thursday 7th May.
Tower Hamlets Council has selected the Idox Public Access solution to provide an on-line public resource, designed to improve the delivery of Planning and Building Control services.
The solution will help the Council to provide a valuable source of planning and building control information to the public by providing on-line application tracking and status notifications, consultation and access to related documentation such as correspondence and plans.
Citizens and stakeholders will also automatically receive notifications on the progress of existing applications and any new developments affecting them thereby reducing the need for personal contact.
Glasgow has recently gone live on Uniform 10, the latest version of Idox’s market leading public sector business management solution.
The solution is used by 170 staff across the Planning, Building Standards, Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Property Certification teams. Uniform 10 also provides a live “feed” to the Idox Public Access online digital service designed to provide flexible, tailored access to information of interest to citizens and other interested parties.
To reduce system downtime, the main implementation was undertaken at weekend followed by a period of testing with Glasgow confirming “business as usual” use of all systems by 27th March 2015.
Three Rivers has selected Idox's licensing solution to help manage the process of issuing a range of licences, permits, consents and registrations.
Replacing an existing legacy system, the new solution is designed to automate the entire licensing process, from initial application or renewal to final approval.
The new system includes Idox’s Public Access for Licensing, an online digital service which will allow residents and other interested parties to track and comment on licensing applications as well as receive automatic notifications of new applications in their selected area of interest. The solution will also be supported by Idox Enterprise: an automated workflow and performance management solution and Idox DMS, an integrated document management solution.
Ahead of next week’s general election, the Knowledge Exchange has published its elections white paper, Democracy and voting: key organisations and individuals.
The white paper published by Idox Information Service provides an overview of the following key themes in elections research:
Accountability and transparency
Voter participation and engagement
Idox Information Service provides the most complete and accessible source of evidence and research on the UK public sector. For more information see http://theknowledgeexchange.co.uk/products/the-idox-information-service/
North East voluntary sector support organisation Catalyst reports over £100k secured in its first year of subscription to Idox’s leading funding service GRANTfinder.
Commenting on the benefits of a GRANTfinder subscription, Catalyst CEO Steve Rose noted:
“Being able to offer Idox’s GRANTfinder as a service to our members has given us the ability to connect with a much wider audience in the Stockton locality than we otherwise would have access to, and the funds GRANTfinder helps us find have impacted a wide range of organisations and causes.
The recent SOCITM Spring Conference debated the future of local government digital services and the implications and choices affecting their future development. This is likely to have an impact on the relationship local government has with its suppliers. As a company that works closely with local government and has worked with SOCITM to help promote and deliver the SOCITM “Better Connected” capability to local authorities, it’s important that we keep an open mind on the options available, but most importantly those options most likely to succeed in this most dynamic marketplace.
Idox’s Steven McGinty summarises the debate: Full Article