Monthly Archives: June 2016

Flowplayer – Giving Your Team Broadcasting Freedom


Google rates Flowplayer the number 1 video media player!

I learned about Flowplayer by visiting the City of Lawrence, Kansas’s website. The city uses the technology to share their City Commission study sessions with residents. The city posts a video each week for local citizens to view at their leisure to learn about topics ranging from budgets for road systems to mental health measures. You can easily access the footage as a citizen at . The material is very organized on their website – and that begins with the consistency and convenience of Flowplayer.

Many organizations use YouTube, but YouTube is a video player that has third party suggestions when your stream is complete. These third party suggestions will take your viewer to another video or website and prevent them from continuing to engage with the topic they initially sought. Thus YouTube is not actually the best video media player for engaging with an audience. YouTube will begin playing your video with whatever image quality your server can support, preventing the viewer from having a high quality exposure to whatever message your organization intends to communicate.

With Flowplayer, every part of the player can be customized with CSS and JavaScript. The uploader can determine what goes on the video player and how the video will end. Flowplayer does not have their brand on the video player, which can distract the audience from engaging with the presentation.

Have you ever started uploading a video to YouTube and it took hours? Flowplayer understands we usually commute and are on the move with our active lifestyles. When you upload a video to Flowplayer, you can change locations, leave a WiFi network and join a new network; the upload will resume where it left off.

There are six cost options ranging from free (comes with Flowplayer logo and branding) to €955, which equates to $1,051 (use your own branding for unlimited domains).

Everyone needs great video on their websites. If we desire to engage with our bloggers, customers, or local residents, Flowplayer is perfect. The software is easy-to-use and can be customized by anyone.

Check out Flowplayer !


ArcGIS for Local Government- a Site Selector App

A community profile has a decisive role in economic development planning. One would need an interaction with various government agencies to obtain numerous statistical data, reports, and information necessary for making business decisions. ArcGIS has developed a number of applications to help local governments market their communities to potential citizens and businesses, engage the community in their growth management plans, promote business diversity, attract talented citizens, and encourage quality places and environments.

One of these applications is a Site Selector, a location technology which helps business owners and corporations locate available buildings and sites, combine their property search with key community and business demographic information to facilitate better business decisions. In this manner, business investments made in the community can be more sustainable and aligned with corporate vision.

The Site Selector application leverages new technology to provide users with a one-stop-shopping experience when researching a property. ”While the application functions much like popular websites such as Zillow, Loopnet, and others, Site Selector provides more advanced and comprehensive data on business properties. This data includes, but is not limited to property reports, real estate detail, tax maps, demographic and income reports, business summary reports, site maps, geographical intelligence, neighborhood information, utilities, magisterial districts, zoning, transportation data and much, much more,” explains Jill Loope, director of economic development of the County of Roanoke, Virginia which has recently implemented the app.

A number of local governments have introduced the application. One of the most appealing is of Montana which is available at Montana Governor’s office of Economic Development web-site:

The Site Selector application directly benefits community developers, planning analysts, real estate agents, home buyers, and property valuation administrators. It’s innovative character lies in various features. One of them is the integration of data and information within and among governments and agencies. Another is its ability to allow end-users to self-serve through site selection providing for accurate and up-to-date real estate information by replacing time-consuming manual processes.

3 Ways Digital Forms Will Save You Time

The days of online, fillable PDFs are long gone. And so is the confusion about how to save that file once you have filled it out. In the public sector there are countless examples of paper forms that still exist, including job applications, customer surveys, conference and event registrations, insurance and retirement forms, business licensing, certifications, evaluations, donation forms, and contact forms, just to name a few. How many hours does an organization lose trying to transfer the data from these forms?

Formstack is an online form builder that can help save your organization time.

  1. Save time entering data. The biggest benefit to this service is that there is no need for data entry, as Formstack collates the responses from the form into a CSV or Excel file that is readily available.
  2. Save time designing your form. The technology itself is designed so that anyone can build a form and send it out to engage an audience. You do not need to be able to write code to develop a form; the form builder consists of a drag-and-drop model that allows you to customize the data that you need in an easy to use format. The form is responsive, and can be used on all devices including tablets, smartphones, and computers.
  3. Save time using the form. There is no sign-up required for those that receive a link to a Formstack form, and the software allows your agency to customize the subdomains or embed a link into your agency website for quick access.

For federal agencies that must be Section 508 compliant, Formstack forms can be read and completed by persons with disabilities.



License Plate Recognition

The City of Twin Falls, ID is a small urban community with a population of approximately 46,000 people (United States Census Bureau 2015). However, as the primary economic hub of the region, and the county seat, the daily population swells to approximately 75,000 (City of Twin Falls 2016). With this daily swell comes standard traffic issues seen throughout larger metropolitan areas: congestion, parking violations, and parking code enforcement concerns.

Twin Falls set out to not only improve productivity, but to build and nurture the city’s relationship with its citizens as well (Gtechna 2015). Twin Falls looked to modernize its code enforcement practices in order to decrease time spent on paperwork and increase time available for officers to focus on their jobs and on increased public interaction. In FY2015, the city decided to implement software provided by Gtechna, a mobile application company that specializes in parking, law, and code enforcement applications (Gtechna 2016).

Twin Falls is now saving time in the field and office by eliminating code enforcement officers entering data in spreadsheets, preparing mailing letters/invoices, etc.  This gives officers more time to be in the field engaging the citizens of the community (Whitney, Technical Training Coordinator of IT Services 2016).