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Feb 16

City Technology Projects and Operations

Posted to City Blog by Scott Kitchen

Effective use of information and technology is vital to the City of Cody's operations and goals as a municipal government, and the Information Technology (IT) Department is dedicated to providing secure, reliable systems and services to the City’s staff in order to meet those technology needs. The IT Department is responsible for maintaining: data networks; computers and mobile devices; servers and databases; telephone systems; radio communications systems; video surveillance systems; web services and applications; and various other technology components.

The IT Department has coordinated and implemented a number of key technology projects in recent months for various City departments.

Mobile App – Now available on both Android and iOS devices, the official City of Cody mobile app provides convenient access to key resources on the City’s website, as well as push, SMS (text), and email notifications for City-related alerts and news. To download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, simply search for “City of Cody.” Make sure to opt in and adjust your user preferences in the app to receive on-to-go notifications about City happenings.

Mobile Data Terminals – Mobile data terminal (MDT) systems—in-car computing devices for in-the-field access and dispatch communication—were deployed for use in Cody Police Department patrol vehicles. These MDT systems allow officers to effectively, securely, and remotely access the law enforcement records management system (RMS) from within their vehicles while engaged in patrol activities in the field of operation. This new in-car technology component provides significant benefits to the Police Department’s patrol operations. 

    1. Improved patrol efficiency – The use of MDT systems allows patrol officers in the field of operation to quickly retrieve information from the RMS regarding persons, property, incidents, and cases without the need to rely solely upon two-way radio communications with dispatchers. Convenient access to an in-car computing device also supports accuracy of incident report documentation and maximizes time spent in the field for patrol activities.

    2. Decreased vehicle transit – The use of MDT systems has decreased the number of times that patrol officers return to the office, which saves times, slows vehicle depreciation, and reduces overall fuel costs.

Surveillance Camera Systems – Efforts are currently underway to replace indoor and outdoor surveillance camera systems at Cody City Hall and the Paul Stock Aquatic and Recreation Center. Along with improvements to video quality and data storage retention, these new cameras will provide a substantial increase in range of coverage at both locations. This project aims to support public safety efforts and instill a greater sense of security at these public facilities. The City anticipates completing the installation and implementation of these new surveillance camera systems soon.

Information Security Assessments – The IT Department established and maintains a partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) local State of Wyoming office to bolster the City’s information security posture and planning. Security experts from CISA provided the City with an in-depth cybersecurity risk assessment, and the team continues to facilitate customized vulnerability reporting services for the City’s critical IT systems to ensure maximum service availability and data confidentiality. The City of Cody is excited to continue improving its cybersecurity framework and refining its internal information security policies through this ongoing relationship with CISA.

E-citations – Slated for the upcoming fiscal year 2024–2025, an electronic citation (e-citation) system will be implemented for the Cody Police Department. E-citations will serve as a mobile solution that allows officers to seamlessly issue citations to offenders, collect related offender data, and automatically transmit citation information to the municipal court system for processing.

The IT Department is committed to maintaining a robust information security postures, providing diligent technical support, and delivering cost-effective technology solutions so that the City of Cody remains poised to offer high-quality services to the community.

Apr 19

Mayor's Blog – Monday, April 19, 2021

Posted to Mayor's Blog by Matt Hall

The last couple weeks have been blessed with some much needed wet spring weather. The snow and variable temperatures can cause slick roads and sidewalks, so please drive carefully and keep the walks clear. While we can find this weather frustrating, I'm reminded of balance. Often we are faced with challenges in life that seem unfair. But—however difficult these challenges are, working and persevering through them is how we grow, just as the cold wet spring snow nurtures the soil that precedes the summer blooms.