Olathe Wins Technology Award

The Kansas City Business Journal announced last week that the City of Olathe won a 2012 ImpacT Award for efficiency.

The award recognized 15 companies and organizations for using technology to produce “real” results in five categories: client interface, cutting expenses, efficiency, environmental impact and top-line growth.

Olathe was recognized for creating a new system that more quickly identifies and fixes streetlight outages.The City’s Information Technology Services Department added a one-touch feature to the existing computer interface in each Olathe Police Department Patrol car, which allows up to 20 officers at a time monitor and report outages. Previously, Olathe Public Works Department staff monitored street lights on arterial roadways by driving by them at night three times a year.

The KC Business Journal will formally recognize Olathe and the other ImpacT Award winners during a ceremony Nov. 5 at the Sheraton Overland Park.