Three New Pilot Programs Funded through Mayor's Innovation Fund
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week the City Council unanimously voted to fund three pilot projects using the Mayor’s Innovation Fund.
The first is a pilot program for the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) which utilizes a smartphone dispatch to provide better pothole service. Nearly $90,000 was allocated to purchase Actsoft Comet Tracker for Small Asphalt Repair communication devices and support equipment in order to provide better customer service in asphalt repair requests. This pilot program will provide 50 to 100 BSS personnel tools for data management and workflow efficiency. The Actsoft Comet Tracker will provide tracking capabilities, job order dispatching, optimizing of routes and closing out of repair work. Each crew member and inspector would use a smartphone integrated with the software, to collect and disseminate information on service requests in real-time, digitally complete custom forms, attach photos and crew notes, and close out request remotely.
The second program allocates $50,000 for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to install and implement the Brush Inspection Module/Next Generation Vegetation Management System into LAFD's existing Situation Analysis geospatial platform. The Brush Inspection Module would function as the front-end mobile user interface to the existing Vegetation Management System and will support the Brush Program by enabling the Fire Prevention Bureau to perform field inspections for brush hazards on mobile devices, print or email reports to land owners in real time and manage the accounting, tracking and legal actions on non-compliant parcels. This tool will mobilize LAFD's workforce, reduce overtime costs, stop the annual printing of thousands of pages used for mapbooks, and provide outstanding customer service and community risk assessment.
Lastly, $150,000 was allocated to begin the 12-month Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) pilot program to “Identify Super-users for Services via Outreach (ISSO)” as part of the Los Angeles Safer Cities Initiative. This pilot program is innovative because it pairs an Emergency Response Team (ERT) outreach staff from Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) with LAPD officers to identify super-users and connect them with preventive programs.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District