Government IT experts Associated Consulting Limited (ACL) have been awarded a contract by Restormel Borough Council in Cornwall to supply a range of products that will address their E-Government and M-Government (mobile) needs. In order to do this, ACL have teamed up with mobile computing specialists Integral Mobile Data (IMD) to offer the council a package that will best suit their requirements.
News of the contract comes only weeks after Project Nomad was officially launched by the Department of the Deputy Prime Minister. Nomad is a National Project that is dedicated to mobile computing in local authorities. The package provided by ACL/IMD will enable Restormel Council to meet the requirements of Project Nomad.
IMDs mForms will be used by the council to collect data and service requests and process them electronically. This could include anything from tree inspection to housing benefit requests. mForms is an electronic form that is completed on a PDA that can integrate with back office systems.
M-government makes public information and government services available anytime, anywhere to citizens and officials. One of the main reasons that mForms was chosen for Restormel was the fact that it has true offline capability. This is very important in rural areas such as Restormel where GPRS is not available, mForms will still work effectively if there is no signal at all.
Tom Green, director of ACL, said that mForms was a clear choice for them, mForms is an extremely fast development tool that can be implemented in a matter of hours rather than months. It is also flexible and easy to integrate with existing systems.
Darren Dixon, IT manager of Restormel Borough Council, said that the solution will enable them to meet their E-Government and M-Government goals, It addresses the future needs of our mobile workers within the council, giving the flexibility of working with laptops or PDAs.