Public Access To Local Government Data

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Transcending the concept of “portal technology” by integrating data from multiple sources, using spatial attributes, and presenting it seamlessly through an advanced web interface.

Last year, beacon websites received over 215-million hits, and on average, each site received more than 10,887 visits per day. These users spend an average of 14.5 minutes during these visits, which saved existing beacon counties an average of 25 hours per day, per county, of employee time helping with information requests. The Schneider Corporation is currently hosting more than 100 sites with over 2.5 million parcel updates to the public.

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Public Access To Local Government Data

  1. 1. Beacon Interactive Portal
  2. 2. What is beacon? <ul><li>Beacon™ is an interactive public access tool </li></ul><ul><li>that allows users to view local government </li></ul><ul><li>information, public records and Geographic </li></ul><ul><li>Information Systems (GIS) via an online </li></ul><ul><li>portal. </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon combines both web-based GIS </li></ul><ul><li>and web-based data reporting tools including </li></ul><ul><li>CAMA, Assessment and Tax, into a single, user friendly </li></ul><ul><li>web application that is designed with your needs in mind. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Quick Facts <ul><li>Beacon saves organization staff an average of over 25 hours of office and phone traffic every day. </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon has been implemented by over 100 organizations in 8 states </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon lowers GIS implementation costs and licensing fees </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon provides 24/7 information access for the public and internal users </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon can integrate virtually any database </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why use beacon? <ul><li>By making information available on the internet through beacon, counter-traffic is greatly reduced at the same time customer service is considerably improved . Offering this information online allows users to complete tasks on their own time rather than having to rearrange their schedule to coincide with building’s hours of operation. </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon is different from other online property record applications because it is module based. This gives you the ability to choose which features you need your beacon site to provide. Each feature can be turned on or off depending on the needs of your community. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Is it for Your Organization? <ul><li>If you value getting more from your investments for less cost, beacon is for you and your organization. Even if you do not have a GIS, beacon can help make other public information available to users by integrating public databases pertaining to assessment, CAMA, tax, real estate, cemetery records, document management, utility billing systems, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Because of our experience and knowledgeable staff, Schneider can set up your beacon site in a matter of days, compared to other companies that can take months or more. By offering a fast turnaround time, beacon can assist your organization in drawing value and a return on investment immediately. Beacon also provides you the ability to pick the hosting plan and features that best serve the needs of you organization. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Search Parcel Records
  7. 7. View Detailed Reports
  8. 8. View Interactive Maps
  9. 9. Display Aerial Photography
  10. 10. Beacon Daily Activity
  11. 11. Traffic Statistics <ul><li>On average over 24,000 visits per day. </li></ul><ul><li>With over 400,000 pageviews. </li></ul><ul><li>50% users visit the site more than 10 times per day. </li></ul><ul><li>Users spend an average of 7 minutes or more on the site during these visits. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Additional Facts <ul><li>Beacon manages nearly $400 billion in assets. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently provides data for over 3 1/2 million parcels. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces tax appeals up to 90%. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Users are more aware of tax information due to it being available to them 24/7. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Largest interactive web based land records and public data provider in the Country. </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon also utilizes a proprietary software solution that automatically updates daily to keep your data accurate and consistent. By doing this users can stay current with changes and updates made by your organization. </li></ul>
  13. 13. User Community www.geogearonline.com/beacon
  14. 14. Thank You! Founded in 1962, The Schneider Corporation is one of the largest GIS firms in our region and an industry leader in providing GIS and other land-ownership related services [email_address]

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