The City of Virginia Beach has been named a recipient of the 2018 CIO 100 award by IDG’s CIO. Now in its 31st year, the annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
“Every year, we are honored to showcase the technology innovation and business value delivered by our CIO 100 award winners. Each of these companies has achieved notable success in accelerating businesses to the front lines of the digital revolution,” said Maryfran Johnson, Executive Director of CIO Programs for CIO Events and the CIO Executive Council. “This year’s winners are inspiring examples of how IT leadership, business partnerships and customer engagement can reshape the future.”
The city’s StormSense project was acknowledged as a standout initiative for its innovative use of Internet-of-things (IoT) sensors, artificial intelligence and voice assistance integration. IoT sensors, strategically placed in flood-prone areas throughout the city, collect massive amounts of data for historic, current and future analysis. To help educate citizens about flood events and inform decision-making, the data is publicly accessible across various devices and operating systems. The project’s ultimate goals include reducing flooding impacts, building more resilient communities, improving emergency preparedness and strengthening disaster recovery efforts.
“As part of the city’s digital transformation, we are continuously looking at how technology can be used to enhance operational performance, service delivery and data transparency,” said Peter Wallace, the city’s chief information officer. “The IT department fuses creativity with business strategy to design relevant solutions that make interaction more efficient for citizens, businesses and employees. The CIO 100 award is a powerful indicator that we are on the right track.”
Winners will be recognized during the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in California.
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