Double success for Council in Technology Awards

Released: 23 April 2007

Kerry County Council’s role in using technology to improve the services it provides, was highlighted at an awards ceremony in Dublin last week, the Council capturing awards in two categories.

Two Kerry County Council projects, www.LAQuotes.ie and the Electronic Refuse Payment System, were submitted for the Innovation Through Technology Awards, which was held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday last.

And Kerry County Council tasted success in the Government to Government category and Government to Business category.

www.LAQuotes.ie  the online annual quotation system for Local Authorities, was developed by Kerry County Council in 2003. It is now being used by 24 Local Authorities around the country, with over 30 expected to be using the system by the end of 2007.

The system, the first of its kind in the EU, allows suppliers to tender for business online, and experienced growth of 160% in 2006.

In the four week annual quotation period, 280,000 online quotations were received from 2,200 participating suppliers. 

“Requesting and administering quotations is a major task for all Councils and each Local Authority has their own unique forms for seeking quotations and documentation relating to road-making materials, concrete products, plant hire and haulage,” Catherine Carmody, eProcurement Project Manager  explained.

“Putting the process online is a speedier and more efficient system. For our suppliers, it is also proving to be an easier, method than the traditional paper-based quotation process,” she said.

The Electronic Refuse Payment System, which was launched at the start of 2007, dispenses with the traditional bin-tag system.

Now, customers of the Kerry County Council refuse collection service have a charge card, and can purchase credit for bin-lifts, similar to buying credit for a mobile phone.

Every time a bin is lifted, a computer chip attached to the bin is read by an on-board computer on the refuse truck, and the cost of the lift is deducted from the customer’s account.

“This initiative is a measure to further modernise our service and enhance service standards for our refuse customers,” John O’Connor, Head of Finance with Kerry County Council explained.

“The new system will streamline payment for the customer, while providing better management information, leading to improved service delivery for the years ahead.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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