The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has presented the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation with one of its Best of California Awards, which recognize state and local government organizations for innovative technology initiatives.
CDG praised the department for its AI-Driven Video Analytics Drowning Prevention System, which uses advanced video analytics through underwater light fixtures, high-definition cameras and sensors to help lifeguards and other employees identify swimmers at risk of drowning – reducing the average response time from 9.5 seconds to 1.7 seconds.
“State and local government agencies across California are focused on providing innovative technology to citizens and businesses,” said CDG Executive Director Teri Takai. “The Center for Digital Government is excited to honor the California technology organizations that are leading the way to provide responsive, citizen-centric services.”
“We’re honored to receive the Best of California Award this year,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Chief Information Officer Mohammed Al Rawi. “ Our department is applying innovative emerging technologies ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Advanced Analytics and the Internet to provide world-class services at our 182 beautiful parks and facilities.”
Best of California Award winners are selected by a panel of judges based on several criteria, including collaboration among agencies, innovative use of technology, economic benefits and improving public services and business processes.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG provides public- and private-sector leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help drive 21st-century government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.