Technology Initiatives & Long-term Projects

The Department of Technology provides proactive leadership in the use of technology and information solutions to improve the City's operations and service delivery. These initiatives and long-term projects reflect our commitment to technology in the City.

Initiatives

Gigabit Seattle
In 2012, Seattle was selected by Gigabit Squared as the first large city for fiber to the home as part of its multi-million dollar Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program. The City of Seattle, the University of Washington and Gigabit Squared signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Letter of Intent that allows Gigabit Squared to begin raising the capital needed to conduct engineering work and to build out the demonstration fiber network.

Digital inclusion
The City of Seattle is committed to providing access to the internet and computer technologies to all Seattlelites, ensuring that residents have the training and tools necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment and lifelong learning.

Data.seattle.gov
Data.Seattle.gov is an open source, city web site where more than 131 kinds of raw data can be viewed as maps or charts and used by the public for computer analysis or the development of new applications. To date, the City has built seven applications with this data.

Next Generation Data center
In 2013 the City of Seattle started planning and designing alternatives for a data center that will provide the city with more capacity, redundancy and resiliency than the current system. This cross-departmental effort to replace the City's data centers is expected to take three years to complete.

Office 365
The City of Seattle is currently undergoing the transition to O365, putting us in-line to becoming one of the first large jurisdictions to move to cloud-based computing. This transition is expected to be completed in 2014.

Long-term projects

Content Management
The Citywide team works closely with web professionals in other City departments to produce the Seattle.gov site as a whole. You may notice some changes to the City's website as all departments shift into the new content management system framework. We hope to have the entire city website into the new easier to populate and navigate framework in 2014.

Radio network
The City of Seattle is working with King County and other co-owners of the existing 800 MHz radio system to develop the next generation King County emergency radio system.