Happy 20 Year Anniversary SDL

Since its inception, Spatial Data Logic has continued to evolve, striving to provide municipalities with an efficient way of automating their different departments. Throughout its history, there have been countless updates and ad­­ditions to the software system now seen across the state of New Jersey.

In 1997, SDL discovered the need for a dynamic municipality management solution that could be easily updated and accessed by multiple types of users. Working to fill that void, SDL utilized a robust Geographic Information System to create the SDL Municipal Management Software.

At the time, SDL catered to a handful of New Jersey municipalities. In addition to Municipal Management Software, SDL began providing several mapping services to municipalities, intending to have the most accurate information possible for the GIS.

In addition to GIS mapping for utility systems and municipal assets, SDL has continued to provide services for other mapping projects as well, including Digital Tax Maps, Digital Parcel Maps, Zoning, Fire Districts and DPW Zones.

After two decades, SDL now serves over 120 different municipalities, spanning across 19 counties of New Jersey. What began as the idea for a municipality management solution has grown into ­a multitude of different platforms continuously developing to fit the needs of New Jersey’s local government.

“SDL has revolutionized the way in which permit management and tracking is handled throughout the state,” stated Steve Jones, Construction Official of Millburn Township and Florham Park Borough. “The integration of the various modules across the entire platform of municipal departments is invaluable in providing high quality and reliable in services to members of the public.”

Because SDL’s client base is currently comprised entirely of New Jersey municipalities, stringent New Jersey regulations have been kept in mind from the beginning. As the software has continued to develop, specific New Jersey state codes, statutes and regulations have been written in to the way the program functions.

“As a Fire Official, I really appreciate how the software is tailor-made to the unique NJ-specific requirements,” stated Matthew Lubin, Fire Official for the Township of Cranford.

Throughout the process of updating the SDL Software, there has always been a high priority to optimizing the functionality. Designed for municipal employees and citizens with varying degrees of computer experience, every update strives to improve upon the ease of use.

“There isn’t anything I don’t like about [SDL Software],” stated Thomas Delia, Zoning Officer for Long Hill Township. “I like the ease of the way you can change information in workflow. I like how easy it is to access my zoning permits and the information attached to them. You can figure [the software] out by just playing with it for a few minutes. We’ve only had it for a year or so and I love it, it’s so easy.”

Originally titled Geologic, the SDL Software has expanded to accommodate the needs of municipal employees, inspectors and citizens alike.  The 16 modules of the software encompass municipal departments spanning from administration and building, to safety and utilities. While SDL Desktop works as the hub of the software, the SDL Portal and SDL Mobile app act as extensions designed to be utilized by municipal citizens and inspectors.

“My town has been using Spatial Data Logic since 2004; we use the building, fire, tax, land use, code enforcement, public works and engineering,” stated Debbie Timko, Technical Assistant for the Borough of New Providence. “It’s a wonderful program, very user friendly, and it is always being updated to make it more efficient.”

A crucial component of the SDL Software is the ability to access different information across departments. As the software has transitioned, SDL has optimized the way that municipal departments can view and request specific information from one another.

“We [were] very excited to be implementing the Fire Prevention module,” said Lubin. “We’ve been using SDL to coordinate with our Building Department for several years, and now we will have a seamless solution to work with them on a daily basis.”

Just as Geologic transitioned into SDL Desktop, the current SDL software is always evolving. In addition to the continual updates to the existing software, SDL is currently working to develop new tools for users. Currently, SDL is in the processes of releasing SDL Citizen, an app designed to complement the SDL Portal and for the exclusive use of municipal citizens. SDL is also working on releasing a more limited online platform of the SDL Desktop software and a Sever Hosting service available for the use of clients.

“SDL has set the standard for integrated data management for all aspects of municipal services.  Their innovation and delivery of reliable information is essential for municipalities to accurately gauge the effectiveness of service provided to their residents,” Jones concluded.

 

Raritan Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – March 28, 2017 – Raritan Township, of Hunterdon County, has selected the SDL Desktop software for use throughout their municipal offices. Raritan will be utilizing the SDL software within a number of different departments throughout the township, including Building, Fire Prevention, Zoning, Engineering, Clerk, Pet, Health and Administration.

In addition to the SDL Desktop software, the Enterprise License gives Raritan access to the SDL Portal and SDL Mobile. The SDL Portal provides township citizens with easy access of property information and the ability to submit requests and applications from the comfort of home. With the SDL Mobile app, inspectors are able to record and report inspection information while in the field. We are delighted to have Raritan as a new client and look forward to assisting them with the implementation of the SDL Software.

Bound Brook Upgrades to Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – March 21, 2017 – The Borough of Bound Brook, of Somerset County, has chosen to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License. Bound Brook will be primarily utilizing the software within their Building and Code Enforcement departments, with the possibility of expanding into additional departments in the future. With the Enterprise License, Bound Brook will now also have access to SDL Mobile and SDL Portal, in addition to the SDL Desktop software.

Bound Brook has been a client of SDL since 2007, when they selected SDL’s GeoLogic software for use in their Building department. We are happy to be able to continue to serve Bound Brook as a client, and look forward to assisting them with the implementation of SDL Portal and SDL Mobile throughout their municipal offices.

Harding Upgrades to Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – March 3, 2017 – Harding Township, of Morris County, has recently elected to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License. Harding has been a dedicated client of SDL since 2003, when they chose to utilize SDL’s Geologic Software System for use in their Building Department.

With this recent upgrade, Harding will now have use of SDL Portal and SDL Mobile, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software. The SDL Enterprise License also allows for the expanded use of the software throughout all departments in the municipality.

We are thrilled to be able to continue to serve Harding as a client, and look forward to assisting them with the implementation of SDL Portal and SDL Mobile throughout their municipal offices.

Norwood Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – February 3, 2017 – The Borough of Norwood, of Bergen County, has recently elected to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License for their municipal offices. With the Enterprise License, Norwood has the ability to expand the use of the SDL Software into multiple departments and provides users with access to the SDL Mobile app and SDL Portal. Norwood will primarily be utilizing the Land Use and Construction modules for their building, zoning and boards.

Norwood has been a client of SDL since 2007, when they selected the SDL GeoLogic software for their workflow and GIS for use in their building department. We are thrilled to continue to serve Norwood as a client and happy to help them expand the use of the SDL Software within their municipality.

Bridgewater Selects SDL Enterprise License

bridgewater-logoSOMERSET, NJ – December 16, 2016 – The Township of Bridgewater, of Somerset County, has recently selected the SDL  Desktop Software for their municipality’s use. Bridgewater has chosen to come on board with SDL’s Enterprise License, giving them access to the SDL Portal and SDL Mobile app in addition to the SDL Desktop Software. At this time, Bridgewater has chosen to deploy the software in their Building Department, with the possibility of expanding into other departments in the future. We are very happy to have Bridgewater as a new client.

South River Selects SDL Enterprise License

south-river-logoSOMERSET, NJ – November 22, 2016 – The Borough of South River, of Middlesex County, has selected the SDL  Desktop Software for use throughout their municipality. South River has chosen to come on board with SDL’s Enterprise License. With the Enterprise License, South River will have the ability to utilize the SDL Portal and SDL Mobile app, in addition to the SDL Desktop software.

 

The Municipal Management Software will primarily be used throughout South River’s Code Enforcement Department. We are happy to have South River as a new client.

Mountainside selects SDL Enterprise License

logoSOMERSET, NJ – October 28, 2016 – The Borough of Mountainside, of Union County, has selected the SDL  Desktop Software for use throughout their municipality. Mountainside decided to take advantage of SDL’s multi-year licensing deal, choosing a five-year contract for the SDL Enterprise License.

With the Enterprise License, Mountainside will have access to the SDL Portal and SDL Mobile app, in addition to the Desktop software. Mountainside will be utilizing the software throughout multiple departments, including their Building, Land Use, Health and Clerk departments. We are delighted to have Mountainside as a new client.

Allendale Selects SDL Enterprise License

sealSOMERSET, NJ – August 25, 2016 – The Borough of Allendale, of Bergen County, has selected the SDL Desktop software for use in their municipal departments. In addition to the SDL Desktop software, Allendale has chosen to come on board with the Enterprise License. With the Enterprise License, Allendale will also have access to the SDL Mobile app and SDL Portal for use throughout their municipality. We are delighted to have Allendale as a new client.

Essex Fells Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

Essex Fells SignSOMERSET, NJ – July 26, 2016 – The Borough of Essex Fells, of Essex County, has elected to upgrade to the Enterprise License from SDL for their municipality offices. SDL’s Enterprise contract allows for the expanded use of the SDL Desktop Software into more departments and provides users with access to the SDL Mobile app and SDL Portal.

Essex Fells has been a client of SDL since 2012, when they selected the SDL GeoLogic software for their workflow and elected to utilize the SDL Mobile app for their inspectors. We are happy to continue to serve Essex Fells as a client.