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.

 

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.

Berkeley Township: A Year with SDL

In the spring of 2015, Spatial Data Logic welcomed The Township of Berkeley, of Ocean County, as a new client of the SDL Software. When they came on board with SDL, Berkeley decided to utilize the software in their Building Department, and chose to utilize the Enterprise License. With the Enterprise License, municipalities have access to the core SDL Desktop software, as well as the SDL Mobile app and the SDL Portal. After just over a year of implementing the use of these three platforms, officials of Berkeley Township have remarked upon the significant difference the SDL Software has made to their office workflow and efficiency.

SDL Portal

The SDL Portal is a cloud-based platform that allows municipal citizens access to relevant information. “The Portal and Mobile features are my favorite features of the software,” stated Berkeley Township Construction Official, Anthony Cirz. “The [portal] takes a huge amount of phone calls in to our office.” Currently, Berkeley’s Portal page allows for public users to view a number of different filters over their town map. These filters include property class, property value, last property sale price, vacant properties and all current and past building permits.

The above map shows Berkeley’s property classes, net                        The above map shows Berkeley’s building    assessed value, last sale price and vacant properties.                  permits for the day, week, month, quarter and year.

                          

 

Schedule Inspections

While all aspects of SDL’s Municipal Management Software are designed to help increase efficiency and workflow within offices, the Portal has been able to help eliminate many of the added interruptions of office walk-ins and phone calls. In addition to township map filters, Berkeley’s Portal page also allows for users to log on and schedule inspections.

The above image demonstrates the process of completing an inspection request through the SDL Portal.

“The Portal has simplified our office’s daily operation, since it alleviates customer interaction in the office and excessive phone calls,” Cirz said.  “I have experienced a more efficient permitting process due to the availability of any person to log on to the portal and research whatever information that is necessary for them,” he continued. “The ability for customers to request inspections, check permit plan review status and to be notified of every action pertaining to their permit has significantly reduced phone calls in our office.”

 

berkeley-township-portal-page

Currently, Berkeley’s Portal page allows for users to visit their municipal website, view township maps, schedule inspections, make requests, view township data and search for permits. With the permit search feature, users can search with either a permit number or a control number, in order to find the status of a specific Building Permit.

SDL Hosts Round Table

SOMERSET, NJ – April 12, 2016 – Spatial Data Logic recently hosted a round table at their in-house training facility in Somerset. This round table was comprised of a select number of current SDL Software users from various towns throughout New Jersey. During this round table session, SDL Software users and SDL staff members discussed specific features of SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile and SDL Portal. Attendees were given the opportunity to ask specific questions about the software, and voice their opinions on potential software changes. A number of requests for changes in the software that were mentioned during the round table will be addressed in upcoming software updates.

SDL Software users in attendance represented Berkeley Township, Bernards Township, Cherry Hill Township, the City of Jersey City, the Township of Livingston and the Borough of New Providence.

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