The National Transport Authority has been named Overall Winner at the 2016 eGovernment Awards, for its Real Time Ireland mobile app which allows travellers to use public transport – bus, tram or rail – in an integrated fashion, across the country.
The app was recently updated to provide a single user interface with an emphasis on usability and data accuracy.
The judging panel, which includes digital experts from both the public and private sector, thought that the national e-application, along with the simplicity of design, of the app made it this year’s outstanding eGovernment project and the Overall Award winner. The National Transport Authority also won the Mobile Award category for their app.
The Awards, delivered in association with eir Business, were presented by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, T.D., in Dublin Castle. They recognise the application of eGovernment technology within the public sector and reward those who drive eGovernment led public sector efficiencies. The Ireland eGovernment Awards recognise the huge strides being taken to drive an eGovernment agenda across the broad public sector, from libraries to Semi-State organisations; from central to local government.
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The full list of category winners is:
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) won the General Award category for its redesigned website.
- The Open Source category winner was the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) for its building control management system that allows for processing of building commencement notices online. This project was highly cost effective, a major criteria in the selection of winners.
- The Social Media winner was the Western Development Commission (WDC) for its Yeats2015 project that drew up to 85,000 additional visitors to Ireland to attend events associated with WB Yeats.
- Cork City Council won the Innovation category for its Litter Fine Project. This highly commended project which has many facets to it includes providing litter wardens with tablets to record evidence of littering as well as recording fines paid directly. It also aggregates information about persistent litter offenders.
- The Irish language category was won by a joint venture between DCU’s Fiontar department along with the Placenames branch of the Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is a central archive that records all information about place names within the State and is an invaluable tool to those interested in genealogy and family origins.
- The Marketing category winner was Safefood for its ‘Babies Know the Facts about Folic’ campaign that ran for just four weeks but that saw a very significant rise in women taking folic acid following on directly from their multimedia campaign.
- The Accessibility category winner was Fingal County Council for its Online Consultation Portal that enables citizens to make online submissions in respect of both statutory and non-statutory consultation processes via a single integrated online service.
- The Promoting Ireland Overseas category was won by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) for its Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI project. This highly praised project saw a rise in online viewing of the material from 27,500 people in 2014 to 300,000 unique users, viewing 5 million webpages, during the 4 months after its launch in July 2015.
- The Universal Design Awards went to the Dept. of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for its project to improve the Dept.’s digital communications capability.
The annual awards are organised by the Public Sector Times and MarketFinder and are sponsored by eir Business.