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Modernizing state systems for better public service

Posted on Nov 8, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main

The state has better cybersecurity for its systems.

The bottom line: Investments by the Ige administration in the state’s information systems and transportation infrastructure have resulted in better security for legacy systems and highway, airport and harbor upgrades. These areas drive the state’s economy, create jobs, and improve the daily experience of residents and visitors as well as day-to-day state operations.

Honolulu airport’s mauka concourse modernization.

The state Department of Transportation is helping to reduce Hawai‘i’s carbon footprint by installing energy efficient systems, photovoltaic panels and high-efficiency LED equipment. The annual energy use by HDOT highways improved by 43%. At 11 airports, energy use was cut in half. The highways division reopened Kūhiō Highway on Kaua‘i following historic rains in 2018 and 2020, and reopened the Pali Highway following landslides. The division also ensured access during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. The airports division continues to modernize and expand the state’s facilities for future growth. The administration also moved forward with a comprehensive Harbor Modernization Program since some 90% of all goods consumed in the state pass through Hawai‘i’s commercial harbors.

After decades of relying on antiquated, paper-based systems, the Ige administration has modernized many government operations across multiple state departments to better serve the public. This includes the departments of Taxation and Accounting and General Services who worked with Enterprise Technology Services to improve legacy systems. Hawai‘i’s   information technology upgrades earned it an A– grade and a “Future Ready Award” for its Safe Travels Digital Platform.


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