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Posted: September 28, 2012 5:32 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 5:32 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita’s recreation management software is getting a facelift, both in look and function, officials said Friday.

The Santa Clarita City Council approved a $240,000, five-year contract with Rec1, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based firm, for recreation software management services at its council meeting Tuesday.

For the fiscal year 2011-2012, the city Recreation Department processed 45,056 separate transactions, 70 percent of which were processed online, totaling more than $4.3 million in revenue.

Rec1 was chosen out of four companies that made proposals for the project. Kevin Tonoian, the city technology services manager, said Rec1 was chosen in large part because of its strong mobile capabilities, which will allow users to utilize mobile computing devices to process city recreation transactions. With the old system being more than a decade old, it was cheaper to replace the system than to continue operating it.

“This system will provide recreation users with a far greater user experience,” Tonoian said. “It’s intuitive. They’re going to have significant ease of use. We’re real excited about the Rec1 partnership.”

That ease of use applies to both city employees and the public, according to Toi Chism, the city recreation superintendent. Chism said that, from a city perspective, Rec1 both simplifies tasks and automates many that the old system did not, such as sending out confirmation emails after a reservation or purchase. Rec1 will also provide greater system access for users, allowing coaches or volunteers access to aspects of the system that were reserved for city employees in the legacy system.

Rec1 will also have a new array of communication tools, including integration with social media networks and services such as Google Maps.

Chism said she thinks the newer, more modern look and feel of the system may encourage more users to make purchases and reservations through the system themselves.

“We know that today’s world is technology based,” Chism said. “So to be able to upgrade our system to allow folks access in an easy manner is something we certainly pride ourselves in and something we accept our responsibility for.”     

The Rec1 system is expected to go live in February 2013.  

  

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