Local authorities invest €500k in content systems

31 May 2006

Eight local authorities across the country have signed a deal valued at €500,000 for software firm Terminal Four to deploy content management systems that help improve accessibility to council websites for staff and citizens alike.

Easier accessibility will be made possible through better provision of information and self service online forms.

The eight local authorities include Cork City, Sligo, Mayo, Galway City, Galway County, Wexford, Kerry and Westmeath councils.

The deals bring to 12 the number of local authority customers signed up by Terminal Four in recent months. “There continues to be significant activity in this sector, with further councils currently in the process of moving over to content managed websites,” commented Piero Tintori, managing director of Terminal Four.

“We are also seeing our existing local authority customer becoming much more interactive through online self-service and eForms functionality of our content management systems.”

Through the use of the new systems, local authorities will be able to publish their websites in multiple languages as well as allow staff to develop personalised extranet portals for councillors.

The system also ensures that all content published on the local authorities’ websites meet industry regulations such as the W3C accessibility standard.

The head of ICT for Galway City Council Robert Curley commented: “Terminal Four’s Site Manager product has helped us to develop and deliver a scaleable, easy to use and accessible website, which can be maintained by any of our staff members, regardless of their technology expertise.”

By John Kennedy