IT Modernization Helps City of Miami Reduce EMS Response Times

The City of Miami is the largest municipality in Miami-Dade County, known for its diverse culture and ethnicities. Micro Focus assisted with the challenge to move off the city’s Fire Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) dated mainframe.  Miami had to decide between migrating or rewriting all 80 applications and 180,000 lines of code for a modern platform.


·       The modernization project, implemented by Micro Focus and Astadia, was designed to improve the speed and efficiency of City of Miami’s CAD system while ensuring its capability to meet the needs of a growing population.

·       Idea Integration implemented the full modernization using Micro Focus® Enterprise Developer. The city’s proprietary Unisys COBOL code was converted to Micro Focus COBOL that runs on Windows Server and the .NET Framework. The move from mainframe-based applications to a Windows environment has reduced the Miami’s mainframe costs by over 50 percent, saving at least $900,000 per year.

“The primary goal for our IT modernization project is to make the City of Miami a safer place by protecting the lives of our citizens and making it easier for our emergency workers to do their jobs effectively,” stated Kevin Burns, Information Systems Manager City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department.

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