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Traffic: Online databases make improvements

Traffic: Online databases make improvements


Commercial real estate professionals who work in the Oklahoma City metro area are certainly blessed when it comes to resources. There is an abundance of great research tools developed by local government agencies, allowing users to obtain a wealth of information in a matter of minutes at relatively no cost. Property information that once took days to research can now be done instantly, allowing professionals more effective and profitable use of their time.

Two of those tools recently received an upgrade. The first is the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments’ online traffic count database. This Web site at www.acogok.com is easily the best source for free traffic count information in Oklahoma City. In addition to its database, the Web site also includes links to Oklahoma Department of Transportation maps that show traffic counts for major Oklahoma highways.

Last month ACOG completed a major overhaul of its traffic count database by implanting an entirely new system that was developed by MS2 Midwestern Software Solutions. The company manufactures various types of traffic management systems that are used in cities all over the nation. The new program is a significant upgrade over ACOG’s previous Web site and affords users such new features as the ability to view and create maps that show traffic counts, as well as improved search options.

The new system can look a bit daunting for first-time visitors to the Web site; however, MS2 has included a PDF document on the Web site that is a comprehensive tutorial on how to use the system. After reading the tutorial, the system becomes significantly easier to utilize.

The other local Web site to undergo a major overhaul is the Oklahoma County clerk’s registrar of deeds online search. The county unveiled its new online database earlier this week at http://countyclerk.oklahomacounty.org/. This Web site is one of the best commercial property research tools in Oklahoma City, as it allows users to digitally view the thousands of documents the Oklahoma County clerk has on record such as warranty deeds and mortgages. The new system still allows users to access the same information as before, but with an improved user interface and search system.

Users can still search for the documents the same way as before, but they are now greeted with a more user-friendly search interface, with tabs labeling the various search types. Once a search is completed, users have the ability to sort the results in any way they like.

Furthermore, users may download a PDF file that contains the entire document. The previous incarnation only allowed users to print one page of a document at a time, but now they can download the entire document and print all of its pages at once, which is by far the best improvement made to the system. Moreover, users can download the files to their computer, allowing them to keep their own digital copies, or they can export the data to Excel.

Darren Currin is an independent research analyst and consultant who specializes in Oklahoma City and Tulsa commercial real estate. He may be reached at (405) 476-0164 or dcurrin@cox.net.

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