Commentary: Lot Lines: Online Databases Make Improvements

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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. …