New Jersey’s Smart Inspection Initiative and NJDEP CIO Honored with Two StateScoop 50 Awards

By Sam Brake Guia July 22, 2019

ARInspect, the developer of the inspection industry’s most powerful digitally-enabled inspections RPA application, announced today that New Jersey Department of Environmental Control, a customer of the company, was honored as a StateScoop 50 award winner in two categories. The State of New Jersey’s Smart Inspection initiative was named a “State IT Innovation of the Year,” and Pete Tenebruso, CIO for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), was named a “State Leadership of the Year” winner. 

The 2019 StateScoop 50 Awards honor the projects and leaders driving innovation within state government technology and cybersecurity. Thousands of projects and leaders were nominated, but only 180 finalists moved on to the StateScoop website for a reader vote. The top vote-getters in each of the six categories made the final list of winners.

Government inspectors are critical to enforcing regulations that protect our air, water, land, food and more. But, NJDEP is limited to one inspector for every 2,750 regulated sites. When inspection backlogs pile up, it puts public health, safety, and the environment at risk. The Smart Inspection Initiative, led by Pete Tenebruso, is retooling the way agencies approach inspections using RPA and predictive algorithms in a mobile platform to feed inspectors prioritized schedules by identifying regulated sites with the highest risk for regulatory non-compliance.

For the first time, inspectors are armed with tablet-based inspection applications for data collection and other digital tools. Enforcement leaders have immediate access to data-visualization tools to support operational decision making, keeping communities safer and businesses operating.   

“With this Smart Inspection initiative, Pete has become an innovation champion not just for NJDEP, but for the state as a whole,” said Vivek Mehta, CEO of ARInspect. “We are incredibly proud to support his fast and effective transformation of the NJDEP inspection process and are inspired by the NJDEP teams efforts to achieve modernization goals to keep their communities safer!”

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