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CAMS Background

The Los Angeles County Countywide Address Management System (CAMS) was developed by several County departments to expand an earlier address management system.

The implementation of CAMS began in 2005 by several County departments. A steering committee worked to guide the system along and to get wider adoption from more County departments and other cities/agencies in Los Angeles County. With the retirement of the key project champions revealed a major weakness in the County’s address management model. County’s address management processes were well served by geospatial technology but the technology alone was not enough to sustain a sound address management program. The missing element was a strong and clear governance framework providing the authority, resources, and resiliency necessary for ensuring that addresses are continually maintained and utilized as a strategic information.

The County has taken some steps to pave the way for better address data governance. It has established a permanent CAMS Coordinator (2018) within the County’s enterprise GIS Group, devoted to supporting address governance for the various “Addressing Authorities” within the County of Los Angeles. Focused tasks of modernizing the existing concept, framework and workflow to meet and exceed the potential uses of a countywide address management system, such as Next Generation 9-1-1, or development permits. The county also has established a Geographic Information Officer (GIO) and a Chief Data Officer (CDO) positions whom works closely with the Chief Information Office (CIO) to coordinate all 38 County Department’s utilization.

As currently implemented; Countywide Address Management System (CAMS), utilizes geographic information systems (GIS) technology to maintain address data and help coordinate workflows. The original guiding CAMS principles:

  • CAMS will become an authoritative source for address information countywide, with web‐based services to provide access to address‐based functionality (geocoding, address verification, etc) along with data download.
  • Address maintenance responsibility will be in the hands of the jurisdiction that creates the address.
  • If possible, address information will be available for the public domain.
  • County will assume responsibility for integrating countywide addresses for jurisdictions that cannot use CAMS for address management.

eGIS Group’s CAMS Coordinator is responsible for overseeing CAMS project in its entirety. From managing and maintaining current system processes and procedure to the development and implementation of a Re-envisioned/Modernized Countywide Address Management System.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RRCC) is responsible for maintenance of the current CAMS Desktop application.

Data Authority/Responsibility is currently distributed. The LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) has addressing authority for all of Los Angeles County Unincorporated Areas and has established relationships with several incorporated cities to provide authoritative address maintenance. The remaining incorporated cities, if they have not established secure connection of LA County’s internal network to access the CAMS Desktop application… Their datasets within CAMS is managed by the eGIS Group’s CAMS Coordinator.

CAMS errors or updates can be submitted via work order by either the CAMS Desktop Application or CAMS Online Work order system. The CAMS Online Work order system was developed by the eGIS Group to reduce overhead of utilization. To request access please e-mail the eGIS Group at egis @ isd.lacounty.gov with the subject line <”CAMS Online Work order access”> or contact the CAMS Coordinator Directly.

Here is more background information on the CAMS project:

Original Participants:

County Departments Cities & Agencies
  1. Registrar Recorder – County Clerk (RRCC)
  2. Public Works (DPW)
  3. Internal Services Department (ISD)
  4. Fire
  5. Regional Planning
  6. Assessor
  7. Chief Information Office (CIO)
  8. Public Health
  9. Department of Health Services (DHS)
  10. Chief Executive Office (CEO)
  11. Sheriff
  1. Burbank
  2. Carson
  3. El Segundo
  4. Glendale
  5. Hermosa Beach
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Manhattan Beach
  8. Monterey Park
  9. Palmdale
  10. Torrance
  11. Port of Long Beach