SULLIVAN COUNTY –– Sullivan County has become the first such municipality in upstate New York to deploy Google’s “chatbot” service, known as Dialogflow CX. Developed in …
SULLIVAN COUNTY –– Sullivan County has become the first such municipality in upstate New York to deploy Google’s “chatbot” service, known as Dialogflow CX. Developed in collaboration with technology services provider SpringML and the County’s Information Technology Services Division, the Sullivan County Virtual Agent debuted this month at www.sullivanny.us.
“We invested in this technology with the twin hopes that it will quickly lead web users to the information they seek and will reduce the time County staff spend on the phone answering basic questions,” said County Manager Joshua Potosek. “Preliminary results are promising, and we will continue to enthusiastically study usage of the Virtual Agent to see if expansion is warranted.”
The virtual agent is an artificial intelligence-driven program designed to immediately and accurately answer questions from users on the County website. When users click on the chatbox logo in the lower right of their screen, the Virtual Agent will provide a list of clickable topics and a spot to type in questions.
If it doesn’t have the answer it will provide a number for people to call.
At present, the Virtual Agent only covers questions about the County Clerk’s office (including the Department of Motor Vehicles) and the County Treasurer’s office – two of the busiest public-facing offices in County government.
Since the Virtual Agent is a new technology for Sullivan County, staff will be evaluating its usefulness over the next few months.
Crucial to that evaluation will be user feedback, and so the public is welcome to share comments, compliments and criticism with Director of Communications Dan Hust at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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