Belleville, IL, computer issues quit mailing of sewer costs

Belleville City Hall

Belleville Town Hall


A personal computer difficulty is keeping the town of Belleville from mailing sewer charges to community people or processing automatic debit payments, according to the city’s general public relations professional.

Metropolis Treasurer Sarah Biermann, who handles sewer billing and payments, declined to comment, referring phone calls to PR and Communications Supervisor Kathy Kaiser. The BND questioned Kaiser to make Biermann and Information and facts Technologies Director Scott Markovich out there to reply distinct concerns. She declined.

In accordance to Kaiser, a power surge caused a laptop outage that harmed the city’s billing program, making names and addresses of some clients inaccessible. She explained by means of an emailed assertion to the BND and around the cellphone that an “outside source” has been contracted to “assist in the recovery” of that information.

The city hopes to resolve the problem and concern the remaining expenses by Tuesday, Kaiser said, however she cautioned that time frame could be impacted by the extent of the destruction to the computer software program.

“We did not want to include a timeframe in our statement in scenario it didn’t materialize,” she reported.

She reported no late fees will be assessed for May billing.

Belleville has 42,404 residents and 17,824 homes, in accordance to the final U.S. census. Some of the bills were mailed on time, Kaiser stated, nevertheless she couldn’t say late Friday afternoon how several ended up delayed by the personal computer outage.

Previous June, St. Clair County alerted about 600 citizens that some of their own info may perhaps have been jeopardized by a ransomware attack on the county’s computer system network. The malware infection prompted the county to shut down its pc system and site for quite a few days, beginning Could 30, 2021.

Kaiser claimed the city’s computer system process has not been breached in any way.

Kaiser emailed the subsequent statement:

“The Metropolis of Belleville experienced a laptop or computer outage on April 27. 2022, which resulted in the physical failure of discs attributed to our server. This outage has afflicted our LOCIS Software system, which incorporates our Sewer Billing division.

“Per discussion with our IT section and the outdoors source we have contracted to help in the recovery course of action, this scenario was the consequence of a ability surge to our system, and there is no proof of any malicious attack on our system from outdoors sources.”

The problem grew to become public on Thursday, when the adhering to concept was posted on the Welcome to Belleville Fb web page:

“ATTENTION ALL City Citizens: Owing to a computer system program outage at the Town of Belleville, we have been unable to issue our regular monthly Sewer charges which is why you have not been given them, by means of the US Postal Support. We have also been unable to difficulty immediate debiting for this months expenditures as properly.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this has prompted. We are working diligently to rectify this circumstance, as before

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AI can resolve pressing global issues, says Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman

Artificial intelligence may hold the key to many of the world’s pressing issues such as climate change, said Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kim Ki-nam on Monday.

Speaking at an annual AI forum, hosted by his company, the senior executive stressed the wide-reaching capability of AI, not just for businesses, but for the betterment of humankind.

“The advancement of AI is going beyond the electronics industry and expanding to various fields, such as basic science. We expect AI to provide solutions to social issues such as climate change and environmental pollution in the future, but there are still many challenges to tackle to make this possible,” Kim, who doubles as CEO of device solutions at Samsung Electronics, said in his opening speech of Samsung AI Forum.

In its fifth edition this year, the event kicked off Monday for a two-day run, with world-renowned AI experts participating virtually. It was livestreamed on Samsung Electronics’ YouTube channel.

The first day of the forum was hosted by Samsung’s R&D hub dedicated to cutting-edge future technologies, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.

The second day will be hosted by the company’s R&D hub dedicated to consumer electronics, IT and the mobile communications division.

The company also announced this year’s winners of the Samsung AI researcher of the year award on the first day of the forum.

The awards were launched last year to recognize rising AI researchers globally.

This year’s awards went to Georgia Tech professor Diyi Yang, MIT professor Jacob Andreas, Georgia Tech professor Judy Hoffman, MIT professor Phillip Isola and Oxford University professor Yarin Gal.

“I’ll put more effort into further developing the current AI system to realize AI that is close to natural intelligence,” said Isola.

Monday also marked the 52nd anniversary of Samsung Electronics’ foundation.

Kim, in his address to employees, called on the need to prepare for the changes the future is to bring to the society.

“It is time to find a new growth engine in the super-intelligent society that will develop over the next 10 years and ask ourselves whether we will be able to stand as the most highly rated century-old company,” he said.

Kim added, “The Big Bang will arrive, where new business models and products will be rapidly evolving in all sectors of daily life,” and that they must prepare by switching to a management system that can respond preemptively for such changes.

By Hong Yoo ([email protected])…

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