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Plus, 5 million+ jobs will be replaced by robots by 2020.
Plus, a new consumer video camera that automatically edits clips may provide insight into the technology’s future.
Plus, North Carolina State University researchers developed a device that tracks and shares guide dogs' health-related data with their blind owners, and researchers in France have created rechargeable batteries using sodium ions.
Government Technology’s editorial team analyzes this year’s speeches to see which governors are talking tech.
Plus, NYC teenagers create Live Time Closed Captioning system to help deaf individuals engage in naturally flowing conversations.
In the fourth quarter of 2015, San Francisco announced the biggest Internet of Things project in the U.S. to date, the most digital cities in the nation were named and the FAA announced that it will require drone owners to register devices with aviation authorities.
From smart city investments and use of Bitcoin technology in government to the Ashley Madison and U.S. Office of Personnel Management hacks, news during the third quarter of 2015 didn't disappoint.
This year’s top digital cities have developed a mature infrastructure that lets city leaders experiment with technology projects that are molded in the image of the average citizen's lifestyle.
A dozen states appointed new CIOs this year and in late 2014 -- here’s a look who they are and how they’re settling in.
Myers is putting his military and government backgrounds to use as the state’s IT leader.
Coming from the customer side of the state’s IT agency gives Collins a unique view of its role.
John MacMillan's work on both sides of the aisle allows him to harness public- and private-sector experience while leading IT for the state.
In this year's survey, the Center for Digital Government recognizes 54 counties as adaptive IT leaders, collaborators and arbiters of the public trust.
Director, Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, Texas A&M University
A new study examines tweets from various disasters, providing key information for emergency managers and their communications teams.
To find technology in this year’s speeches, you often need to read between the lines.
The field of disaster robotics has been studied for the last two decades. Robin Murphy has been there from the start and explains where it’s headed and what you need to know.
2014 may not have been the year, but there are definitive signs that we’re pointed in the right direction.
Also, Philadelphia launches the Municipal Innovation Academy and newly-elected Seattle Mayor Ed Murray puts the kibosh on the city's gigabit network plans.
Plus, Hawaii, the District of Columbia and Oakland County, Mich., best their peers in this year's Best of the Web awards, and the New Orleans iTeam analyzes crime stats to identify high-risk individuals and criminal social networks.
In this year's Digital Cities Survey, top cities recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives there.
Complexity has slowed statewide efforts, but CIOs are launching new initiatives.
State CIOs wrestle with big data, open data and overwhelming complexity.
Built on best practices and lessons learned, the Disaster Recovery Playbook puts the St. Bernard Project’s model online for any community to use.
Adam Thiel, deputy secretary of public safety and homeland security for Virginia, talks opportunities and challenges.
Emergency managers converged with the tech community to discuss tools that can create more resilient communities.
The updated National Seismic Hazards Maps from the U.S. Geological Survey show the most current understanding of where future earthquakes will occur.
A new DHS report addresses how social media platforms can and are being used for situational awareness.
As chief information security officer for the state, Avakian is aligning with nationwide security initiatives, putting them in place to build momentum at the state level.
Also, transforming procurement and learning from HIX are topics for NASCIO day two.
Maine internship program copes with the ‘silver tsunami.’
The recent mudslide in Oso, Wash., showed the power of social media during times of crisis.
See which state and local governments have made their open data promises official.
Day two of NASCIO conference covers public safety communications, BYOD and project funding.
State CIOs hear plenty about thinking outside the box.
Twitter Alerts aims to get information from vetted, credible organizations to the public during an emergency.
The Bexar County BiblioTech digital library utilizes a cloud platform and focuses on bringing cutting-edge technology into the community.
Anaheim, Calif., has prepared its Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to respond to questions on social media and use it to aid situational awareness.
Google’s Crisis Response product manager provides insight into the best ways to share emergency information online and how search engines can utilize it.
Colorado takes technology traditionally used for perimeter security at prisons and airports, and uses it for detecting wildlife along highways and warning drivers in real time.
Is automation the future of road maintenance?
Pelgrin, CEO of the Center for Internet Security and founder of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, is recognized for his contributions promoting government performance excellence.
As the proliferation of Internet-connected devices continues, Vint Cerf says the “Internet of Things is upon us,” making the transition to IPv6 necessary.
Microsoft CTO Stuart McKee predicts that mobile devices — despite presenting unique challenges — will enable new levels of productivity.
A look at the trends that shaped how we work and live.
Founder of online communications and branding firm discusses online technology and strategies for politicians.
Governments try out new media directors to handle social networking on their behalf.
GPS and heads-up display technology keep Alaska snowplow drivers on the road, even if they can’t see it.
Tom Ridge, the first DHS secretary, applauds the reallocation of the D Block but warns that the buildout of the network will be a long journey.
Microsoft heads toward a touch-based operating system and is incorporating video game Kinect technology into government operations.
Heather Blanchard Co-Founder, CrisisCommons; Noel Dickover Co-Founder, CrisisCommons; Andrew Turner Co-Founder, CrisisCommons
Local law enforcement technology advances, but still suffers from the ‘CSI effect.’
Companies have become masters of disaster as they’ve endured every type of emergency and learned lessons along the way.
A decade after the 9/11 attacks, strides have been made in regional public safety interoperability, but a nationwide system is still lacking.
Widespread use of social media in earthquake’s aftermath is the latest example of how Web 2.0 technology has changed emergency communication.
Transportation systems use technology to improve the safety of first responders and the public.
National Level Exercise 2011 tested states’ abilities to respond to a catastrophic earthquake while creating links between all levels of government and beyond.
Many emergency managersare avoiding using social media for all the wrong reasons.
Software replaces a Florida police department’s time-consuming process for classifying shoe prints found at crime scenes.
What happens in Las Vegas is filtered through unique layers of security and vetted by the fusion center.
The White House will unveil new proposed cyber-security legislation that will focus on protecting the nation’s citizens, its critical infrastructure and federal systems.
Collier County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office among law enforcement using full-body scans to catch smuggled items on offenders.
Law enforcement agencies use iris scans to guard against mistaken release of arrestees.
A Florida city’s data center finds a permanent home in a decommissioned water tank.
The IJIS Institute Winter Industry Briefing combines the public and private sectors to stress information sharing and increase the country’s security.
StopHoustonGangs.org also improves data exchange among public safety agencies.
Video conferencing allows Michigan prisoners to attend hearings remotely. State court system to come onboard next.
Video game fills educational gap and adds another layer to Illinois’ efforts to teach the state’s youth about disaster preparedness.
County officials respond to the mock detonation of a nuclear device and test a system that monitors for hazardous materials.
LAPD opens sophisticated training suite that simulates critical incidents.
A virtual replica of New York City provides its Office of Emergency Management with a unique way to test its command element.
National database seeks to link missing persons cases to unidentified decedents - solving cold cases and providing closure to loved ones.
On Friday, Aug. 27, thousands will turn off their computers at the end of the workday, saving kilowatt hours and promoting an energy-efficient mindset.
Operation Golden Phoenix promotes collaboration and uses the ICBRNE program that monitors and reports critical information.
Pennsylvania school districts give police direct access to their video camera feeds to aid situational awareness in case of emergency.
Math-based computer simulation model analyzes how different crime hot spots respond to increased policing.
Alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet helps free up prison beds by remotely monitoring offenders.
The move to implement next-generation 911 and other emergency call-related technologies forces some to ask the question: Should there be a nationwide standard for 911?
Gadgets include patrol car-mounted launchers that shoot GPS-equipped darts onto fleeing vehicles, and ear-mounted video cameras for cops.
Washington, D.C., tracks water assets to streamline inspections and aid firefighters in emergencies.
Seismologists create an early warning system to alert Californians before an earthquake occurs.
Gov. Bill Ritter and CIO Mike Locatis, Colorado
DNA tracking database monitors the collection of arrestees' genetic material to identify who must provide DNA samples.
A power outage at a Transportation Worker Identification Credential processing facility may require up to 410,000 cards to be replaced.
Cities nationwide have been using light-emitting diode bulbs in traffic lights to save money, but their low-heat output means snow and ice can stick to the lights.
The state's free, subscription-based emergency alert system hopes to expand to online gamers in 2010.
Lack of H1N1 vaccines causes some localities to postpone mass vaccination clinics.