Chandler Harris

Contributing Writer

October 5, 2009

Making Cyber-Security a National Priority

Citizen involvement in cyber-security is crucial.

August 31, 2009

Citizen Created Applications Can Boost Service Delivery

To become a more citizen-centric government, local governments need to engage citizens to progress.

March 6, 2009

Miami-Dade TV Showcase the 'Dirty Jobs' of Some County Workers

Inside County Jobs Television show features the often-unseen, gritty tasks done by some of the Florida county's 28,000 workers.

December 21, 2008

Richmond, Virginia, Police Department Helps Lower Crime Rates with Crime Prediction Software

Virginia uses predictive crime analysis, data mining, reporting and GIS.

December 2, 2008

Maricopa County Goes Green with a Comprehensive Plan

Maricopa County in Arizona is the latest community determined to go green by implementing a comprehensive Maricopa County Green Government Program.

November 20, 2008

New Software Predicts Crime

Computer application that replicates the intuitive experience of veteran cops helps lower crime rates in Richmond, Va.

October 9, 2008

Government Consortium to Investigate Virtual World Best Practices

By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users and Fortune 500 enterprises will be in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc.

October 6, 2008

Baton Rouge, La., Boosts Interoperability with Regional Approach

Officials tackled interoperability for emergency response after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

September 24, 2008

Drone Enhances Firefighting Effectiveness

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called the drone one of the most exciting new weapons in California's firefighting arsenal. NASA plans to include UAVs like Ikhana for a network of devices that will monitor natural disasters.

September 23, 2008

Storage: New Technology Helps CIOs Save and Manage Data

CIOs attempt to meet growing data storage demand.

August 11, 2008

New Trend in Open Source: Business Intelligence

Government CIOs analyze the possibilities -- and problems -- of open source business intelligence.

July 15, 2008

Thinking Regionally

Following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, West Baton Rouge officials set out to tackle interoperability for emergency response communications between the parish, port and other interagency groups at the local, state and federal levels.

July 13, 2008

Mapping Tool Helps Coordinate Emergency Resources at G8 Summit

Battlefield Visualization System proves valuable for emergency planning.

July 7, 2008

CIOs Try to Follow Top Government IT Security Trends

As threats to government IT grow more sophisticated, CIOs are racing to understand, plan and implement security strategies.

June 25, 2008

Biometrics Stems Driver's License Fraud

Biometrics, once the domain of public safety and welfare, has become more mainstream in the public sector, thanks to improvements in recognition technology.

June 23, 2008

Data Storage Trends: CIOs Invest In Multiple Strategies

There's no one solution to managing the voracious demand for data storage.

June 12, 2008

Web Self-Service Helps 311 Call Centers Reduce Load

Online 311 applications ease burden on overworked call center operators.

June 9, 2008

Five IT Security Trends to Watch

Government is top denial-of-service target, worst for exposed identities.

June 8, 2008

VoIP Cuts Telecom Costs for California Insurance Department

Pilot VoIP project tests feasibility for deployment at other California state agencies.

April 29, 2008

Emergency Plan Speeds University's Recovery from Devastating Fire

School's emergency plan is model for other state and local entities, officials say.

March 17, 2008

Public-Private Partnership Improves Case Management for Workers Comp Agencies

Workers comp agencies partner with software vendor to develop new case management solution.

March 13, 2008

Wireless Sensors May Help Governments Monitor Health of Aging Infrastructure

Minneapolis bridge collapse spurs monitoring innovations.

January 28, 2008

Tracking Outbreaks

Texas implements electronic lab reporting to prevent disease outbreak.

January 21, 2008

Muni Wi-Fi Projects Struggle with Technology and Economic Challenges

Municipal wireless rollouts from Philadelphia to San Francisco face unrealistic demands and business models. 

December 19, 2007

Dark Spaces

Monitoring unallocated Internet addresses reveals potential DoS attacks.

October 26, 2007

Seismic Explosions

Fifty years ago, two gas-fueled explosions ripped through Reno, Nev., but new technologies make a similar scenario today unlikely.

October 19, 2007

Educating Florida

As state education CIOs grapple with building statewide data tracking systems for students, one state has succeeded.

October 7, 2007

Process Beats Paper

Business process re-engineering returns as a less radical management technique and is ready for the public sector.

September 25, 2007

Saving Seniors

Warning systems help save lives when senior citizens with cognitive disorders wander away from home.

September 19, 2007

Smart Grids For Energy Conservation

Smarter grids and meters help revive an aging U.S. utility system.

August 27, 2007

Educating the Uprooted

Supporting children displaced from Hurricane Katrina teaches more lessons in disaster response.

July 9, 2007

The Book on Better Investment

Without good governance, IT investments can be wasted. That's why the feds and other governments are turning to Val IT.

July 5, 2007

New World Library

Google digitizes University of Texas' books in its campaign to bring more books online.

May 8, 2007

Rising From the Ashes

Chicago bounced back from the Great Fire of 1871 and continues improving its firefighting technologies.

April 25, 2007

Contracting E-Mail

Local Connecticut government adopts software-as-a-service approach to e-mail and groupware applications.

March 5, 2007

Shifting How We Work

Governments realize telework strategy benefits disaster recovery and business continuity planning -- as well as productivity.

March 5, 2007

In the Stratosphere

Blimps and balloons are reborn as wireless platforms.

March 5, 2007

Secure Signatures

Illinois hits an important benchmark by issuing its 100,000th digital certificate.

March 1, 2007

Beyond Interoperability

Santa Clara County's Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project has become a model for the rest of the country.

January 2, 2007

Telework Spurring a Radical Shift in How We Work

Governments are realizing a telework strategy is not just important as part of disaster recovery and business continuity planning, but that it has productivity benefits as well.

December 27, 2006

Computers Watching Over Us

Video analytics software can identify certain homeland security threats, and the technology is getting better all the time.

December 26, 2006

Behind the Bench

Georgia judges now rely on a clear picture when considering cases.

December 20, 2006

Emerging Technologies: Computers Watching Over Us

Video Analytics -- software that automatically monitors video feeds from surveillance cameras -- can identify certain types of homeland security threats. And the technology is getting better all the time.

December 20, 2006

Emerging Technologies: Computers Watching Over Us

Video Analytics -- software that automatically monitors video feeds from surveillance cameras -- can identify certain types of homeland security threats. And the technology is getting better all the time.

December 1, 2006

High-Tech Fire Prevention

Urban foresters use technology to prevent fires.

November 5, 2006

Robot Garage Hijacks Cars

A garage in Hoboken, N.J., holds cars hostage for several days.

October 2, 2006

Eyes in the Forest

California firefighters use automated fire-spotting technology to replace human lookouts.

October 2, 2006

Modern Education

One high-school teacher incorporates video games into his curriculum to help students learn.