New GIS software eliminates steps and isolates location of 911 callers on a map.
Colleges and universities face unique challenges in fighting the swine flu.
Oregon's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program keeps residents ready for emergencies.
Police use social networks for community policing.
MassGangs database helps Massachusetts police departments share information on gang activity.
California's chief security officer hopes to build that in state.
Arkansas CTO Claire Bailey gets public safety agencies and jurisdictions on the same wavelength.
Online predators and cyber-enticement targeted by stimulus grants.
Indiana motor vehicle agency uses facial recognition technology to deter identity theft.
California, Arizona, Connecticut and other states discover that problems with GPS monitoring of sex offenders beg a more thoughtful approach.
Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications demonstrates its EOC on wheels.
Five years of preparation and investment aided recovery during Minneapolis bridge collapse.
New technology warns distracted drivers of approaching emergency vehicles.
Los Angeles Basin Project test software and data sharing in simulated earthquake.
Begins with 22 cameras downtown on the 4.9 GHz public safety band providing video access to mobile police vehicles.
Video training tool simulates scenarios that cops may face in real life.
Houston PD Crime Lab upgrades after critical investigation.
Monitoring technology boosts effectiveness of bait car concept in Sacramento, Calif.
Prisons in California, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota deploy RFID tracking systems to manage inmates.
Crime laboratory run by the Houston Police bounces back after DNA processing errors.
Slow access to information, difficulty with data sharing.
Plate readers help shorthanded departments spot stolen cars and other criminal activity.
Stolen medical identities boost health-care costs and cause lasting pain for patients.
Shows like CSI create the perception that crime scenes contain plenty of physical evidence and that technology can provide conclusive results. The reality is altogether different.
Police and public health officials analyze wastewater for drugs, uniting environmental technology and public safety.
Emergency responders improve interoperability.
Federal Emergency Management Agency director vows to change the organization's culture.
Federal Emergency Management Agency director R. David Paulison discusses the course of the 'new FEMA.'
The key component to an emergency telephone system is functionality.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's program serves as a gateway for technology of the future.
Private sector proves nimble during emergencies.
Intelligent transportation systems evolve to address emergency management.
Mobile command center takes missing children's investigations into the community.
"I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard over the radio 'Is an air unit available?'"
New technologies give investigators a better view of intelligence.
Champlain College and local police pool their talents to catch criminals and spawn future investigators.
911 call centers may soon be equipped to receive text messages and digital photos from callers.
Behavior recognition technology adds intelligence to surveillance cameras.
Darren Bates wiggled his way out of the unfriendly confines of Hancock County Jail in Georgia last summer and fled to Philadelphia. The escaped auto-theft convict hung out on MySpace, the social networking site, free from law enforcement - or so he thought.
Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers
The little scooter has become a favorite tool among some cops and medics.
An integrated statewide Internet protocol network and office automation technologies like enterprisewide messaging, which includes functionality such as directory services, calendar and e-mail, will foster improvements in interoperability.
Linking disparate information systems gives Florida cops access to statewide data.
GPS improves accident reconstruction for Sparks, Nev., police.
Regional portals raise the bar for communication for law enforcement and emergency managers.
Plate-reading technology gives police a new 'vision' in patrolling.
Tarrant County, Texas, district attorney uses enterprise service bus to eliminate paper.
It's not ideal, but virtual visitation offers a solution for divorced parents.
Interns take a load off crime-lab cops and provide promise for the future.
"The biggest challenge our leaders face is understanding just how important and pervasive the creative economy is to our success and survival in a global arena"
GPS monitoring surfaces as the latest tool to track sex offenders.
A Texas grocery store turned police station presented technological challenges.
Hurricane Katrina focuses attention on basic radio communications' ability to survive worst-case scenarios.
Chicago Police Department hopes to curb gun violence with smart technology.
New York City's Real Time Crime Center gives detectives a leg up over crooks.
Will the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reorganization mean better communications with local officials?
Private data brokers play growing role in criminal investigations.
Mesh network helps high-school administrators clamp down on violence and vandalism.
New Web-based application in Massachusetts contains a suite of information on registered sex offenders.
Security technologist and author Bruce Schneier tackles identity theft questions and security issues.
The FCC's unanimous vote on May 19 to require VoIP providers to make 911 service available to all customers automatically is especially good news to New York City, which has been wrestling with a VoIP/911 solution for months.
Growing use of voice over Internet protocol creates dilemma for 911 services.
Criminal files no longer eat up reams of paper in this Alabama city's homicide unit.
Global Justice XML may link law enforcement, firefighters, emergency management services and more.
Identity theft victims in Ohio now have help putting their lives back together.
Pattern-detecting software analyzes data faster than before, helping government catch crooks of all kinds.
"It's a great tool to have. You can enhance it, you can zoom in and zoom out. We enlarged the areas outside the inner perimeter to see what areas could be affected in the event there was a volley of gunfire."
A Motorola acquisition brings benefits to mesh networking technology but alarms critics
'Government needs to get away from the idea that all state agencies and entities are separate when it comes to IT'
'Getting elected officials to work together can be difficult at times, and judges are some of the most independent-minded elected officials you could have'
'I think there's a sense that Ft. Wayne is on the move. There is a can-do attitude, a more optimistic spirit'
'We no longer think that we can't perform at the same level or better than the private sector. We no longer think of ourselves as a small enterprise only made up of Cabinet agencies'
'I've tried for 10 years now to pass an Internet portal bill. Finally got it done last year'
Florida statewide radio system keeps emergency operations running despite hurricanes.
Can emerging technology solve justice and public safety issues?
Can emerging technology solve justice and public safety issues?
Jerry Hauer shares his concerns about the nation's disaster preparedness.
Oakland, Calif., tackles police misconduct issues with database.
Are citizens' groups overstepping their bounds in trying to reduce crime?
Kiosk gives domestic violence victims safe and quick access to protection.
Department of Homeland Security funding initiative aims to spur interoperability among locals.
Michigan State Police shoots for success of IT projects over the long haul.
The Web has increased efficiency and convenience, but its openness leaves us vulnerable.
An air defense system in the mid-1950s laid the foundation for the Internet Age.
Chicago's CLEAR is a proven success -- so much that the Illinois State Police will soon merge its data system with it.
Access to electronic toll information has privacy advocates concerned.
New software helps Mississippi Department of Corrections run more smoothly with fewer employees.
Portland's police and parole/probation departments now share information when a police officer stops someone on probation or parole.
State and local governments agree the Department of Homeland Security's disbursement of homeland funds was inadequate, but they disagree on a solution.
Travis County, Texas puts jury summonses online and generates high adoption rates.
Conservative senator and liberal CIO forge alliance to overhaul Wisconsin IT policy.
More than 100 Midwest agencies will exchange emergency data through a new information sharing system.
Washington's plan for interoperability will require an agency-by-agency look at communications equipment.
Implementing Automatic Location Identification technology is proving more difficult than first thought.
Coplink plugs investigators into several data sources with one query.
Crime tracking concept evolves into powerful government management tool.
Cook County Circuit Court uses thin client technology to modernize in lean budget times.
The first Digital Counties survey breaks down electronic government successes.
With technology as an aid, law enforcement drafts community members in the fight against crime.
Proven Earth 911 concept may be foundation for national Amber Alert system.
Stanislaus County's Superior Court aggressively pursued information integration.
Local CIOs claim a position at the table for homeland security planning.
State and local officials deplore lack of both funds and focus in fighting terrorism.
Network separation security device from Tenix Datagate becomes world's first to undergo evaluation for EAL7 rating
UniGuard provides automated surveillance, threat detection and assessment.
Voyager teams with AT&T on wireless data applications.
Vermont becomes second state to adopt digital watermarking in driver's licenses.
Markland Technologies teaming with Eastern Virginia Medical School on research.
Wireless PDAs help physicians reduce Medicaid hassles and costs.
Lincoln, Neb. fire department gains instant access to emergency data.
New facility provides training venue for federal law enforcement agencies.
NIST reports significant advances made in facial recognition technology.
Markland Technologies adds decontamination and plasma antenna technology.
The Arizona Department of Corrections, Santa Rosa Police Department and Multnomah Sheriff's Office use Existing Crime Capture Systems To Produce Employee IDs
Ninety-Seven companies contribute toward expanded integrated justice system.
APCO will address public safety communication issues at three locations.
The CDC aims to more efficiently collect and disseminate information about communicable diseases.
Super computer systems that track our everyday transactions have many on edge.
Both AAMVA and the feds look at data sharing that can detect individuals attempting to obtain driver's licenses in more than one state.
Scan Systems for the Department of Corrections with Full Hand Scanning Capabilities
Successful Pilot Program Results in New Commercial Healthcare Client.
Microwave Data Systems Unveils New Series of Radios to Support 700 MHz Guard Band.
The NIJ will test a Critical Incident Response Tool Set for emergency technicians.
Pennsylvania Police Team with ABM America For Records Management.
Kaiser-Permanente turns to fingerprint access readers
The NCLETTC will provide hands-on experience creating digital suspect composites.
NIST says both fingerprints and facial recognition technology are needed to protect borders.
Night Vision opens new field office near Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
The award will enable the center to develop an information-sharing best practices model.
Reading two adjacent fingers is the key to a real world virtually error-free biometric identification system.
Speakers will address technology and policy considerations for protecting identity.
A collaboration of 15 state offices built the plan for the implementation.
FEMA staff realizes greater access to disaster aid information thanks to an integrated solution.
Technology provider for colleges and universities introduces software for tracking and verifying international students.
Vendors work to effectively weave wireless into larger infrastructures.
FRED helps investigators find electronic needles buried in PC haystacks.
Lack of national strategy forces a fractured approach to critical infrastructure protection.
The regional tax authority in Chemnitz, Germany is using search, retrieval and categorization software to help in criminal investigations.
This technology supports jail management, community-based corrections, victim services and features a case-management system that aids in integrating offenders back into society.
Colorado DOR implements automated facial recognition technology to thwart identity theft.
The State Department's facial recognition system will compare the image of every applicant against a database of images.
Because of the recent sniper attacks in Prince George's County, MD, the WARN system was rolled out ahead of schedule.
Technology helps manage a mountain of information in D.C. sniper case.
Accusations of 'electronic redlining' may land a major telecom provider in court.
The influence of Courtroom 21 is felt in real-life courtrooms around the world.
Private and public entities collaborate to publish benchmarks for Internet security.
Facial recognition system will scan visitors to House of Corrections.
The Washington city teams with Class Software Solutions on an Integrated Payment System.
The White House recently cited the CyberSmart School Program as a national cyber security resource for teachers.
Orange County, Calif., has launched an interactive Web site that provides the approximate locations of all serious and high-risk sex offenders in the county.
A database of fingerprints, faces and voices of suspected terrorists is being used at U.S. ports of entry.
Westchester County cops have big plans for the little Blackberry.
Wireless technology and interoperability were big winners at the 2002 Winter Games.
Patrolling the streets of Sacramento is not easy, but it's becoming easier with the help of some technology upgrades.
A simple piece of software links seven cities' justice systems.
The Texas Health Alert Network (HAN) links health organizations statewide
State and local governments are wrestling with those pesky credit card fees and constituents' fears of online transactions.
In late July, two teenage girls were abducted at gunpoint in Los Angeles County. With the help of a statewide alert system, the perpetrator was caught within 12 hours.
Are those on the front lines equipped to deal with the political reality of homeland security?
The world's most advanced courtroom enhances its integrated court case and juror management solutions.
The Habeas approach and Mail-Filters' highly flexible anti-spam solutions team up to take the subjectivity out of separating wanted from unwanted e-mails.
An agreement between Ricochet Networks and Denver will give the city use of 1,000 wireless modems.
Aether Systems will help the Pennsylvania State Police in their quest to modernize their crime-fighting technology.
Tiny GPS locator enables parents to track their kids even when they're out of sight.
Cops and magistrates get used to talking into a video screen.
The President's vice chair of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board will be among a host of speakers and presenters at the free conference.
A collaboration of Massachusetts's cities has awarded a contract to Viisage Technology to implement its facial recognition solution.
The online unit of Stevens Institute will provide an instructor-led, four-course program.
Carnegie Mellon University is providing resources for historically black and Hispanic institutions to produce information security experts.
The forensics software is being used worldwide to help examiners manage large volumes of evidence efficiently.
A state prison in California deploys the TSI PRISM technology to help keep track of inmates and make the prison safer.
The city's new Customer Service Request system allows city personnel to receive non-emergency 3-1-1 calls even while traveling in a city vehicle.
Biometrics makes dealing with Israel's stringent air travel policies easier.
The Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator and Pathlore are developing a series of online courses to train personnel.
A national palm print database will allow police officials the capacity to take advantage of this technology.
The FAA has awarded a grant of $1 million to I.D. Systems for development of improved security technology.
The software analyzes threats in real time from any enterprise security device.
A Britain police agency will become the first jurisdiction in England to offer text messaging for deaf and speech impaired people to contact officers in an emergency.
The bill calls for the formation of a National Emergency Technological Guard comprised of scientists and technology experts to help forestall terrorist attacks on the country's communications infrastructure.
A homeland security task force has recommended LEADERS as a viable tool to help mitigate biological warfare and other potential disasters.
Mobile will deploy a Web-based court case management system that will help streamline the flow of dockets through the court system.
Choosing a password that isn't easy to discover is critical and new password reset technology enables employees to choose appropriate passwords and securely reset them should they be forgotten.
Los Angeles County is the latest agency to adopt technology that allows officers to check mug shot photos from a handheld PDA.
A South Korean casino is the first to implement the new software.
Two security systems, being tested at Logan International Airport, are combined to help identify fraudulent travel documents.
The high-speed technology could improve the way public-safety agencies respond to emergency situations.
The New York Police Department's Compstat program has blossomed into more than just a crime-fighting tool.
CAL-photo is giving California law enforcement unprecedented access to 32 million driver's license photos.
Howard Schmidt, the former chief security officer at Microsoft, speaks about the national plan and other cyber security issues.
The two agencies have collaborated on a tool that will help law enforcement combat identity theft, Internet fraud, insurance fraud and other financial crimes.
A new system will allow officers to prepare tickets on a wireless, handheld computer.
Some agencies think facial recognition is ready now and are implementing the biometric technology to identify felons.
Sweden is the latest to implement search technology, which helps identify online criminal activity.
New, digital voice recordings will help police fire and 911 response times.
Ninety percent of all cyber attacks through 2005 could be prevented, according to a study.
An automated telephone notification service calls residents when a registered sex offender moves into the neighborhood.
Taking prudent cyber security measures doesn't mean breaking the bank.
Judges, lawyers and clerks are taking advantage of instant access to court files to speed court procedures.
Location technology could mean the difference between life and death for cellular phone users.
The handheld device could make a return to Logan International Airport.
The Osceola, Florida County Sheriff's Department recently teamed with the United States Marshal's office to seize nearly $1.5 million worth of methamphetamine and put the perpetrators behind bars thanks to some nifty software.
The Community Crime Prevention/Safety For Everybody (CCP/SAFE) unit of the Minneapolis Police Department has established "virtual block clubs," or organized crime watch groups on the Internet.
The Indiana State Police (ISP) has made background checks quicker and easier by adding an instant access feature to the Limited Criminal History Search application on ISP's Web site.
Information on convicted criminals in Montana is now available to anyone with an Internet connection through a new search system created by the Montana Department of Corrections.
The Camarillo Police Department is making sure it has a head start on any investigation that might include a missing child by issuing plastic identification cards for the community's children.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will implement a new system to verify the status of non-U.S. citizens applying for federal, state and local benefits, according to Computer Sciences Corp.
A new automated capture image system that integrates an illumination source with high-resolution color camera to capture optimal live video of passengers' faces is being deployed at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, California, and at the S
Jurisdictions use reverse 911 systems to alert public of potential dangers.
The new cards have a photo ID and contain information that can be read by a machine.
Videoconferencing is expanding its foothold behind prison doors as successful programs prove its public safety value.
States need to overcome antiquated systems to save lives in the event of an emergency.
BlackBerry solution provides state workers with real time e-mail and calendaring.
Utah is using predictive technology to put a stop to fraudulent workers comp claims.
North Carolina, Georgia and New Hampshire outline their plans for a strong IT future.
The cost of fighting Internet crime has some law enforcement agencies turning to the private sector for help.
Police know technology can help make pawnshop transaction information more useful in investigations, but debates over standards have slowed progress.
A new Web site helps police agencies clear cluttered evidence rooms.
States are finding CRM key to time-consuming customer service demands.
Agencies that allow citizens to pay taxes online with credit cards are making tax season a little easier for all involved.
States are on a drive to clear their roads, and electronic toll collection systems are helping them get there.
Washington state hopes to cut costs by making billing information available to constituents online.
As access to state-held records becomes easier, citizens want to see the issue addressed. Increasingly, states are faced with making new rules in unfamiliar territory.
Call centers are giving Kansas City a way to put more people to work and giving them a high-tech foundation to build on.