A new employee locator could aid Miami-Dade County, Fla., officials in coordinating responses to future disasters. The application plots where county employees live and work on a map that’s searchable by an employee’s identification number, name, address or ZIP code.
"From advanced battery cars to hybrid-electric city buses, we're going put Recovery Act dollars to work deploying cleaner, greener vehicles in cities and towns across the nation that will cut costs, reduce pollution and create the jobs that will drive our economic recovery."
New technology, federal stimulus funding, new governance structure with more first responder participation, recognition of regional deployments and calls for regional and state cooperation reinvigorate new push for statewide wireless interoperable communications network.
"There are many people who go up to first responders and say 'I have a piece of gear to say exactly where you're at.' We have followed a lot of those claims over the last year and half and some of those claims are perhaps a little bit more forward than they should be."
Homeland security science and technology chief outlines priorities and current projects: interoperability, counter IEDs, cyber security, container scanners, personnel locators, biometric identification, vehicle disabling technology and a breathing apparatus.
Alerts can include an approaching tornado, a telephone outage disrupting 911 emergency services, local roads overrun by flash floods, chemical releases or oil spills, or the urgent need to be on the lookout for an abducted child.
"This is a positive development in Rhode Island's broader mission to promote environmentally responsible energy policies, while generating revenue for the state that can be used to fund other government programs."
"I am pleased to announce that through the exceptional generosity of an anonymous donor my office is able to distribute the Child Project for use by 41 sheriffs' offices and police departments across the state of Maine."
The next challenge state IT officials face as those efforts begin to pick up speed is "to think hard about what it takes -- organizationally -- to do IT right because that is the big issue from the legislative perspective and certainly from the public's perspective"
Last week, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance issued a report titled "Teaching Children Cyber Security and Ethics" calling for the creation of a national K-12 curriculum for teaching children how to use the Internet safely and ethically.
At a time when consumers' personal information appears to be stored in a glass house with a revolving door, MyPublicInfo of Arlington, Va., is offering consumers with a tool that lets them know what information has been collected about them, who they might be confused with and what they can do about it
The Preserving Competition in Telecom Act 2005 would prohibit municipalities from competing with private Internet services, while the Community Broadband Act of 2005 would preserve a service that cities see as encouraging economic development.
"We used imagination and the latest technology to create, at little cost, a free public service that will enhance the park experience for downtown workers, residents, and tourists." -- Paul Hudson, chairman, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles