Local governments are combining geospatial data and crowdsourced information to ease congestion.
This year’s top digital cities know data demands are only going to grow, and they want to be prepared.
Brandon Williams may be the first-ever state digital transformation officer.
If successful, the experiment could be expanded to several other areas within the state — and ultimately allow people to do more meaningful and valuable work.
At the end of September, the mayors of Chicago and London signed a memorandum of understanding committing the two cities to working together on a number of data-based projects.
A U.S. official said nearly half of U.S. states have experienced attempted hacks of their voter registration systems so far.
The inaugural event brought together government trailblazers, entrepreneurs, companies, advocates and civic innovators using federal open data across all sectors to discuss the continuation of open data progress going forward.
Low budgets and a lack of staff resources in government threaten the effectiveness of government privacy programs.
The state has expanded a cooperative partnership that links Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with secondary schools to increase the aerospace STEM proficiency of Florida's students — and prepare a future workforce.
OpenJustice will make large amounts of criminal justice data available to the public with an overall goal of improving safety, strengthening trust, enhancing government accountability and informing public policy.
As the economy improves, traffic congestion has grown worse, according to a recent survey. One cost-effective solution to the problem is technology.
The National Association of State Energy Officials has released a working paper that recommends building energy codes and performance contracting as ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent.
A consortium of five states were able to thwart cross-border, dual participation in the food stamp (SNAP) program by detecting fraud in real time.
The new system has transformed and vastly improved customer service in the city.
The app now facilitates custom geographic searches accessing the latest American Community Survey socioeconomic data.
Lakeland, Fla., has managed to update and integrate its disparate surveillance and access control systems while avoiding significant upgrade costs.
A recent survey has found that energy costs can represent 25 to 30 percent of total operation costs for water and wastewater utilities, but that some companies are making substantial progress in improving their energy and water efficiency.
South San Francisco's IT department created an app for the city's police department that helped officers visualize reports from the field while investigating a murder case from 1976.
The risks to holding onto legacy systems are many, but modernizing IT in any sector is not easy or cheap. These tips can help.
The next-generation emergency communications system will be built in four phases over the next five years, and is expected to boost speed, security and reliability between PSAP operators, dispatchers and first responders.
Beantown's Citywide Analytics Team is bringing the power of data to everything the city does.
Several municipalities are forming public-private partnerships to launch smart city initiatives.
Though cloud computing is increasingly the way law enforcement is storing and managing data, it is not without its difficulties.
A new Web platform called IncluCivics shares in graphs and charts workforce diversity data, and tracks the diversity data over time.
To keep up with today’s rapidly changing technology environment, regulators must modernize their regulatory practices and increase efficiency, according to a new report.
In Pennsylvania, a new app serves as "one-stop shopping" for officers when they're in a vulnerable situation.
Water customers have cut their use when they can monitor consumption via the Internet on a daily basis.
Glendale, Calif., is one of the first jurisdictions in the U.S. to combine both smart electricity and smart water meters into a “smart grid.” What have they learned thus far?
The new in-house portal helps validate project management process framework compliance and improve communications among project stakeholders.
The city will install 166 wireless nodes that can sense movement on the streets, send alerts when the trembling of an earthquake is detected and act as Wi-Fi hot spots.
The idea of "smart cities" is a complicated one and means different things to different people, but all definitions have a core element -- using technology and the data it collects to help address complex challenges. Here's how to get started.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has started using a program to help minimize congestion and improve traffic flow on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway -- just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
An average of 32 percent of foster students change schools in a given year, making data sharing imperative to improving their educational success.
Administrators and law enforcement need to quickly and accurately assess the credibility of violent threats -- here's how.
The electronic cash transaction network will allow U.S. residents without bank accounts or debit cards to purchase non-immigrant visas for friends or family living in Cuba.
There’s a significant disconnect between those who support mass transit and those who actually use it -- but transit-related tech is making the mode of transportation more convenient and attractive.
The "Big Ideas for L.A." event, hosted by Los Angeles and the National League of Cities, allowed mayors to share “big ideas” that are driving innovation within their communities.
Under an alliance between the city and Microsoft, the two will hold events to help expose girls to a variety of technology careers and role models.
Nearly one year later, the Pennsylvania Treasury's updated system helps officials take better advantage of early payment discounts, and better manage cash and investments to realize increased gains.
Though this increased sense of urgency exists, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, according to a new report.
The redesigned site, whose design and functionality was determined based on analytics, is truly device agnostic, adjusting dynamically and automatically based on the user.
A new tech trends report predicts a continuing "core renaissance” in which CIOs use lessons learned over time to modernize their legacy transactional systems, and inspire new services and growth at the core.
A new survey found that citizens across the board want more ways to report crime and to help support crime reduction efforts in their neighborhoods by leveraging new technologies.
The Center for NYC Neighborhoods' goal is to use these tools to keep hardworking families in their homes.
Virtualization is not easy for government, where the demands for seamless data access are typically layered upon numerous legacy systems -- but it's a necessity.
A new NASCIO report examines the state IT workforce, and finds that smart IT organizations are focusing on digital engagement, and innovation and transformation of government.
The new, modular system should give the state flexibility to adjust quickly to changing state and federal policies while still processing daily claims for clients.
Though a lot of noise is being made about deployments here and there, that’s not enough to move the U.S. needle.
New Amazon Machine Images for Amazon Web Services, developed based on the center's secure configuration benchmarks, allow organizations to leverage the benefits of the cloud while also adhering to best practice security standards.
Over the past four months, developers from around the world devised apps utilizing real-time MTA data to improve commutes as part of the App Quest 3.0 competition.
The new solution tracks everything about an inmate and helps the Michigan DOC process 12,000 transactions each day.
In Anoka County, Minn., fire departments and law enforcement agencies can now share critical data during a response.
The governor has cancelled the single ERP procurement process, and the state will instead set out to modernize and improve individual ERP functional areas through more targeted projects.
According to a cloud report, when state and local governments evaluate and plan entirely new IT services, 30 percent would be considered for either partial or total delivery via the cloud.
The city, which has the largest deployment of police body cameras in the world, will use a data storage system that meets the FBI's standards for security.
Cities will be major beneficiaries from growth in the IoT market, according to a report released by Verizon.
Study finds that social media lets campus authorities instantly reach a large percentage of students, who are more likely to comply with emergency notifications received in that manner.
At last year’s Super Bowl, New Jersey Transit officials evaluated how they could utilize an app to enhance visitor safety and security. Now, the agency is working to perfect that app and expand its use.
Two congressmen announced that they will introduce student data privacy legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, perhaps as soon as the end of this month.
The city and county will share both costs and a common platform and portal, with the goal of stimulating business development and creating new community services.
Three key IT leaders have all left the state to pursue other opportunities.
Agencies don't need to avoid social media, experts say, but they need to prepare for possible attacks.
The two states will battle for bragging rights for the best government application to serve citizens.
Arlington County, Va., Columbus, Ohio, and Mitchell, S.D., are considered "the best on the planet to teach us how we should go about planning the future."
The new system will allow riders to use debit cards, credit cards or PayPal to buy Muni tickets anywhere and at any time.
Could infectious disease surveillance systems that accurately track social media data inform early warning systems and outbreak response?
New York City and Asheville, N.C., have both adopted private clouds to provide disaster recovery services, with promising results.
The department's 'Opiniator' system lets drivers provide feedback instantly using their smartphone or other electronic device of their choice.
Cloud wins CJIS approval in Texas; Alabama implements hybrid cloud for HIX and Medicaid eligibility.
Five highly regarded government CIOs share their secrets to becoming trailblazers in government IT.
The integrated call control system improves the routing and handling of the 1 million emergency calls received every year.
New Fraud-Detection-as-a-Service continues to “learn” over time, uncovering the latest and emerging methods of fraud.
The objective is to bring the well-established trust of a physical driver's license into the online environment as a low-cost, readily available, highly reliable means of assuring that people are who they claim to be in an online setting.
Using an overhauled mapping app, citizens can access hundreds of police service calls, in addition to neighborhood disturbances, thefts, drug or sex offenses, and more.
The popular social networking service will allow public agencies to communicate with more than 42,000 neighborhoods to discuss crime and safety issues.
In 2013 alone, The Weather Company delivered more 150,000 weather alerts to two-thirds of U.S. adults -- and it now is targeting its reach to informing people of emergencies.
The marketplace gives government agencies an easy way to research, purchase and implement technology solutions and professional services.
Running a procurement system can be costly, but Michigan expects its new reforms will make the process less cumbersome and cheaper.
Governments are recognizing that sharing economy platforms can provide a vital link between needs and resources in times of disaster.
Climate researchers predict sea-level rise will eventually submerge 316 coastal cities in the U.S. How are government data center managers planning for the future?
Enabling change in library broadband starts with state and local governments seeing libraries as partners in achieving community-level goals.
Schools that have purchased Chromebooks versus iPads point to low cost and minimal maintenance requirements as the primary selling points.
Analytics will give the state's Department of Social Services data it can use to ensure benefits are being used as they were intended.
More states and cities are announcing “mobile-first” strategies, but what does that really mean?
In partnership with Xerox, Indianapolis created ParkIndy, a pay-by-phone meter system and app that's using predictive analytics to make parking more convenient and boost infrastructure revenue.
Structural monitoring utilizing highly accurate sensing devices can enable objective, precise and timely performance data on the condition of our nation's bridges.
To streamline processes and reduce energy use, the LAC+USC Medical Center became a main IT hub, hosting major applications for the other hospitals and clinics.
The state spent 11 years on what could be the nation's largest financial system upgrade. Roll out starts this week.
The Pennsylvania Health Department thinks a mobile app for EBT will streamline processes and encourage recipients to make healthier decisions when purchasing food.
Some states are implementing statewide systems while others are giving localities the lead and providing oversight and support.
Recognizing the increasingly critical role that information technology plays in the delivery of services, the Michigan Legislature recently appropriated $47 million annually for IT investment.
The Future of Cities Roundtable featured guest speakers who shared real-life examples of how technology is changing the way cities and communities offer services to citizens.
As the agency transitions from a fee-for-service model to a managed care approach, the new technology initiatives should help them improve business operations, and adopt and use national standards.
Dr. Pan says Assembly Bill 1559 can save a lifetime of debilitating problems for a child by properly diagnosing and treating ALD before its symptoms appear.
According to NASCIO's new report, there is a broad variance in the maturity of state planning, ongoing outreach and governance strategies around FirstNet.
The system, now in pilot phase, is expected to boost collaboration among providers while improving person-centered care across the state's 88 counties.
The organization was previously challenged with complications and risks associated with managing its contracts and other legal documents, often resulting in strained relationships with key vendors and increased costs of operations.
Fraud Detection as a Service is the latest in cloud-based tools that can help state agencies uncover increasingly sophisticated, computer-driven fraud schemes.
Chief privacy officers are common in the commercial world and at the agency level. Is there a role for a statewide CPO?
Near real-time data collected through the 311 app is available to the public 24 hours a day and is presented in visual format, so the public can quickly see what types of requests are coming in and where.
The province's new high-tech card enrolls people in an identity service that works for health -- and can one day work for any other program where people must be identified online.
Almost no one likes the procurement process. Here are some ideas for changing it.
Digital devices are changing the face of health care — finally.
Software-defined networking, which replaces traditional network hardware with software, is the latest technology buzz. But what potential does it have for government?
Radio system allows Monterey, Calif., CERT members to report damage assessments and keep the EOC directly in contact with different neighborhoods.
More government agencies are migrating major applications to the cloud, a move that offers multiple benefits. But some suggest caution.
The Presidential Innovation Fellows program combines the mass of the federal government with the velocity of cutting-edge innovators. What’s been accomplished since the program launched?
Five up-and-coming social media sites and applications government should keep an eye on.
Though the future of health care is cloudy given the many changes that will take place over the next several years, it's clear that technology will play a vital role in making the system more sustainable.
Statistics say mobile payments may soon replace credit cards and cash. Will government ride the mobile payment wave?
Can government act more like Silicon Valley when developing applications or services?
Left for dead after the rise of the Internet, kiosks are returning to government offices to augment recession-thinned staff.
A rise in the use of crowdsourcing by federal agencies may lead to faster solutions to perplexing challenges. But in order to reap the benefits, it has to be done correctly.
Budget belt-tightening has put the cost of 311 calls under a microscope. And while few cities would contemplate pulling the plug on these popular systems, many are looking for ways to rein in expenses.
Officials say FedRAMP will launch this year, removing a key obstacle to federal cloud adoption — and states may benefit too.
How agencies are stamping out the deal breakers that hinder big technology projects.
The Eastern District of Pennsylvania uses technology to identify and target criminals.
Indiana finds open source software is key to making one-to-one student/computer initiative a reality.
The All Alert system will replace the old method of distributing emergency warnings to the public.
Montgomery County, Md., used GIS and other applications to reinvent and improve its Emergency Operations Center.
A consortium of cities works to improve economic development efforts in Washington.
The Virginia Department of Transportation turns its Right of Way and Utilities Management System into a revenue-generating product.
Napa County, Calif., improves internal accountability using work force performance statistics.
Computerized grading helps Indiana cut cost of statewide essay tests.
Indiana delivers digitally certified driver records to county prosecutors.
San Diego Futures Foundation puts retired computers back to work in the community.
Maricopa County, Ariz., tests facial recognition technology in schools to identify missing children.
More state and local jurisdictions appoint GIS directors to oversee GIS at the enterprise level.
Syndromic surveillance system helps New York City detect and respond to disease outbreaks more rapidly.
New York City's Department of Probation replaced their expensive kiosks with cheaper, more effective ones.
The New York City Housing Authority implemented a rigorous and disciplined project management approach to guide IT projects.
Registering a new business in Utah now takes hours rather than months.
Colorado pilots the first pro se e-filing system for low-income citizens.
Seattle works to reduce the amount of packaging it receives with each new PC.
With security issues on the rise, several schools use GPS to track students.
Cities turn to GIS and other technologies to help track and maintain their greenery.
The environment may finally be right for rapid broadband deployment in rural areas.
Virginia's new Dashboard system instantly shows the status of state transportation projects.
COMPASS is quickly becoming the single access point for all Pennsylvania social service programs.
Hiring new school employees in Florida is faster thanks to a new statewide digital fingerprinting system.
The No Child Left Behind Act means huge changes in school data collection and reporting; some states are making diverse systems work together.
North Carolina identity management system improves security, saves money and promotes citizen self-service.