State and Local IT News in Brief

New Jersey adopts Silver Alerts to find missing people, Colorado city's parents can check kids' grades at the mall.

by / December 28, 2009 0

Checking Grades at the Mall

A school district in Aurora, Colo., has installed two computer kiosks in a local shopping mall so that parents can check on their child's progress and grades at school. The kiosks cost $7,500 each and are password protected. School officials said the district might place the kiosks elsewhere in Aurora if they're successful.

Source: The Denver Post

 

New Jersey Adopts Alert System for At-Risk Seniors, Others

New Jersey recently adopted a system that will connect law enforcement and the media so that they can disseminate information to the public when an at-risk person, such as an Alzheimer's sufferer, goes missing. The system will be used for people of all ages who have cognitive disorders. The "Silver Alerts" can be put on highway message signs and broadcast on TV stations.

Source: Philly.com

 

Building Broadband in Massachusetts Gains Steam

Believe it or not, four communities in Massachusetts still lack Internet service of any kind. Gov. Deval Patrick and the nonprofit OpenCape Corp. are among those pursuing grants to build broadband capacity and extend its reach. The OpenCape project, which would bring Internet service to underserved areas, is one of several projects competing for federal money.

Source: Cape Cod Times