GT National Technology Snapshot

A roundup of information technology news

by / January 31, 1999
Alaska | Alaska's Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is a 24-hour computer/telephone system that automatically notifies crime victims of
prisoner releases, furloughs or escapes from custody. Victims can also query the system for information.

Arizona | Phoenix developed a Permit Internet Map System to streamline design, processing and construction of utility infrastructure. The system links to the city's GIS and provides utility companies with realtime interactive maps to aid in their design. It also tracks the progress of permit applications over the Internet.

Arkansas | At Beebe High School in Beebe, parents, students, teachers and school administrators have immediate access to teachers' daily grade books via the Internet, and even families without a computer have access via telephone. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

California | IntraVerse signed a contract to provide security and privacy protection for confidential information maintained in the Statewide Automated Welfare System.

Colorado | Eagle County contracted with Convergent Group for the purchase of hardware and software for its countywide GIS project. The project involves the use of Digital Alpha servers, Compaq workstations and Oracle software.

Connecticut | Six hundred police patrol units involving 36 municipalities, two universities, the Capitol Police and the State Police can now receive and transmit crime and vehicle information directly from patrol cars.

Delaware | The most ambitious capital campaign in the history of the University of Delaware includes $50 million to fund construction of a new engineering building with the latest technological equipment and an electronic library. Newark Post

Florida | Palm Beach County published a guide to information on the county's home page for other county departments, major municipalities and chambers of commerce. County News

Georgia | Ben J. Dyer, president of Intellimedia Commerce, was inducted into the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame, formed in 1993 to honor individuals whose lifelong achievement have contributed to the growth of the technology industry and community at large in Georgia.

Hawaii | Honolulu Community College officials entered into an agreement with CiscoSystems to create the first Cisco Regional Networking Academy in the Pacific. The academy will provide computer network design and installation technology to high schools.

Idaho | State and local government officials joined forces in October to address issues related to vital government services affected by the Y2K transition. Officials from a variety of agencies, including school districts, are working together to solve data-sharing problems.

Illinois | Sex offenders registered in the city of Chicago are now listed on the Internet. Searchable by police department beat number, the 2,415-name list can be accessed in minutes. Chicago Tribune

Indiana | Indiana Attorney General Jeff Modisett filed suit against an Internet provider that pulled the plug on at least 150 customers who paid up to $299 in advance for two years of service.

Iowa | The Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance has implemented a paperless Income Tax Telefile system by IPAT. Tax returns can be completed and filed via telephone.

Kansas | International visitors have been taking a look at how Kansas agencies work with the federal government and the private sector to create new technology business, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. It seems that Silicon Valley is a bit too advanced for the European Union, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Germany and China, which are just beginning to develop similar programs.

Kentucky | Kentucky State Police officials signed contracts valued at $6 million with Printrak International Inc. for fingerprint capture stations and upgrades to an automated fingerprint identification system.

Louisiana | The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $344,000 grant to Louisiana State University Medical Center to develop a Teletrauma Network linking five rural hospitals so that doctors can share expertise in realtime.

Maine | Durham Elementary School's Travel Agent project, which allows students to research information on foreign countries and prepare "travel packages," won the Internet Innovator Award sponsored by National Semiconductor. The company will award $2.5 million to schools in regions it has production plants. Brunswick Times Record

Maryland | Six children ages 7 to 11 participate in a laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, in which they help design computer software. The project is the brainchild of Allison Druin, assistant
professor at the university's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and an authority on children and technology. Baltimore Sun

Massachusetts | A public/private partnership in Boston attracted more than $26 million to bring computer technology to the city's 64,000 students and 4,800 teachers.

Michigan | A GIS project involving 20 local governments in the Grand Rapids area involves data conversion integrating more than 500 digital documents and databases and 2,100 paper source maps. The result is a database of 800 layers, including utilities, assessors, public safety, park and recreation, clerks, engineering, zoning, traffic and streets and roads.

Minnesota | Over the next two years, the Minnesota State College and University system is seeking $24.5 million to fund six regional technology training centers and technology training for faculty. System officials said adults are increasingly attending classes to update technology skills. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mississippi | Mississippi State University wants to use land north of Biloxi's Back Bay as a site for research laboratories, according to a recent article in the Biloxi Sun Herald. A technology center would connect students to distant classrooms.

Missouri | A radio decoder that had been unplugged to make room for an AM/FM radio delayed Kansas City's flood warning system during October's flash flood, in which 11 residents were killed, the Kansas City Star reported. City leaders are assessing the flood and preparing to better respond to future incidents.

Montana | One of Gallatin County's fastest growing communities -- known as Four Corners because it is centered around intersecting roads directing travelers to Big Sky, Belgrade, Norris and Bozeman -- has implemented a strategic plan for integration of data, disciplines, networks and user communities into a GIS environment focusing on land use and physical constraints. Montana GIS News

Nebraska | The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the early users of Internet2, which will be able to send more than 2.4 billion bits of information per second. The Conservation and Survey Division plans to send complex satellite images to and from the University of Oklahoma. Lincoln Journal Star

Nevada | Nevada's Classroom on Wheels program, which renovates used school buses and refurbishes them to create virtual classrooms on wheels, was named one of 25 finalists in the Innovations in American Government Awards by the Ford Foundation.

New Hampshire | The Information Services Section of the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles developed a computer networking project designed to help town and city clerk offices streamline automobile registration functions. The project was started in part because law enforcement needed more updated information.

New Jersey | Gov. Christie Whitman announced a $5.5 million technology grant program for three state-operated school districts in Paterson, Jersey City and Newark. The two-year program will enable the districts to develop Technology Model Schools, which will encourage the use of technology and help students learn New Jersey's core curriculum.

New Mexico | Data confirming compliance of trucks using the PrePass electronic weigh-in-motion technology validates the decision to implement the program throughout New Mexico, according to Gov. Gary Johnson. The system allows state personnel to focus on activities that require human intervention.

New York | The New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. used IntraMuni, an Internet-based municipal bond market service developed by IntraLinks Inc., to speed its municipal bond offering. IntraMuni was used in the document creation process for all preliminary official statements.

North Carolina | Electronic commerce, local government technology, privacy, security and IT personnel recruitment and retention will be addressed in the North Carolina Executive Leadership Forum in Raleigh on Feb. 24 and 25. The forum is sponsored by more than a dozen organizations, including Government Technology.

North Dakota | The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks recently began offering a new master's program in Instruction Design and Technology. Among other things, the program teaches students how to incorporate learning principles and technology.

Ohio | ACT OHIO is a grassroots, nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to the continued funding of classroom technology in grades 5-12 and the maintenance of funding of technology in grades K-12. The group is a coalition of parents, teachers, school administrators, technology specialists, community leaders and business representatives.

Oklahoma | Oklahoma State University technology officials helped create a "virtual corporation" of more than 60 entities and 45 small Oklahoma businesses to successfully compete for a $30 million Defense Department contract.

Oregon | Oregon has a comprehensive travel information system online that is designed to save residents time, money and hassles while they are on the road.

Pennsylvania | The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is collaborating on a learning center offering department employees free training on information technology and computer skills during lunch and after work hours.

Rhode Island | Providence Place Academy high school is scheduled to open inside a shopping mall in August. With regular curricula, students will be taught high-tech retail skills such as how to use computers and satellite technology to send daily sales tallies to home offices. The project is part of the state's school-to-career program. The Providence Journal

South Carolina | A $54,285 grant for math, science and technology training in South Carolina schools will fund the creation and modeling of math and science lessons using video, the Internet and other technologies.

South Dakota | At a South Dakota Municipal League conference, attendees were told that isolationism and failure to produce businesses and workers aware of the current economic climate will leave many small towns scrambling for a means to survive, but new technologies can save many of these communities.

Tennessee | An Integrated Justice Information System has been established in the Nashville metropolitan area. This will help shift the region from a paper-based system to computerized court processing, arrest information, financial tracking and prosecutor management.

Texas | About 100 computer laboratories in middle schools in Texas have replaced the traditional word processing, game and math tasks for exploratory learning experiences in subjects such as energy, computer graphics animation and rocketry. Instead of teaching what science is, the Synergistic Systems Labs claims to allow students to become scientists. Houston Chronicle

Utah | West Valley City police are studying a proposal to access the Immigration and Naturalization Service database by modem to aid in identifying illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the area. Police have the same computer hardware and software as the INS, as well as a fingerprint readers and digital cameras. The city's 141 squad cars are equipped with laptop computers, and officers are seeking grant funds to pay for optical fingerprint readers. Salt Lake Tribune

Vermont | The Morristown Select Board selected Burlington's Market Makers to conduct a year-2000 audit of the town's computers, including police, fire, ambulance and library systems. Cost of the audit is $1,000, plus $65 to $250 for each computer. (Lamoille County) News and Citizen

Virginia | A study on the impact of subsidized housing on property values in mixed-income communities in Fairfax County is available online . The study concludes that there was no significant difference in price trends between assisted and non-assisted homes. County News

Washington | The first phase of Y2K tests and corrections at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is projected to cost more than $4 million, and the entire project may run as high as $36 million. More than 100 systems, such as baggage-handling and electronic displays and clocks, are included in the project, according to the Seattle Times.

West Virginia | Thirty-six Community Partnership Grants totaling $668,000 are assisting West Virginia counties with a variety of programs. Grant County plans to contract with a planner and computer consultant to develop and implement a project-performance tracking system to assist in federal reporting requirements.

Wisconsin | The first person convicted of rape in Milwaukee County through DNA database evidence was imprisoned in Wisconsin for three home-invasion rapes when his DNA was linked to the crime. The Illinois man pleaded guilty to the 1994 rape of a Marquette University student. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wyoming | The University of Wyoming began offering courses via the Internet in January. Students can be admitted to Online UW, register for classes and pay fees electronically.

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