National Technology Snapshot

A round-up of information technology news and events from each of the 50 states.

by / November 30, 1998 0
Alabama

Hoover High School teacher Ron Dodson was honored by the Milken Family Foundation with one of six National Educator Awards for his dedication, leadership, ability to instill character in students and innovative use of technology in teaching and learning.

Alaska

While registering vehicles online through the Division of Motor Vehicles at , Alaskans can view design options for personalized or vanity plates and check to see if requested numbers or characters are available. Registration can also be made by calling 888/DMV-KWIK.

Arizona

Pima Community College is working with DRA Software Training to offer credit for Microsoft and Novell training courses. The program offers basic training, limited programming and troubleshooting education. Inside Tucson Business

Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition is an effort by state educators to motivate students to choose technical careers. A recent trial run involved a simulation in which robots were designed and programmed to clean up toxic waste. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

California

About 400,000 tax-parcel maps for Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area will be digitized under a contract with the Sanborn Map Company Inc. Sanborn will used MicroStation and 1/RAS B technology to produce the maps.

Colorado

At Colorado State University, a team of scientists is developing a state-of-the-art computer model of a hurricane, hoping to improve on current forecasting tools. They theorize that hurricanes can be predicted by measuring thermal compression waves generated by the energy released by the storm.

Connecticut

A $550,000 federal grant is funding a state police project that places the names of convicted sex offenders on the Internet. Concerned residents can access information on offenders living in their area. The project is part of the state's effort to strengthen Megan's Law, which requires sex offenders to register with local law enforcement when they are released from jail.

Delaware

Wilmington College officials are offering 38 scholarships to Delaware teachers and administrators for an applied technology education certificate. The new certificate program can be applied toward a master's degree in education. The state has a goal of computer literacy for students by 2000.

Florida

More than a dozen Broward County agencies are developing a system to share records of juvenile offenders through a new $500,000 computer link system. The sheriff's department, the school system and the state Department of Juvenile Justice are among those working on the project. County News

Georgia

A special task force, formed in the wake of a killer tornado that ravaged northeast Georgia in March, recommends a dramatic improvement of communications and warning systems and expanded research into severe storm forecasting. Georgia Cities Newspaper

Hawaii

The state's Department of Consumer Affairs is handling a complaint filed by a Hawaii travel agency regarding the sale of airline tickets through Bank of Hawaii ATMs. The president of the Regal Travel agency alleges that it is illegal for banks to sell travel services.

Idaho

Scientists in Idaho Falls are using a transport plane and high-tech monitoring equipment to help predict how fires will respond to various conditions. Seven computers on a C-130 plane collect data from sensors on the plane's wing and nose, including particles in the air and global positioning information.

Illinois

University of Illinois officials were concerned that they lagged behind other Big Ten universities on the technological front, so they formed a Research and Technology Management Office. The project helped generate $3 million in licensing and royalties for UI over 12 months. The News-Gazette

Indiana

A flight simulator with a computerized video display and a replica cockpit is one of the elements in the new John T. Myers Technology Center
at Indiana State University. Students can meet all pre-flight requirements using the $500,000 simulator.

Iowa

Through Hawarden Integrated Technology, Energy and Communications, a fiber-optic cable system owned by the city of Hawarden, residents can access the Internet and cable television, and local schools can link to a statewide network. Nation's Cities Weekly

Kansas

Kansas taxpayers will have the option of filing their taxes via telephone or PC under a program being developed by the state, which has contracted with IPAT to produce its K40 long-form telefile and PC-access programs.

Kentucky

The Northern Kentucky Telecommunications Authority is being sued by InterMedia, a company seeking to gain access to documents related to development of a $50 million telecommunications network owned by 11 cities in Kenton and Campbell counties. InterMedia, a cable television company, charges that the Kentucky Open Records Law was repeatedly violated. The Kentucky Post

Louisiana

City water bills for Bogalusa residents were recently delayed because a computer malfunction prevented city employees from generating the bills. Officials assured residents that they would not have their water service discontinued because of non-payment related to the computer glitch. The (Bogalusa) Daily News

Maine

Enhanced 911 service will be available throughout Maine under a plan developed between the state and Bell Atlantic. The service will give dispatchers the caller's location and phone number before the phone is picked up and will direct calls to the public-safety answering point nearest the caller. The (Brunswick) Times Record

Maryland

Plans are under way to open a Digital Clubhouse in Annapolis libraries and schools in January. Originally designed by NASA and already in operation in Santa Clara, Calif., and New York, the clubhouse will offer tech training and serve as a link between children, parents and grandparents. The (Annapolis) Capital

Massachusetts

The commonwealth's newest Internet service allows residents to locate licensed professionals -- dentists, doctors, plumbers, real estate brokers -- who are registered with any of 32 Massachusetts professional boards. System users can also find out whether an individual's license is current and if there is any disciplinary action on his or her record. PTI Prism

Michigan

Wayne State University was the site of the first of a year-long series of seminars designed to allow the state's universities to gain a better understanding of the needs of high-tech businesses, while tech business leaders learn more about the universities. The forums are part of Gov. John Engler's Five-Point Jobs Technology Plan.

Minnesota

St. Cloud State University is building a $32.5 million high-tech library, which will include six electronic classrooms and 700 computer workstations. The new building is expected to be ready for students by fall 2000.

Mississippi

Physicians at University Hospital in Jackson are using telemedicine to treat inmates at the Mississippi Department of Corrections facility in Parchman. The doctors are treating routine conditions in coordination with an on-site nurse practitioner.

Missouri

Using a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, four St. Louis schools will develop a magnet cluster specializing in computer animation and multimedia arts. Beginning in fall 1999, the predominantly black schools in the city's De Ville neighborhood will be known as the Multi-Media Electronic Graphic Arts Cluster. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Montana

Global positioning systems attached to the collars of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park send signals indicating the bear's location to satellites. The GPS collars help bear managers track the animals' travel and eating habits. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Nebraska

Technology is driving the growth of new state government services, according to a report called "Tracking the Growth of Territorial and State Government: A Journey through 144 Years of Haphazard Progress," by the Nebraska Tax Research Council. The Lincoln
Journal Star

Nevada

Electronic bids generated $109.66 million in bond sales in Henderson -- the most revenue the city ever generated through a bond sale. Part of the sale's success was attributed to the convenience of last-minute bid submissions. Underwriters like to wait to submit their bids because of how quickly the market changes. Nation's Cities Weekly

New Hampshire

The Concord Integrated Community Network Project recently received program input from Bell Atlantic and Nortel Communications Systems in its mission to link government, business and community organizations with telecommunications and technology. Concord Monitor

New Jersey

New Jersey International Airport is installing multiplexers, which provide a communications path for security data that controls access to secured areas. Access is granted or denied based on a badge that contains a magnetic strip.

New Mexico

The Taos Pueblo Environmental Office (TPEO) has established a full-fledged GIS department using funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. TPEO officials want to use the mapping system to catalog data regarding natural resources in the Taos Pueblo area.

New York

New York City's kiosk demonstration project now allows residents to check the status of parking summonses, real-estate taxes and building violations, plus pay parking tickets and real-estate taxes online using credit or debit cards.

North Carolina

The state's electronic sports licensing program developed jointly by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Electronic Data Systems Inc. has modernized the state's annual issuance of 2 million fish and game licenses. Paper-based reporting requirements from bait-and-tackle shops and other outlets had proved too cumbersome.

North Dakota

The Assistive Technology Project at North Dakota State University is geared toward helping students with disabilities by providing a combination of staff support and technology.

Ohio

Cincinnati police acquired a Comstat system that maps where and when crimes have occurred. With the system, similar to ones used in New York and New Orleans, officers can quickly respond to the scene of a crime. PTI Prism

Oklahoma

State officials and business interests joined together to support two measures they said would result in more technology-based jobs for Oklahoma residents. The measures, State Questions 680 and 681, encourage collaboration between business and the state's colleges and universities.

Oregon

MILT, the transportation infomobile, has taken to the streets of Portland for its second season. The re-outfitted Tri-Met bus offers interactive computers, hands-on games and exhibits as well as printed information about transportation choices. Nation's Cities Weekly

Pennsylvania

Nine community centers -- including a health center, library and two public housing projects -- will be electronically connected to an Allegheny County school district under a $340,000 federal Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education signed a long-term agreement with PeopleSoft to supply state-of-the-art administrative computing applications, including systems of student information, finance and accounting, human resources and institutional advancement.

South Carolina

The state plans to convert its low-tech sex offender registry to an Internet site carrying pictures and information on convicted sex offenders with a $1.28 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department. The State

South Dakota

Eleven new tower transmitters are needed to bring warnings to more of the state's population, according to a $700,000 plan approved by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Aberdeen American News

Tennessee

Nashville police have a home page that allows residents to search records of recovered stolen property for everything from CDs to silverware. Records submitted by pawn shops are also available on the site. If property matching the owner's description is found within six months, the owner is notified by e-mail.
city of Hawarden, residents can access the Internet and cable television, and local schools can link to a statewide network. Nation's Cities Weekly

Kansas

Kansas taxpayers will have the option of filing their taxes via telephone or PC under a program being developed by the state, which has contracted with IPAT to produce its K40 long-form telefile and PC-access programs.

Kentucky

The Northern Kentucky Telecommunications Authority is being sued by InterMedia, a company seeking to gain access to documents related to development of a $50 million telecommunications network owned by 11 cities in Kenton and Campbell counties. InterMedia, a cable television company, charges that the Kentucky Open Records Law was repeatedly violated. The Kentucky Post

Louisiana

City water bills for Bogalusa residents were recently delayed because a computer malfunction prevented city employees from generating the bills. Officials assured residents that they would not have their water service discontinued because of non-payment related to the computer glitch. The (Bogalusa) Daily News

Maine

Enhanced 911 service will be available throughout Maine under a plan developed between the state and Bell Atlantic. The service will give dispatchers the caller's location and phone number before the phone is picked up and will direct calls to the public-safety answering point nearest the caller. The (Brunswick) Times Record

Maryland

Plans are under way to open a Digital Clubhouse in Annapolis libraries and schools in January. Originally designed by NASA and already in operation in Santa Clara, Calif., and New York, the clubhouse will offer tech training and serve as a link between children, parents and grandparents. The (Annapolis) Capital

Massachusetts

The commonwealth's newest Internet service allows residents to locate licensed professionals -- dentists, doctors, plumbers, real estate brokers -- who are registered with any of 32 Massachusetts professional boards. System users can also find out whether an individual's license is current and if there is any disciplinary action on his or her record. PTI Prism

Michigan

Wayne State University was the site of the first of a year-long series of seminars designed to allow the state's universities to gain a better understanding of the needs of high-tech businesses, while tech business leaders learn more about the universities. The forums are part of Gov. John Engler's Five-Point Jobs Technology Plan.

Minnesota

St. Cloud State University is building a $32.5 million high-tech library, which will include six electronic classrooms and 700 computer workstations. The new building is expected to be ready for students by fall 2000.

Mississippi

Physicians at University Hospital in Jackson are using telemedicine to treat inmates at the Mississippi Department of Corrections facility in Parchman. The doctors are treating routine conditions in coordination with an on-site nurse practitioner.

Missouri

Using a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, four St. Louis schools will develop a magnet cluster specializing in computer animation and multimedia arts. Beginning in fall 1999, the predominantly black schools in the city's De Ville neighborhood will be known as the Multi-Media Electronic Graphic Arts Cluster. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Montana

Global positioning systems attached to the collars of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park send signals indicating the bear's location to satellites. The GPS collars help bear managers track the animals' travel and eating habits. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Nebraska

Technology is driving the growth of new state government services, according to a report called "Tracking the Growth of Territorial and State Government: A Journey through 144 Years of Haphazard Progress," by the Nebraska Tax Research Council. The Lincoln Journal Star

Nevada

Electronic bids generated $109.66 million in bond sales in Henderson -- the most revenue the city ever generated through a bond sale. Part of the sale's success was attributed to the convenience of last-minute bid submissions. Underwriters like to wait to submit their bids because of how quickly the market changes. Nation's Cities Weekly

New Hampshire

The Concord Integrated Community Network Project recently received program input from Bell Atlantic and Nortel Communications Systems in its mission to link government, business and community organizations with telecommunications and technology. Concord Monitor

New Jersey

New Jersey International Airport is installing multiplexers, which provide a communications path for security data that controls access to secured areas. Access is granted or denied based on a badge that contains a magnetic strip.

New Mexico

The Taos Pueblo Environmental Office (TPEO) has established a full-fledged GIS department using funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. TPEO officials want to use the mapping system to catalog data regarding natural resources in the Taos Pueblo area.

New York

New York City's kiosk demonstration project now allows residents to check the status of parking summonses, real-estate taxes and building violations, plus pay parking tickets and real-estate taxes online using credit or debit cards.

North Carolina

The state's electronic sports licensing program developed jointly by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Electronic Data Systems Inc. has modernized the state's annual issuance of 2 million fish and game licenses. Paper-based reporting requirements from bait-and-tackle shops and other outlets had proved too cumbersome.

North Dakota

The Assistive Technology Project at North Dakota State University is geared toward helping students with disabilities by providing a combination of staff support and technology.

Ohio

Cincinnati police acquired a Comstat system that maps where and when crimes have occurred. With the system, similar to ones used in New York and New Orleans, officers can quickly respond to the scene of a crime. PTI Prism

Oklahoma

State officials and business interests joined together to support two measures they said would result in more technology-based jobs for Oklahoma residents. The measures, State Questions 680 and 681, encourage collaboration between business and the state's colleges and universities.

Oregon

MILT, the transportation infomobile, has taken to the streets of Portland for its second season. The re-outfitted Tri-Met bus offers interactive computers, hands-on games and exhibits as well as printed information about transportation choices. Nation's Cities Weekly

Pennsylvania

Nine community centers -- including a health center, library and two public housing projects -- will be electronically connected to an Allegheny County school district under a $340,000 federal Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education signed a long-term agreement with PeopleSoft to supply state-of-the-art administrative computing applications, including systems of student information, finance and accounting, human resources and institutional advancement.

South Carolina

The state plans to convert its low-tech sex offender registry to an Internet site carrying pictures and information on convicted sex offenders with a $1.28 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department. The State

South Dakota

Eleven new tower transmitters are needed to bring warnings to more of the state's population, according to a $700,000 plan approved by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Aberdeen American News

Tennessee

Nashville police have a home page that allows residents to search records of recovered stolen property for everything from CDs to silverware. Records submitted by pawn shops are also available on the site. If property matching the owner's description is found within six months, the owner is notified by e-mail.

Texas

The Fort Worth City Council allocated $486,000 to buy 2,000 new parking meters that accept debit cards in addition to coins. The meters can be easily programmed to adjust for special events, and their secure design reduces theft risks. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Utah

The Springfield and Mapleton volunteer fire departments are raising funds to pay for two thermal-imaging cameras that use infrared technology to scan burning structures for people trapped by flame. The cameras, costing about $20,000 each, detect body heat and can be used for other searches. Salt Lake Tribune

Vermont

Most Deerfield Valley schools and towns have Web pages on the Internet and one -- Wardsboro Elementary School, online at www.wcsu.k12.vt.us/~wardsboro -- allows students to design and produce their own Web pages after they receive HTML training at the school. The Deerfield Valley News

Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation's paper files are being converted to an automated records-management system that integrates electronic signatures and GIS. Among other things, the $60 million system will be able to produce electronic maps and blueprints. The (Hampton Roads) Daily Press

Washington

Sixteen municipal members of Missouri River Energy Services have hired a consultant, TAVA/R.W. Beck, to help resolve the Y2K threat to embedded-chip systems. The consultant will bring the water agency through the initial critical phase of the assessment and may eventually provide a complete remediation program.

West Virginia

The state's advanced fiber-optics telecommunications infrastructure is one of its keys to future economic success, according to Democratic Rep. Bob Wise, The (Wheeling) Intelligencer

Wisconsin

The state's computer systems that handle driver's license records, state investments and federal checks to poor mothers with young children are Y2K ready and systems that handle state paychecks, pension checks and unemployment checks are expected to be Y2K compliant this month.

Wyoming

Jackson Hole Airport's new satellite-based landing system is intended to ease airplane traffic congestion and redirect airplane approaches from "noise-sensitive" areas adjacent to the airport. Using global positioning satellites, planes can take curved paths away from residential development -- even in bad weather.

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