National Technology Snapshot

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

by / May 31, 1998

The city of Homewood is working with Intergraph Public Safety to develop a computer-aided dispatch system and a records management system for the city's police and fire departments.


The Child Support Enforcement Division began switching over to a new computer system in April. Aside from meeting the federal government's requirement, the new system will also allow parents to pay child support by automatic withdrawal for the first time.


The city of Mesa awarded a contract to Trimble for a GPS-based automatic vehicle location system. Trimble will equip 325 of the city's fire, EMS and police operations with the system, which will locate, manage and assist in the dispatch of vehicles for enhanced fleet operations.


The University of Arkansas is working with Computer Associates International as part of a program to update and optimize its existing information technology infrastructure.


Los Angeles World Airports is using GIS developed by Psomas to map noise contours. The GIS maps are the core of reports required for FAA federal funding to soundproof some 25,000 residences in the vicinity of the airport, where noise levels exceed state standards.


The state introduced a draft of its Multi-use Network Task Force Strategic Plan for a Statewide Telecommunication Infrastructure. The document is intended to fulfill the requirements of SB 96-102, which charged the state with developing and implementing requirements for a statewide information infrastructure.


Eastern Connecticut State University is using funds allocated by Gov. John Rowland under the CSU/CTC 2000 plan for computer wiring and installation.


The state is using HopeLine -- a voice-mail service donated by Bell Atlantic Mobile -- to allow residents of domestic violence and traditional shelters to communicate with prospective employers and landlords, child- and health-care providers, and family members.


The city of Hialeah signed a contract with Motorola for a $6.4 million, 800MHz trunked radio system for police, fire and nine other city agencies.


The state is bringing government closer to citizens. A new Web site is making it easier to contact state legislators, follow the activity of the General Assembly and access state government programs and services.


The state Legislature proposed to exempt the state from claims based on the calculation or generation of an incorrect date by a state-owned or operated computer system.


The Department of Education released a study showing the state's four-year, $41.2 million investment in technology for public schools is paying off. The study recommends the state continue investing in the area of technology.


The Cook County Sheriff's Office is using a criminal apprehension and booking system from NEC Technologies. Through the live scanning of fingerprints and connections to AFIS and computerized criminal-history records, the system will ensure the most efficient management of criminal records upon booking and movement of subjects within the criminal-justice system.


The state became the 18th in the nation to join the Western Governors' University project. By joining the public/private consortium, Indiana officials expect to offer residents an increased variety of educational resources and electronic delivery methods.


The Information Technology Management Committee announced that legislation is being supported to amend 1997 legislation and allow $2 million -- which was originally dedicated to hardware -- to be used for any authorized year-2000 compliance activity.


The Department of Human Resources is working with Computer Communications Specialists to establish call centers for the automated telephone processing of initial unemployment insurance claims. The project is expected to improve customer service for both claimants and employers, and result in dramatic cost savings for the state.


The commonwealth's Transportation Cabinet is working with TRW to develop a traffic management system for the Louisville-Southern Indiana urbanized area -- one of the 50 most congested areas in the nation. ITS America News


The state Child Support Agency will be using International Public Access Technologies' secure data center to allow employers in the state to complete their new-hire reporting via the Internet.


The city of Portland is in an all-out effort to attract new technology companies. Through its "Webport" marketing initiative and Web site, the city features successful local businesses, information on industry events, and business costs for companies interested in relocating. PTI Prism


The state Procurement Office is working with a team made up of Computer Sciences Corp., Raytheon, GTE, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and ComuDyne's Quanta System subsidiary to provide classified build-to-print and systems integration support for a variety of Department of Defense programs.


The commonwealth Board of Library Commissioners awarded an electronic database contract to Information Access Company. IAC will supply InfoTrac SearchBank databases to public, academic and K-12 school libraries throughout the commonwealth.


Wayne County is working with ESRI on a robust enterprise GIS that will serve as a shared resource for spatial and attribute data. The ultimate goal for the county is to develop a regional GIS to serve as an economic development tool for the area.


The Department of Revenue is working with International Public Access Technologies to provide Internet filing of MinnesotaCare returns and electronic fund transfer processing. The Web site contains help and directions needed by hospitals and other health-care providers in order to complete and submit the form.


Rankin County is using a new Motorola 800MHz trunked radio system. The system will be used by eight county agencies, several cities and towns, and several state agencies. Dispatch Monthly


The state was recognized by SCT Government Systems for outstanding quality practices associated with the design and initial implementation of an integrated, statewide court system. SCT presented its Quality in Government award to representatives of the state's Office of State Courts Administrator at the annual users' conference.


The state licensed PeopleSoft Financial for Public Sector and HRMS for Public Sector. The state plans to become the first to simultaneously implement both financial and human-resources applications across its executive, judicial and legislative branches of government.


The state recently implemented a new social-services automation system called N-FOCUS. The system substantially streamlines the eligibility process for Medicaid and other public assistance programs, guiding caseworkers through eligibility interviews and ensuring that eligibility for appropriate benefits is identified.


Clark County is working with International Public Access Technologies and Bank of America on a project that would extend credit-card payment services to all government departments in the county. When completed, the system will allow the public to call in to make payments for services, fines, fees, taxes, licensing and more.

New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire is implementing ILINC's live instructor-led online degree program. The program allows students to receive audio lectures from instructors at the university over the Internet using LearnLinc I-Net 2.0. Using the program, students no longer have to be physically present at the school to complete a course.

New Jersey

The Department of Labor is working with Unisys and International Public Access Technologies on a remote initial-claims call center. The interactive voice response system will allow people to file for unemployment claims via the telephone.

New Mexico

Gov. Gary Johnson is up against the American Civil Liberties Union regarding a bill he signed making it a crime to send minors sexually explicit material over the Internet.

New York

The state is working with De La Rue Identity Systems on the production of new drivers' licenses. Using 200 PhotoEase photo-capture units -- a complete hardware/software solution for automating the "live" digital capture of photographs -- the state will be able to make licenses without operator intervention.

North Carolina

The state is bringing its State Information Processing Service into the 21st century with Scimitar virtual-tape technology. The new technology will deliver high-speed, high-efficiency administrative services to millions of taxpayers in 100 counties.

North Dakota

The state awarded Federal Engineering a second major contract to provide communications consulting and design services.
Federal Engineering will develop a public-safety, communications-systems concept design for the state to support the mobile voice, data and imaging requirements of a wide range of participants.


The Cleveland Division of Water is working with Datamatic for the implementation of an integrated automatic meter reading and field service system. Radio frequency-equipped handheld computers will automate the process of reading difficult to access meters, and wireless notebooks will streamline the division's process of collections and field investigations.


Oklahoma County is working with TRW to implement a E*Justice Systems product to address the county's criminal justice and jail management system requirements.


The Oregon Department of Administrative Services, Facilities Division; Department of Forestry; Department of Higher Education and other state agencies contracted with Invata International for automated maintenance-tracking software.


Gov. Tom Ridge and the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded PDS $55,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits for creating 55 new jobs and retaining 85 existing jobs. PDS received the award as part of the Pennsylvania's "21 Days of Technology" program to highlight the commonwealth as a world leader in technology and to recognize the importance of technology to the commonwealth's economy.

Rhode Island

The Department of Human Services established a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Labor and Training as part of an effort to foster interagency collaboration in welfare reform. The two agencies will share databases and information through the agreement.

South Carolina

The state's ETV program is slated to receive funds from the K-12 technology fund to complete the remaining Distance Education Learning Centers and continue implementing the digitization process.

South Dakota

The state is using a SmartSwitch communication infrastructure from Cabletron Systems to allow legislators, state employees and residents to seamlessly interact with each other via the Internet.


Memphis is working with Intergraph Public Safety to provide a fully integrated computer-aided dispatch system. The system will support 37 dispatch and 20 calltaker positions.


A matching grant between the National Institute of Justice and Raytheon Systems Company is providing law enforcement agencies in Dallas and outlying counties with more than 50 sophisticated NightSight infrared night-vision units for fighting crime after nightfall.


Gov. Mike Leavitt addressed the Vernal Chamber of Commerce, telling attendees that technology and, especially, the Internet are changing the way America does business. Leavitt is working with other states and Congress to establish a system that enables states to collect sales tax on Internet purchases.


The state is working with CTC Communications as its first switchless, competitive, local exchange carrier, providing telecommunications services for government and businesses in the state.


Arlington County is working with Vistronix to provide help-desk services and PC/LAN technical services to county employees.


Washington's Office of Financial Management recently wanted to deploy its new performance measure tracking system to all state agencies, not just those connected to its intranet. In response, the Department of Information Services, which operates the state intranet server, provided another server that would allow agencies without intranet access to reach the application via the Internet.

West Virginia

Marshall University was selected as the state's first Cisco Regional Networking Academy. Marshall will now work with county school systems and individual schools providing training for teachers who, in turn, will prepare their students to design, build and maintain networks for schools and businesses in the state.


The state was named Innovator of the Year for its management of information technology by Xplor International. The state's document management program has saved nearly $3 million to date with an anticipated, continued annual savings of $1.2 million.


Gov. Jim Geringer and Superintendent of Public Schools Judy Catchpole signed legislation approving funding for US West Enterprise Networking to design, construct and manage a multimillion-dollar, statewide, high-speed data network that will connect all public schools to the Internet and an education-focused, statewide intranet.

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