National Technology Snapshot

National Technology Snapshot

by / January 31, 1998

The Dept. of Finance, Division of Purchasing, established a Web page at , which includes purchasing contracts available for use by local boards of education.


The state library and the Dept. of Education arranged a statewide downlink of "The E-Rate: Universal Service Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries." Participants from schools, libraries and vendors interacted with experts on the latest information on Universal Service regulation via phone, fax and e-mail.


The U.S. Dept. of Transportation selected northern Arizona as one of only two rural areas in the nation that will receive funds to help demonstrate how advanced computer technology can benefit travel in rural areas.


The Arkansas Highway Commission is installing PrePass, a system that electronically verifies a truck's state-required credentials, which allows them to bypass inspection facilities.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. is using facial recognition software developed by Viisage Technology and ImageWare Software Inc. to produce electronic lineups for crime witnesses.


The state implemented the Bid Information and Distribution System, which opens bidding information to any business interested in selling goods and services to state agencies.


The state is making it tougher for individuals to collect welfare benefits in multiple states by using biometric technology that cross-matches finger image files with similar data in New Jersey. Plans to share data with New York are also under way.


The Dept. of Education received 10 Omnibook laptop computers and five Deskjet printers from Hewlett-Packard. The equipment will be used in their Science Education-In-Motion Van project.


Palm Beach County is working with PlanGraphics Inc. to develop a data model to support the Palm Beach County GIS/LIS implementation. The project focuses on building an enterprise-wide common data model that will support the GIS needs of 15 county agencies.


The Office of Planning and Budget launched a new Web site at .


Liliuokalani Elementary School students held a videoconference with Hawaii U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie. The students used the occasion to test a new, low-cost desktop videoconferencing technology.


Ben Plehal, a senior at Cascade High School, was named a winner in the 1997 Student Technology Leaders Competition for his work in helping his town use technology to access resources and share information around the world.


McClean County is implementing an Integrated Justice Information System developed by BDM International Inc. When completed, the system will save $1.2 million annually, according to county estimates.


The Dept. of Health awarded a $3.5 million contract to Wang Government Services to provide an automated food delivery payment and management information system for the Indiana WIC program.


The Governor's Commission on Educational Excellence for the 21st Century recently presented a report to Gov. Terry Branstad that recommends the use of technology and new teaching methods to best prepare the state's children for rewarding careers.


Sedgwick County won an honorable mention in Public Technology Inc.'s 1997 Solutions/Technology Achievement Awards competition for a client and case management computer system they built for only $423,000.


The state was recognized by the National Association of State Information Resource Executives for their Worker's Information System -- a statewide client/server application that automates social services program areas.


The Lafayette Utility System is utilizing a new ArcView GIS-based facility/work management system called Pipeworks, which manages work orders, work histories, inspections, customer inquiries and other data. ESRI ARC News.


The state Dept. of Public Safety launched a new Web site at .


The Dept. of Transportation is using ManTech Design and Development Corp. to design and install a new distributed client/server application to meet their capital forecasting needs. The system is expected to improve the agency's management of ongoing road and bridge projects.


Boston won an honorable mention in Public Technology Inc.'s 1997 Solutions/Technology Achievement Awards competition for creating TechCtr@Boston -- a building that brings together companies utilizing the Internet, multimedia, architecture, real estate management and venture capital to share resources and ideas.


The Dept. of Management and Budget is standardizing desktop computers for state employees as part of a plan that will allow the state to reduce hardware costs, improve delivery times and ensure that state employees' computers are either fixed or replaced within 24 hours of a service call.


The Dept. of Children, Families and Learning is working with Olsen, Theilen & Co. to conduct training sessions designed to help schools apply for E-rate discounts. The training sessions will also be available via videoconferencing to outlying areas.


The Dept. of Corrections is using an Information Management system from Minolta Information Systems that manages accounting records and inmate records. The system includes a workflow capability, which permits the intelligent routing of documents for automated review and action.


The state Highway Patrol is working with MTW Consulting on a Y2K solution that will move all mainframe applications to a model-based and platform independent new technology.


The state licensed PeopleSoft Financials for Public Sector and HRMS for Public Sector as part of a project called MT PRRIME. The goal is to provide most of the state's field offices with improved access to financial and human resources information, centralize data and streamline business processes.


The state is implementing International Public Access Technologies' datacenter-based Personal Income Tax Telefile solution, which will allow for paperless tax return processing via the telephone, Internet and remote PC.


The Las Vegas Fire Dept. is using ARC/INFO GIS software to track previous fires and plan for future fire prevention strategies in the rapidly-growing city. ESRI ARC News.

New Hampshire

The NH WORKS Job and Information Centers are now accessible through the state's Employment Security Web site. The public can use the Web to link to employment-related sites at .

New Jersey

The town of Sparta is working with Sanborn Map Co. in a project that will involve aerial photography, planimetric mapping, digital orthophotography and digital tax parcel mapping. The project will allow Sparta instant access to data via desktop computers.

New Mexico

The state's Information Technology Office recently sponsored two workshops on the Y2K issue, system conversion and testing processes.

New York

The Dept. of Correctional Services purchased 45 DKC-ID1 digital cameras to use for documentation of mug shots and inmate and employee identification cards.

North Carolina

The Division of Social Services utilized the Agency for Public Telecommunications' State Services Network to produce a statewide teleconference via satellite to answer questions about welfare reform and its effect on the state, reaching dozens of county officials at multiple locations. APT Connections.

North Dakota

Grand Forks is using civil engineering and GIS software from Intergraph Software Solutions to aid in the continuing reconstruction of the infrastructure destroyed by flood waters.


Akron is implementing a mobile wireless data solution from Motorola for the city's police, fire and EMS operations.


Oklahoma City won an award in Public Technology Inc.'s 1997 Solutions/Technology Achievement Awards competition for moving its accounting services division completely online. Weekly reports of city and trust funds are now done on CD-ROM. The division electronically reconciles its payroll with city budgets and electronically produces their comprehensive annual report.


The Dept. of Consumer and Business Services Internet Project won a recognition award from the National Association of State Information Resource Executives. The project allows consumers, workers, and businesses to search databases, obtain decision support capabilities, submit forms, order publications, renew licenses, etc.


The Dept. of Environmental Protection has expanded its Web site to include a feature that allows anyone to go along with DEP staff to inspect a landfill, a resource recovery facility or a surface coal mine. The site can be found at .

Rhode Island

The Police Dept. was awarded a $392,000 federal grant, which will enable the expansion of its community policing program. Some of the money will be used to buy an automated fingerprinting system.

South Carolina

The Dept. of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and the Governor's Office kicked off a new Web site at> to complement a new campaign to fight drug abuse.

South Dakota

Gov. William J. Janklow approved $2.3 million for the state's Wiring the Schools project. The money will help nine crews working six days a week to finish wiring all of the state's schools within the next 18 months.


The Nashville city council approved a $1 billion operating budget that includes the addition of four public safety dispatchers and an 800MHz trunked radio system to help fight crime.


The Dept. of Protective and Regulatory Services launched a Internet-accessible searchable database containing all the licensed and registered childcare facilities in the state. Texas parents will be able to search the database for state-regulated childcare in their neighborhood.


Gov. Mike Leavitt issued the state's first digital signature certificate during a November ceremony. Leavitt then officially authorized Digital Signature Trust Company as the first digital signature Certification Authority licensed by the Dept. of Commerce to do business in Utah.


In December, state legislators took a first look at a new plan for funding and governing technical education by the Dept. of Education. The proposal outlines state management of technical education, including teachers' salaries and benefits, facilities and program standards.


The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships presented the commonwealth with its 1997 Public-Private Partnership award, citing the success of the state's Hampton and Chesapeake child support enforcement offices operated by Lockheed Martin IMS.


Clark County completed implementation of its $13.3 million Motorola 800MHz trunked radio system, which links the sheriff, fire department and emergency medical agencies with voice and data. Dispatch Monthly.

West Virginia

Gov. Cecil H. Underwood and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Samuel Tully signed a memorandum of understanding that encourages the transfer of technology between an Idaho research center and a West Virginia manufacturing consortium.


Gov. Tommy G. Thompson announced that the state's Enterprise Document Automation project, a program designed to improve the efficiency of information technology operations, was selected by Xplor International to receive its "Innovator of the Year" award.


Survey data collected by Market Data Retrieval on 55,000 public schools nationwide found that Alaska has one of the highest numbers of "high-tech schools." High-tech schools have Internet access, a computer network system, and a better-than-average ratio of students to computers. Edupage News Service.

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