The city of Daphne is using new underground technologies that enable contractors to lay, rehabilitate and upgrade pipe and cable without digging open trenches, which saves construction, labor and restoration costs. Innovation Groups.


The state Telecommunications Information Council has established Microsoft Office 4.2 as the minimum mandatory software standard for all executive branch departments in the state.


The city of Yuma awarded a contract to E.F. Johnson Co. for an 800 MHz trunked radio system, which will link the city's public-safety agencies. The system is the first phase of a plan to improve radio communications, build a new communications center and eventually link other city departments to the radio system. Dispatch Monthly.


The Department of Human Services' "ConnectCare" program was selected as a "Top Ten" Innovation in American Government for 1997. The department will receive a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation for its program, which uses technology to improve services to Medicaid recipients.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has implemented a FileNet enterprise document management solution. The new system provides employees and member agencies immediate access to millions of documents.


The city of Loveland is using a new system from HTE Inc. that combines document imaging with HTE software applications. The system allows cities to scan, store and organize hard-copy documents in an easy-to-access electronic format.


The town of Stonington plans to improve data sharing between departments by using GIS to manage geographically-related information and data. Arc News.


New Castle County contracted with Hansen Information Technologies for software that will manage permits, inspections and customer service.


Seminole County contracted with HTE Inc. for a new outsourcing service that will enable the county to turn over the management of their computer-related functions to HTE.


Clayton County installed a Motorola Centralink system to help integrate its telephone and radio systems. Emergency dispatchers can now use one handset to handle any communication they receive. Dispatch Monthly.


Kealakehe High School, one of two new Hawaiian schools, is serving as a high-tech model school. Each classroom has at least five multimedia computers, laser printers, color printers and scanners. Every classroom is also wired for high-speed local- and wide-area networking, and all faculty, administrators, teachers and students have e-mail addresses.


The Idaho Personnel Commission now has its own Web page at . State job announcements are listed on the site.


The Criminal Justice Information Authority and the University of Illinois at Chicago recently completed a collaborative project designed to help the criminal justice community use the Internet. The project involved working with the Illinois Attorney General's Office to make opinions, press releases and other information available to the public via the Web. The Compiler.


The city of Indianapolis compiled GIS data for use in Ids Digital Map Publishing's Digital Map Data CD-ROM, which gives businesses true desktop access to geographic information.


Cedar Rapids purchased a Motorola ASTRO two-way radio communications system that will be used by the city's police and fire departments. The $4.4 million system uses the latest digital technology to provide personnel with new, sophisticated communications features.


The city of Olathe is using PlanGraphics Inc. to perform data integration, database design and other GIS implementation activities.


Gov. Paul E. Patton is leading an effort to make state government more efficient and effective by using the latest technology. Called EMPOWER Kentucky, the effort is intended to fundamentally change the way Kentucky does business by reducing costs, increasing revenues and improving services. Now in the planning stages, the project will focus on specific implementations of technology