National Technology Snapshot

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

by / October 31, 1997 0
The state announced that the next annual Alabama Educational Technology Conference will be held July 8-10, 1998. The goal of the conference is to expedite the implementation of technology across the curriculum.

The Department of Natural Resources recently converted more than 350 computer programs to make them year-2000 compliant.

The city of Mesa selected International Public Safety to provide a fully integrated computer-aided dispatch system. The system will include mobile computer and automatic vehicle location software, which will facilitate the response to 9-1-1 calls and management of resulting data.

Rogers City Water Utilities is using Hansen's Version 7 for Sewer to create a vast database and to track work orders electronically.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors awarded a $1.6 million contract to Printrak International Inc. for realtime fingerprint identification technology that will be integrated into the county's Criminal Justice Information Center.

The state became the fifth to offer the PrePass commercial weigh station-bypass service. Fourteen sites will be equipped to reduce commercial vehicle congestion at the state's weigh stations.

The Department of Environmental Protection launched a new Web site.

The state selected PeopleSoft HRMS for Public Sector to manage payroll for it's 32,000 employees.

The Sebastian Police Department received 15 PCMobile units from XL Computing Corp. The units will initially be used as portable laptops, but the department plans to have them installed in their patrol cars later this year.

Atlanta launched Operation Heli-STAR, a GPS-based system that allows expanded helicopter use for transporting passengers and high-value cargo in cities where clogged highways create long delays.

The University of Hawaii is using iXpress Web-enabling software to help meet the campus' increasing demand for administrative data. Software AG Briefings.

The state's Board of Nursing awarded a contract to International Public Access Technologies to provide an interactive voice-response system. The system will give callers the ability to check the status of an individual's professional license.

The State Police is upgrading their Automated Fingerprint Identification System to NEC's AFIS21, a fully automated AFIS workflow process that executes fingerprint matching and registration.

Tippecanoe County hired Woolpert to provide comprehensive GIS development services.

Burlington is now the first city in Iowa to use document imaging to manage its municipal records. Personnel in city hall use LaserFiche to convert city records into electronic documents that are stored on CD-ROM disks.

As part of the state's effort to develop a criminal justice information system, the Department of Corrections recently created a standard method for electronically exchanging information between agencies.

The state became the first in the nation to implement an automated system that notifies victims when their attackers are released from jail. The system, called Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE), will notify victims via phone.

The Department of Transportation launched a Construction Zone Web site. The site lists major construction projects on interstate routes that may affect traffic.

The state deployed a new decision support system using Expersoft's COBRAplus Object Oriented Request Broker product. The system is designed to improve overall service to Maine's Medicaid recipients and reduce program costs by $7 million over the next three years.

Montgomery County won the 1997 National Association of Counties Achievement Award for the Police Redistricting/Beat Realignment System, designed and implemented by Digital Equipment Corp.

The Information Technology Division Legal Department is sponsoring a mock trial based on a dispute over a digitally signed communication. The event will occur over the Internet. The purpose of the exercise is to explore legal ramifications of deploying digital signature technology as a business tool.

Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer announced the implementation of the Detroit Resource Management System, a software package that replaces the city's current financial and human resources systems. The system is expected to make city government more efficient and more responsive to its customers.

The state is testing and evaluating the effectiveness of using ITS technology in rural Minnesota to create a single, coordinated communications center for the Department of Transportation, Minnesota State Patrol, Arrowhead Transit and the city of Virginia Dial-A-Ride. Minnesota Guidestar.

The state Department of Information Technology Services contracted with Viasoft to conduct a mainframe-assessment study related to the year 2000 problem. FSI State & Local.

The state Office of Court Automation contracted with SCT for case management software for its Statewide Automated Court System, called Electronic Courts 2004. FSI State & Local.

Yellowstone County commissioners say they won't pay for a big jump in the state's charge for a computer system that streamlines eligibility and reporting for welfare and other state functions. County News.

The state's UCC Division and DATASTOR Inc. installed OTG Software's Report Distribution System for electronic dispersal of loan account information. The software enables banks to access loan information electronically from CD-ROMs distributed by the state.

The Clark County GIS Management Office was awarded the Excellence Award at AM/FM International's Annual Conference for developing a flexible, multidisciplinary GIS to help them deal with growth, land use and facilities management. ESRI ARC News.

New Hampshire
The Department of Environmental Services has a new Web site. The site promotes the state's Household Hazardous Waste Program.

New Jersey
Gov. Christine Whitman signed legislation that will provide $55 million in grants to train college and university students in technology, and allow those institutions to upgrade their own information technology and connectivity.

New Mexico
State CIO James Hall announced a newly formed Network Committee to work on year 2000 issues. The purpose of the committee is to put in motion those functions that will lead to a consolidated statewide data network.

New York
The state Power Authority contracted with Weston to implement computer programs that will help make state schools, hospitals and government office buildings more energy-efficient and the state's air cleaner.

North Carolina
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will arm 1,200 officers with laptop computers running Cerulean's PacketCluster Patrol software. The software will provide on-the-spot information about potentially dangerous suspects.

North Dakota
The cities of Grand Forks and Larimore are using Transmap Corp.'s On-Sight mobile mapping vehicle to assess damage to pavement and roadway infrastructure following floods that occurred last April.

The Public Utilities Commission contracted with Sprint to provide telecommunications relay services for the state's deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled consumers.

Gov. Frank Keating announced Oklahoma will participate in the Western Governors' University, an Internet-based educational program. WGU News.

The state Contractors and Landscaper Board awarded a contract to International Public Access Technologies for an interactive voice-response system.

Altoona firefighters are using the Operation Respond Emergency Information System to determine the cargo on a railroad or motor carrier within minutes of an accident.

Rhode Island
General Treasurer Nancy Mayer made state financial information easier to obtain by placing a dozen major public-policy reports issued by her office on the Treasury Department's Internet home page.

South Carolina
The South Carolina Department of Transportation contracted with Lockheed Martin IMS to develop, install and operate a toll-collection system featuring automatic vehicle identifications on the Cross Island Parkway.

South Dakota
Rapid City Chief of Police Thomas Hennies was warned by U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real that his department would be "disconnected" from NCIC and the Interstate Identification Index because of "misuse" of the system. Hennies reportedly used the system to conduct background checks on people applying to work for companies in which contact with children would be involved. Dispatch Monthly.

The Blount County Sheriff's Department is using Cerulean Technology's PacketCluster Patrol software to support mobile law-enforcement data.

Houston is using a new system for building-permit information. The service, developed by TeleBuild L.C., allows contractors, architects and engineers to communicate with the city building departments via the Internet.

The Layton Police Department equipped 37 police vehicles with Software Corp. of America's Premier MDT. The software seamlessly integrates AT&T Wireless Services' Cellular Digital Packet Data technology to provide officers with access to critical information about dangerous suspects.

The state added State House Locator Maps to their Web page. The service allows visitors to find their way around the State House electronically.

The state held a groundbreaking ceremony for Smart Road, a limited-access highway that will serve as a research lab for testing new technologies. ITS America News.

The Municipal Court of Seattle became one of the first courts in the country to offer an online Internet payment method for paying traffic and parking tickets and criminal fines and fees.

West Virginia
Gov. Cecil Underwood signed legislation to establish the state's first chief technology officer. Dr. Samuel Tully was named to the post.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice contracted with North American Morpho Systems to provide a cardscan image-processing system. The contract is valued at $1.7 million. FSI State & Local.

Gov. Jim Geringer addressed America Online Chairman and CEO Steve Case in a letter requesting the company review its policy on the promotion of violence through its Internet services. At issue is a Web page sponsored by AOL that graphically promotes a serial-killer kit designed by Keith Hunter Jesperson, a serial killer who has admitted to killing eight women -- one of whom was killed in Laramie County.

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