National Technology Snapshot

A 50-state roundup of information technology news and events.

by / August 31, 1997
The state Real Estate Commission is now online at .

The state is sponsoring a new Web site designed to provide residents with health care information. The site is at .

Court reporters in the federal trial of Gov. Fife Symington are using realtime court reporting to instantly translate their digital stenographic notes into English text. The realtime system is part of the state's advanced computer-integrated courtroom.

The Department of Information Services released an RFP for an impact assessment of year 2000 problems within the state.

The Metro Water District of Southern California in Sacramento awarded a contract to Pacer Infotec Inc. to create a series of hypsography layer digital line graphs for a water study.

El Paso County awarded a contract to International Public Access Technologies to provide an interactive voice response system for local government agencies.

The Department of Transportation purchased four DXC-9000 cameras from Sony Electronics for use in photolog research and operations activities. The cameras will be part of a system that captures a "driver's-eye" record of the state's 7,000 miles of roadways for efficient maintenance, measurement and administration.

The Division of Revenue is using an imaging system along with a Business System Master Plan from Software AG to increase its enforced revenue collection from $15 million to $27 million in four years. Software AG Briefings.

The Department of Labor and Employment Security implemented multiple Periphonics Interactive Voice Response systems throughout the state.

The Department of Labor reported there are now more than 1,200 technology-related firms operating in the state. It predicts technology-related employment will jump by 30 percent by the year 2005.

Gov. Ben Cayetano announced a public-private partnership between the University of Hawaii and Buzzeo Inc. that will give the university a systemwide student information system and a Sun-Java technology center.

The Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe is under fire from state attorneys general, who are seeking to shut down the tribe's Internet gambling site . The state claims the site violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, which allows gambling to take place only on Indian lands. The tribe maintains that the client/server system's intelligence resides on the tribe's server and therefore gambling transactions do occur on the tribe's land.

Residents of Des Plaines can now file requests to have the city tend to various neighborhood maintenance problems via an Internet service called Our Town 2000. The city is believed to be the first in the country where people can access public works services via the Internet. Chicago Tribune.

Indianapolis is using Complete Street software from CitiTech Systems to help cut pothole repair costs.

The Hawkeye Community College computer lab received donations from Eagle Point Software, Rockwell Collins and John Deere & Co. The lab will serve the needs of students in programs like agriculture, drafting and engineering technology.

Gov. Bill Graves hosted the Midwestern Governors' Conference in June, where 12 Midwestern governors discussed telecommunications and energy.

Mayors from eight cities are discussing building a telecommunications network that would invite competition to TKR Cable and Cincinnati Bell, the current telecom providers. Using fiber-optic technology, the cities say the new system could provide services faster and with better quality.

The state Land Office launched a Web page at .

The state issued an RFP for a New England Child Support Enforcement System that would replace their current system.

The state selected Lockheed Martin IMS to develop a "
New Hire Registry" that will serve as a central repository for information on new employees hired within the state. The new system is designed to strengthen child support enforcement and guard against unemployment insurance and public assistance fraud.

The commonwealth contracted with Wang Laboratories for a multi-vendor service unit that will integrate seven different e-mail systems within state government.

Police are using a new system, called the Automated Uniform Law Citation, to computerize the issuance of speeding citations and transfer them from point of origin to the state police computers, and then on to the District Court.

The state received a proposal from E.F. Johnson Co. and Motorola's Land Mobile Products Sector for a new region-wide, digital, trunked 800MHz public-safety radio system for the Twin Cities metro area.

Mississippi became the 12th state to join Heavy Vehicle Electronic License Plate Inc. (HELP) and will become the first southern state to offer HELP's PrePass weigh station bypass service.

The state received a recognition award from NASIRE for their PC Prime Vendor Contract, which allows agencies to leverage the state's buying power to obtain the best prices for computers and other products.

The Montana Educational Telecommunications NETwork Interactive Video System is providing two-way interactive videoconference services to all agencies of Montana state government.

Gov. Ben Nelson told those attending the Governor's Conference on Information Technology they should follow Lt. Gov. Kim Robak's recommendations to coordinate technological support, funding, information sharing, training and research and development in the state.

The Department of Transportation selected PlanGraphics Inc. to provide strategic planning services relating to the implementation of a geographic information system.

New Hampshire
The state Employment Security Office is testing videoconferencing as a new way to conduct employer/employee unemployment compensation appeal hearings.

New Jersey
Police in Raritan Township are using Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's AirBridge Cellular Digital Packet Data service to access information from the Department of Motor Vehicles, municipal court listings, and state and federal criminal records from their cars when they pull someone over.

New Mexico
The Workers' Compensation Administration is now online at .

New York
New York City's Department of Environmental Protection is working with PlanGraphics Inc. to develop a large-scale base map for the city.

North Carolina
The state Bureau of Investigation awarded Printrak International Inc. a $2.6 million contract to upgrade its automated fingerprint identification system to uninterrupted, seven-day-per-week operation.

North Dakota
Gov. Ed Schafer praised the 55th session of the North Dakota Legislature for producing some positive results for the people of the state, including legislation to provide more oversight and planning for the state's technology investments.

The Department of Administrative Services awarded a contract to Intermec Corp. to supply a broad range of information technology and data collection products and services to the state.

Gov. Frank Keating announced Oklahoma's acceptance as a member of the Western Governors' University -- an independent corporation that allows electronic access to a broad range of post-secondary educational opportunities.

Gov. John Kitzhaber met with students, teachers, business executives and school officials involved with a new public-private program called StRUT that lets businesses donate used computers and other high-tech equipment to schools.

The Philadelphia Police Department is using laptops containing Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's AirBridge Cellular Digital Packet Data service to provide officers on the street with instant wireless access to the information they need to make critical safety-related decisions.

Rhode Island
The New England Electric System has selected PlanGraphics Inc. to assist in specifying and procuring
an automated mapping/facilities management/geographic information system.

South Carolina
Gov. David M. Beasley attended the first meeting of the South Carolina Technology Advisory Council in June. Beasley appointed the council to strengthen South Carolina's position as a state where high technology can locate and grow.

South Dakota
The South Dakota Library Network is offering citizens access to a statewide online card catalog which lists the collections of 45 full-time member libraries.

The Metro Nashville-Davidson County Police Department is using software from Software Corporation of America and GTE's Wireless Packet Data network to provide 100 detectives and field officers fast access to information about dangerous suspects and stolen vehicles.

The Parks and Wildlife Department and the Natural Resource Conservation Commission selected Oracle as the basis for information system redesigns that will enable both agencies to become more efficient and better manage fiscal resources.

Students in Mapleton City were outfitted with GPS receivers as part of an effort to help the Utah County Assessor collect positional data for a citywide computerized GIS. ARC News.

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he is talking with Internet companies about how to protect kids in the state from pornography on the Internet. "We can get a great deal of software that can help parents keep out sites they don't want children to see," he said.

Citizens in Arlington County can find information about commuting on buses, trains and automobiles on the Commuter Page at the city's Web site: . County News.

The city of Seattle contracted with Intermec Corp. to supply pen-based, hand-held computers for a variety of mobile computing applications.

West Virginia
Gov. Cecil Underwood was elected chairman of the Southern Technology Council. The Council's mission is to strengthen the Southern economy through the creation, transfer and application of technology.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is installing ATM lines that will allow the transfer of inmate images between institutions and police agencies.

Gov. Jim Geringer vetoed the "educational equity revenue program" in June, pending some work with the legislature to resolve several issues, including technology investments and applications.

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