National Technology Snapshot

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

by / February 28, 1997
The Department of Public Safety contracted with Bull Information Systems to implement a new digitized drivers license system. The contract is worth an estimated $4 million dollars. Federal Sources Inc.

The Universal Service Joint Board of the Federal Communications Commission recommended schools and libraries in Alaska receive up to 90 percent discounts on telecommunications products.

Arizona plans to automate its EMPOWER welfare program. A presentation of the Executive Branch proposals to streamline the program were made in December.

Seventy-seven percent of all Arkansas schools are now connected to the Arkansas Public School Computer Network. By July 1998, 100 percent of school sites will be connected.

The Anaheim Police Department selected Printrak International Inc. to supply an automated fingerprint identification system. The new system will notify officers within three minutes if a suspect in custody has been previously booked.

The Denver Fire Department installed VisiCAD, a computer dispatch system for fire and emergency medical services. VisiCAD identifies the exact location of every emergency vehicle to reduce response time.

Internet access could soon be available to Hartford citizens if the Federal Communications Commission approves a filed request by CAI Wireless Systems. CAI is requesting authority to market a variety of interactive services, including high-speed Internet and intranet access, home banking and voice and data transmission in the city. Newsbytes.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is automating the system to notify victims when prisoners are released or have escaped from a DOC institution. The new system will meet the legal requirement for notifying victims quickly ? especially during the crisis situation surrounding an escape.

The Department of City Utilities in Jacksonville selected PlanGraphics Inc. to develop a water and wastewater geographic information system.