Past Issues of Government Technology

National Technology Snapshot

A 50-state roundup of information technology

by / September 30, 1996 0
Alabama
The Calhoun County Commission contracted with Motorola for a two-way radio system that will serve as a backbone for alert and notification systems.

Alaska
The Department of Labor streamlined unemployment insurance claims processing by allowing claimants to file via Touch-Tone telephone.

Arizona
The Department of Economic Security contracted with Pitney Bowes Inc. to develop a mail and distribution center for Arizona.

Arkansas
Arkansas implemented Octel voice processing to manage its day care voucher system. Child care providers can now call a special access number to file for payment.

California
Attendees at the Republican National Convention in San Diego used wireless telephones -- from Pacific Bell Mobile Services -- and a smart card programmed with phone numbers to popular restaurants, night spots and sightseeing attractions. Newsbytes.

Colorado
Colorado State University contracted with Colorado Supernet for statewide Internet connection services to all state universities and agencies. Federal Sources Inc.

Connecticut
To support Connecticut's initiative to connect schools and libraries to the Internet, SmartNet donated one Internet access account for each participant of ConneCT '96.

Delaware
The Office of Information Systems selected Security Dynamics' SecurID access control system to protect its computer networks. Users can access multiple sites with a smart card and one-step logon procedure.

Florida
Florida received over $14 million as part of the U.S. Department of Education's Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Funds are supporting 14 school projects to improve technology and communications courses.

Georgia
Atlanta completed the Traveler Information Showcase, highlighting advances in intelligent transportation systems. The program was implemented by Battelle.

Hawaii
To help students learn more about weather conditions, BHP Hawaii donated an Automated Weather Source station to Barbers Point Elementary School.

Idaho
The Department of Labor presented "Idaho Works" -- a computerized training initiative -- and a new Career Center to be completed in 1997.

Illinois
The city of Evanston selected UGC to provide quality control services for Evanston GIS. Evanston automated its infrastructure to provide public access to map and geographic record information.

Indiana
Kosciusko County awarded additional contracts to PlanGraphics to help the county procure GIS hardware, software and data conversion services.

Iowa
Washington County selected The Sidwell Company to convert the county's tax maps to a countywide GIS and develop software interfaces with the county's tax cycle system.

Kansas
The Division of Purchases selected DecisionOne to service computer equipment in 140 agencies. The agreement is also available to any city, county or unified school district in Kansas that maintains the type of equipment covered in the contract.

Kentucky
The Kentucky Education Technology System received an award from the National Association of State Information Resource Executives for outstanding achievement in information technology. NASIRE Exchange.

Louisiana
The Louisiana Geographic Information Systems Council promotes GIS use and development. More information is available on their home page at .

Maine
The Bureau of Information Services reorganized three major service divisions: network services now includes telephone, voice mail, electronic mail and network connections. NASIRE Exchange.

Maryland
Gov. Parris N. Glendening joined parents, students and community volunteers at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Prince Georges County for a hands-on demonstration of Maryland's Net Weekend.

Massachusetts
The Department of Revenue received a 1996 Outstanding Program Award from the National Association of State Directors and Administrators for its use of Telefile. The department has saved $200,000 since allowing taxpayers to file income taxes by telephone.

Michigan
"Michnet" provided an Internet gateway to schools across the state to allow dial-in access to the new Media Union at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Minnesota
The Department of Public Service awarded a contract to Communications Services for the Deaf and Sprint for telecommunications relay services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired consumers.

Mississippi
The Gaming Commission implemented Identix Inc.'s TouchPrint 600 live-scan fingerprinting and support systems to screen candidates for employment on 30 floating casinos along the Mississippi River. Newsbytes.

Missouri
Missouri consolidated five of its data centers into two adjacent sites. The first phase will be completed in November and a new facility will be built within three years. NASIRE Exchange.

Montana
Montana Job Service allows job-seekers to select an occupational category and geographic location. The Internet Self- Directed Job Search is updated daily on their home page at .

Nebraska
The Child Support Enforcement Association sponsored a golf tournament in Omaha to equip the Sienna-Francis House, a shelter for battered women and children, with educational computer equipment.

Nevada
Clark County designed a new government center with cabling that supports high-speed 100Mb communications used for imaging, videoconferencing and digital telephones. NASIRE Exchange.

New Hampshire
Students from New Hampshire discussed the impact of the media's coverage of the Republican National Convention on Continental Cablevision's Web site at . Newsbytes.

New Jersey
The Port Authority selected Lockheed Martin IMS to design, develop and install electronic toll systems on six bridges and tunnels that connect New Jersey and New York.

New Mexico
Edward B. Altman was named the interim chief information officer for the state of New Mexico. NASIRE Exchange.

New York
New York City launched CityAccess, a network of touchscreens from Golden Screens America Inc. Citizens can now access information to various city departments and agencies 24 hours a day, free of charge.

North Carolina
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts recently completed a data center technology upgrade to an EMC Symmetrix 5500 that includes data storage for the Criminal and Infraction Systems, automated judicial forms, and the Highway Patrol Support Enforcement System.

North Dakota
The Child Support Enforcement Program plans to provide a centralized, statewide collection and disbursement system for child support.

Ohio
Hamilton County selected Permits Plus from Sierra Computer Systems Inc. to help with permit and licensing issuances.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma contracted with Lockheed Martin IMS to develop an electronic food stamp distribution system that uses a plastic debit card and a personal identification number.

Oregon
Gov. John Kitzhaber unveiled goals developed by six committees to improve Oregon's transportation system, including the use of intelligent transportation systems to manage increasing traffic congestion. The governor plans to have legislation for the new system by the 1997 Oregon Legislature.

Pennsylvania
The Pittsburgh Police Department installed a voice-recognition system that allows officers to retrieve information from national crime databases by voice.

Rhode Island
A new Technology Task Force was created to develop a plan to provide computer systems and networks for the state and its university systems.

South Carolina
Richland School District Two will hold a Technology Open House on Oct. 12 as part of SCINET Day '96, a state initiative to provide technology and information resources to K-12 schools.

South Dakota
Dakota State University is offering courses through the Internet for the fall '96 and spring '97 semesters. Tuition and a list of courses are available by e-mail at < dsuinfo@columbia.dsu.edu >.

Tennessee
The County Law Department canceled its contract with Perceptics Corp. for an Automated Criminal Justice Management System. The contract was canceled when Perceptics refused to run a systemwide test prior to operation. Department officials felt that running the system would increase the risk of liability in the jails. The Knoxville News Sentinel.
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Minnesota
The Department of Public Service awarded a contract to Communications Services for the Deaf and Sprint for telecommunications relay services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired consumers.

Mississippi
The Gaming Commission implemented Identix Inc.'s TouchPrint 600 live-scan fingerprinting and support systems to screen candidates for employment on 30 floating casinos along the Mississippi River. Newsbytes.

Missouri
Missouri consolidated five of its data centers into two adjacent sites. The first phase will be completed in November and a new facility will be built within three years. NASIRE Exchange.

Montana
Montana Job Service allows job-seekers to select an occupational category and geographic location. The Internet Self- Directed Job Search is updated daily on their home page at .

Nebraska
The Child Support Enforcement Association sponsored a golf tournament in Omaha to equip the Sienna-Francis House, a shelter for battered women and children, with educational computer equipment.

Nevada
Clark County designed a new government center with cabling that supports high-speed 100Mb communications used for imaging, videoconferencing and digital telephones. NASIRE Exchange.

New Hampshire
Students from New Hampshire discussed the impact of the media's coverage of the Republican National Convention on Continental Cablevision's Web site at . Newsbytes.

New Jersey
The Port Authority selected Lockheed Martin IMS to design, develop and install electronic toll systems on six bridges and tunnels that connect New Jersey and New York.

New Mexico
Edward B. Altman was named the interim chief information officer for the state of New Mexico. NASIRE Exchange.

New York
New York City launched CityAccess, a network of touchscreens from Golden Screens America Inc. Citizens can now access information to various city departments and agencies 24 hours a day, free of charge.

North Carolina
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts recently completed a data center technology upgrade to an EMC Symmetrix 5500 that includes data storage for the Criminal and Infraction Systems, automated judicial forms, and the Highway Patrol Support Enforcement System.

North Dakota
The Child Support Enforcement Program plans to provide a centralized, statewide collection and disbursement system for child support.

Ohio
Hamilton County selected Permits Plus from Sierra Computer Systems Inc. to help with permit and licensing issuances.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma contracted with Lockheed Martin IMS to develop an electronic food stamp distribution system that uses a plastic debit card and a personal identification number.

Oregon
Gov. John Kitzhaber unveiled goals developed by six committees to improve Oregon's transportation system, including the use of intelligent transportation systems to manage increasing traffic congestion. The governor plans to have legislation for the new system by the 1997 Oregon Legislature.

Pennsylvania
The Pittsburgh Police Department installed a voice-recognition system that allows officers to retrieve information from national crime databases by voice.

Rhode Island
A new Technology Task Force was created to develop a plan to provide computer systems and networks for the state and its university systems.

South Carolina
Richland School District Two will hold a Technology Open House on Oct. 12 as part of SCINET Day '96, a state initiative to provide technology and information resources to K-12 schools.

South Dakota
Dakota State University is offering courses through the Internet for the fall '96 and spring '97 semesters. Tuition and a list of courses are available by e-mail at < dsuinfo@columbia.dsu.edu >.

Tennessee
The County Law Department canceled its contract with Perceptics Corp. for an Automated Criminal Justice Management System. The contract was canceled when Perceptics refused to run a systemwide test prior to operation. Department officials felt that running the system would increase the risk of liability in the jails. The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Texas
The Tarrant County Sheriff's Department unveiled FUGINET, a new computer system implemented by Productivity Center Inc. that lets law enforcement officials search for criminals using a database of suspects, previously convicted parolees and known sex offenders.

Utah
The state Information Technology Services Office contracted with US WEST Communications to provide high-speed telecommunications to state employees to enable telecommuting. The Salt Lake Tribune.

Vermont
Vermont College of Norwich University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to start a new college degree program that combines mentor-based instruction with distance learning. Northfield News.

Virginia
Virginia unveiled Access Virginia, a high-speed multimedia network linking educational institutions, state and local agencies and the public. With fiber-optic cabling from Sprint, the network is capable of transmitting two-way integrated voice, data and video images.

Washington
The University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering received a grant from the Washington Technology Center (WTC) to support "An Optimized Telemedicine Workstation," a project with Precision Digital Corp. WTC awarded a total of $1.4 million in grants to support technological projects between state universities and Washington companies.

West Virginia
Information Services and Communications (IS&C) was ranked in the top 100 information systems by Computerworld magazine. IS&C provides technological assistance to users of 10,000 personal computers and terminals that make up the state's network.

Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin's Division of Information Technology -- which provides free technical assistance to UW personnel -- is having difficulty with non-UW calls. PC Helpline, a new service in Madison will take calls from anyone. The first minute of the call is free: 1-888-4PC-HELP. The Capital Times.

Wyoming
Touchscreen kiosks were placed in towns throughout Wyoming so that citizens can access the Wyoming
Job Bank -- a listing of over 1,000 job openings.