National Technology Snapshot

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

by / May 31, 1996
The Department of Revenue awarded a contract to Unisys Corp. to install a new paperless tax processing system.

Coverage of legislative sessions, hearings, news conferences and important state government events are now available on "Gavel-to-Gavel Alaska," a new service provided by state public broadcasters.

Scottsdale linked the Civic Center area and the Via Linda Complex -- which interconnects City Hall, the library system and the Courthouse -- through a high-speed ATM communications network.

Personal computer and LAN support is available through Microcomputer Support Services, developed by the Department of Computer Services. The department also serves as a consultant for state agencies.

San Bernardino selected GIS software from Geographical Data Systems Corp. to map crimes through its citywide public safety program.

Aurora joined Lockheed-Martin Corp. to pilot a new automated location tracking system that allows city inspectors to verbally report everything from potholes to environmental hazards while voice-recognition software translates the report into text back at the office. Information is then automatically plotted on a GIS map and used to generate analyses, work orders and reports. PTI Prism

Greenwich selected PlanGraphics as its consultant for GIS strategic planning.

Dover implemented a GIS project with Thomas Mapping Systems as part of a statewide initiative to preserve farmland.

Palm Beach County purchased IBM's 3900 Duplex Printing Subsystem, which will reduce the cost of preprinted forms and serve taxpayers more effectively.

The Department of Administrative Services, with Motorola, is developing an 800MHz radio system that will connect state departments to law enforcement agencies under one computerized network.

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) developed the Consumer Dial Program, a 24-hour consumer response system that allows consumers to listen to pre-recorded messages on buying a new car, how to order complaint forms, consumer scams and information on the DCCA. The system also allows consumers to speak to a live person during normal business hours.

Idaho's Information Systems Standards are now available on its Web site at .

Chicago's most wanted can now be found on its Community Policing Page, , which includes photos of wanted crime suspects and descriptions of the charges.

The Indiana General Assembly voted unanimously in favor of the Senate Enrolled Act 449, which creates an electronic benefits transfer system allowing welfare and food stamp recipients to obtain benefits using a magnetic card.

The Department of Education and Sony Electronics developed a program for deaf and hard of hearing students to interact with other students across the state over a distance learning network.

Topeka installed a high frequency radio data link between its City Hall and the Shawnee County Courthouse. Legal staff now have online access to research and references. IGNewsletter

Western Middle School in Louisville developed a network of 24 Macintosh computers called MacCSILE (Computer-Supported Intentional Learning Environment) that allows students to comment on other's work and create a shared database of theories and ideas. Technos

Crimes can now be reported on Louisiana's Report a Crime Web page at .

Maine and Bangor Savings Bank offer a new program that allows state workers to purchase computers through pre-approved loans that can be paid back with payroll deductions.

Montgomery County implemented its reengineered automated procurement information delivery system, which provides purchasing information and a history of procurement actions by public organizations. Nation's Cities Weekly

Worcester contracted with Cerulean Technology to install its PacketCluster software
in 25 of the city's police cars. The new software provides access to criminal warrants, motor vehicle records and the city's in-house computer records.

Gov. John Engler accepted a $200,000 grant from IBM to help link six job training centers through a multimedia telecommunications system.

The Department of Administration received the 1996 John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award for "Northstar," a government online information project that allows state and local agencies to communicate directly with each other via the Internet.

The Mississippi Authority for Educational TV and the Department of Education developed the StarSchools Project, an interactive distance learning program.

The Missouri Rural Opportunities Council developed the Missouri I-TV Information Alliance to facilitate and enhance the use of interactive telecommunications technologies.

The Department of Commerce offers technical assistance to city and county governments through its Community Technical Assistance Program, which includes access to technical libraries and research services, financial assistance and assistance for statewide planning and development.

The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Highway Safety awarded a total of 14 in-car video camera systems to law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and the Alliance Police Department.

Nevada received an $85,000 donation from Nevada Bell for kids to explore the Internet.

New Hampshire
Gov. Stephen Merrill signed a bill that requires all banks to disclose any fees being charged on the ATM screen at the time of a transaction.

New Jersey
Warren County automated its ballot generation process by implementing the BallotRight system from United States Election Corp. The new software reduces data entry, eliminates manual proofreading and saves thousands of dollars in printing.

New Mexico
The New Mexico Lottery contracted with Andersen Consulting to implement the state's first lottery with the Comprehensive Lottery Accounting and Information System.

New York
The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications contracted with International Data Operations, MetroNet Communications and ObjectSoft to develop information and payment transaction applications for a new kiosk demonstration project for social service programs, revenue collection and public health.

North Carolina
Researchers at North Carolina State University developed the IntelliMedia Program, a multidisciplinary initiative for intelligent multimedia learning and information technologies.

North Dakota
North Dakota's GIS technical committee provides services such as coordinating GIS activities for state and local agencies. The committee also acts as a clearinghouse, accumulating and disseminating digital-spatial data.

Summit County selected PlanGraphics Inc. to provide additional geographic information assistance to its Auditor's Office, including data conversion and applications development.

The Department of Libraries is utilizing AutoGraphic's ImpactONLINE to share access to information available collectively from libraries across the state via the Internet.

The Department of Transportation's Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Branch is implementing a new computer system that will help improve service to the general public.

Pennsylvania is conducting a large scale field-to-finish address mapping project with GeoResearch's GeoLink GPS/GIS Field Mapping system that can geocode multiple layers of information including new or revised addresses, phone locations and highway features.

Rhode Island
Gov. Lincoln Almond attended the National Governor's Education Summit, which focused on integrating technology into education programs.

South Carolina
The Department of Education developed a plan that will provide direct technical assistance to 200 schools where student achievement is lacking.

South Dakota
The Department of Education and Cultural Affairs celebrated its 10th anniversary of Technology in Education (TIE). The organization provides information and training activities on technology-based applications for teachers and administrators. TIE Newsletter.

The Lee County Sheriff's Department awarded a contract to Perceptics Corp.
to develop and install a new computerized Criminal Justice Management System that will provide access to inmate records.

The Department of Human Services in Austin selected the BadgePro Production System from Allison Systems Inc. The new security system provides flexibility and allows a variety of users access to the department's building, which houses three other state agencies.

The Department of Health, Health Care Financing Division, contracted with Birch & Davis to provide a conceptual design study for a Medicaid management eligibility information system. Federal Sources Inc.

Vermont added the secretary of state to its Web site at .

The Department of Information Technology contracted with PRC Public Sector to design and implement computer aided dispatch and radio console systems. Federal Sources Inc.

Gov. Mike Lowry signed the Washington Electronic Authentication Act, which will enhance international and domestic trade throughout the state using digital signatures in electronic transactions.

West Virginia
Morgantown searched for virtual Easter eggs during the Great Internet Easter Egg Hunt. The eggs were placed in various parts of the USA CityLink Project so that users could find them as they browsed information about the city.

Waukesha County selected PlanGraphics Inc. and Fairview Industries to implement a series of improvements to the county's land-records computer system.

Gov. Jim Geringer signed the Senate Enrolled Act 003, which allows funding for the University of Wyoming to operate a technology transfer center with the Department of Transportation. The new center will provide training to city and county employees regarding current trends in transportation and technology.