National Technology Snapshot

National Technology Snapshot

by / May 31, 1996
Alabama will conduct a feasibility test of an online EBT project for its Women, Infants and Children program that may determine further expansion into other states. WIC EBT Status Report

Alaska is receiving assistance from SEARCH to redesign an offense citation system used for state and local criminal justice information. Interface

Mesa law enforcement has instant access to criminal databases and Motor Vehicle Administration records with mobile computers and secure wireless data technology from Cellular One.

The Arkansas Supreme Court was added to the Arkansas Website at .

The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters selected GIS/Trans to implement a Map Creation System that will convert its CAD-based election maps to GIS format.

Denver Water contracted with ESRI to provide automated mapping/facilities management GIS applications and services.

Connecticut is scanning the index fingers of welfare recipients to prevent recipients from receiving benefits under more than one name or from more than one program.

Delaware is the newest member of the Electronic Parent Locator Network, the award-winning locate system that helps 12 other states track down child support evaders.

Dade County contracted with Lockheed Martin IMS to customize an electronic toll collection system, allowing motorists to pay tolls through an electronic transponder attached to their windshields.

Georgia passed the Internet Police Act, which makes it a misdemeanor for any person to falsely identify themselves on the Internet for the purpose of defrauding an individual or group. Newsbytes

Gov. Ben Ceytano requested $3 million in general obligation bonds to improve the Hawaii Interactive Television System, a statewide distance-education system that reaches more than 2,000 students through two-way video and audio capability.

The state Supreme Court ruled that personnel records exemption did not apply to names and resumes of applicants for a position on the Boise City Council, since the individuals were applying to become "public officials." Access Reports

The Village of Mt. Prospect contracted with The Sidwell Co. to provide photogrammetric mapping services.

Indianapolis implemented Tidemark Computer System's Permit Plan CS, which includes electrical licenses, master permits, plumbing and structural permits.

The Department of Natural Resources selected Wang to improve the department's management of air pollution documentation with imaging and workflow software.

Gov. Bill Graves appointed Stephan A. Hanvey to the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., which will be used to foster technological innovation.

The Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium and PlanGraphics Inc. completed a strategic review to develop an understanding of current and future GIS activities.

Local police and sheriffs' departments in Louisiana now have access to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Management System, which allows them to submit prisoner data to the state electronically. Interface

Lawmakers passed a bill that halts the spread of video gambling machines in Maine which would have been legal as a result of a court ruling last fall.

The Maryland Information Technology Center and the Maryland Technology Center Inc. will support a new K-12 resource center that will serve as a research hub and a focal point for teachers and technology vendors to combine their respective knowledge.

Cambridge selected Queues Enforth Development Inc. to implement CAD/Partner, a realtime, online computer-aided system fully equipped for joint-dispatching of police, fire and EMS units.

The University of Michigan signed an agreement with PeopleSoft Inc. to replace current financial, human resource and student information systems with client/server software applications.

The Department of Transportation released its Implementation
Plan for Shared Information Resources, featuring 122 projects that will develop databases, applications and technology resources for the department. GIS/LIS News

The Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2832, which creates a local government records committee, provides additional methods of storing records and establishes policies to protect the public's access to records. The bill has not yet been enacted, and may go
to a conference committee. NAGARA Clearinghouse

The Department of Conservation encourages state residents to explore outdoor recreation in the state available on the World Wide Web at .

Montana is proposing a hybrid card that uses an offline chip for both FSP and WIC benefits, and an online ATM magnetic stripe for AFDC. WIC EBT Status Report

Gov. Ben Nelson unveiled the "Employment First Kiosk," developed by the Lincoln/Lancaster Department of Social Services and Nebraska Job Service to provide information about jobs available in Lincoln.

Nevada joined four other states in an EBT project developed by the Western Governor's Association. The Health Passport System demonstrates how integrated technology can increase access to healthcare for mothers and children. WIC EBT Status Report

New Hampshire
New Hampshire is working with the Northern New England Electronic Services Delivery on a project called "PARTNERS," a model RFP for a hybrid system that will deliver benefits for WIC and food stamps. WIC EBT Status Report

New Jersey
The Department of Education granted nine awards of $35,000 to "Classrooms: Connections to the Future -- 1996," a technology initiative for local school district distance learning projects.

New Mexico
The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department developed the New Mexico Families Automated Client Tracking System -- a statewide information system that supports services to abused and neglected children -- with AMS.

New York
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York is piloting WESTFile, an electronic filing service from West Publishing that will reduce the high volume of paper.

North Carolina
North Carolina awarded a contract to Earth Satellite Corp. for a statewide land cover database that can be integrated with the state geographic database and used for local area planning and resource management efforts.

North Dakota
North Dakota began statewide expansion of its joint Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) project. The EBT project was piloted in Bismarck in February of this year.

Delaware County is using the ATEK Jury Management System to streamline the county's jury selection process. What previously took eight to nine hours now requires less than half a day.

Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin hosted a news conference to kick off Telecommunications Day that included the first ever live Internet broadcast of House and Senate proceedings.

Oregon is one of four states participating in the National Fingerprint File (NFF) Pilot Project. Now in its "decentralizing phase," the state eliminated a two-step process and now forwards only first-arrest fingerprint cards to the FBI to be entered in the NFF. Eliminating the process of second and subsequent fingerprint cards saved the FBI over $5.5 million. Interface

Philadelphia, with Andersen Consulting, implemented the Automated Contract Information System. City employees can use point-and-click access to a central database of more than 2,000 contracts and service providers, including AIDS prevention and treatment programs, lawyers and engineers.

Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Treasury Department is now on the Internet at and posts more than 40,000 names of the state's unclaimed money list.

South Carolina
The Division of WIC Services implemented a Client Integrity Project that uses EBT data to detect client trafficking of program benefits.
WIC EBT Status Report

South Dakota
South Dakota began statewide expansion of its Electronic Benefits Transfer project that issues food stamp benefits.

Tennessee awarded a contract to Bay Networks Inc. to provide all state and local government agencies with high-performance shared media and switching hubs that support a wide array of LAN technologies.

Montgomery County contracted with Trimble to equip 30 vehicles of Rural Metro Ambulance -- contracted by the County Hospital District to provide 911 services -- with GPS/AVL subsystems. The subsystems will help locate, manage and dispatch vehicles for enhanced fleet operations.

Utah completed statewide expansion of its EBT project and implementation of RFP for food stamps. WIC EBT Status Report

Sen. Leahy received approval from the State Judiciary Committee for amendments to the Freedom of Information Act that encourages federal agencies to make more information available to the public online in a more timely manner.

The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration allows callers to access information about taxes and real estate assessments through its Automated Information System.

Gov. Mike Lowry signed the "Washington Electronic Authentication Act," which authorizes businesses and organizations to obtain a special digital code for use as a signature. As a result, the Department of Information Services is researching how digital signatures can increase efficiency in state government.

West Virginia
West Virginia is planning to merge West Virginia University and West Virginia Institution of Technology, which will maximize the use of technology in education.

Milwaukee implemented a new monitor system as part of its intelligent transportation system development. The system allows traffic engineers to spot highway breakdowns, accidents and other disruptions on video screens.

Gov. Jim Geringer proposed a compromise of $5.3 million to begin developing individual school district technology plans.

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