National Technology Snapshot

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

by / April 30, 1996
Mobile was recently identified as one of 15 cities across the nation "on the leading edge of the information technology revolution" by the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

The Juneau City Manager's office is now online. Public questions and comments can be sent to City Manager Dave Palmer at .

The Mesa Police Department can issue citations electronically using the Stylistic 500 tablet computer developed by Fujitsu Personal Systems Inc. Information on the witness, victim and crime scene can be entered and is instantly available to investigators without having to manually fill out a full report.

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded a contract to Citibank to develop an Electronic Benefits Transfer pilot project for welfare and food stamps.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is using a driver's license identification program that requires residents to touch their thumbs on an Identicator DFR-90 Fingerprint Scanner when qualifying for a driver's license.

The Department of Human Services and Lockheed Martin IMS were honored by Rocky Mountain Automated Clearing House Information for developing the Family Support Registry, an electronic system for collecting and distributing child support payments.

Connecticut awarded a contract to MCI to provide interstate voice and data communications. In addition, MCI will provide its Maximum Security service for state prison facilities. Newsbytes

The Office of Information Systems is using Security Dynamics' SecureID to protect its computer system.

The Department of Insurance consolidated five facilities in Tallahassee on a single telephone network that is controlled from one central point.

The University of Georgia received $100,000 from the AT&T Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance to help fund a new project that will demonstrate ways to enhance distance learning.

Hawaii is compiling a public records report that lists its information holdings throughout the state. Access Reports

Gov. Phil Blatt signed a bill that sets up an Information Technology Council which will devise a centralized plan for the delivery of state services. He also signed House Bill 657, opening the bidding process to multiple vendors of information technology.

The Illinois Industrial Commission developed a new application for local area networks and remote dial-in technology as part of Gov. Jim Edgar's Project Safe Illinois initiative, a public-private project to promote worker safety.

Howard County Juvenile Court installed Gottlieb & Wertz's Quest, an integrated case tracking system that links the police, the prosecutor's office and the courts. Court Technology Bulletin

Iowa kicked off its first "fibercaucus" to help the media cover the presidential caucus. Newspapers and broadcast reporters had simultaneous access to 50 caucus sites for interviews around the state. Communications Week

Kansas selected AutoGraphics' Impact/Online to use in its "Kansas Library Catalog/Online" system and to share access to information from state and local libraries via the Internet.

The Transportation Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky awarded a contract to CACI International Inc. to reengineer the state's vehicle titling and registration system.

Louisiana added the Supreme Court to InfoLA at .

The Maine Municipal Association implemented the Municipal Information Network, a computer network for municipal subscribers statewide that includes e-mail, bulletin boards, conferencing and legislative bulletins.

The Baltimore Board of Estimates awarded Motorola a contract to install a new 800 MHz radio communications system for the city's public safety and public service agencies.

The Department of Corrections and the Parole Board unveiled a new videoconferencing system that links members of the Parole Board
with Massachusetts inmates housed at the Dallas County Jail in Dallas, Texas.

Michigan State University now offers students and faculty members an opportunity to learn more about information technology resources, activities and directions during "Video Brown Bag" discussions. Students may attend the discussions live or watch the program over campus cable.

Dakota County awarded a contract to Intergraph Corp. to provide hardware and software for softcopy photogrammetry, which utilizes digital scanning of aerial photographs to create more accurate land base data. Professional Surveyor

The University of Mississippi uses Agile Network Inc.'s Atimizer switches for its campus network, which allows for automated moves, adds and changes so students can plug in their laptops anywhere on campus. Communications Week

The city of St. Peters installed NAVIGATOR 2000, an image-based document management system developed by I. Levy & Associates. The new system will be used to manage the processing of legal records, ordinances, resolutions and correspondence.

The Lambert St. Louis International Airport awarded a contract to USL Systems for its client/server accounting software.

Hospitals in Cambridge can now receive medical consultation from the University's Medical Center in Omaha and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota through a new two-way video room.

The Clark County Election Department developed a guide to the 1996 elections that is available on the Internet at .

New Hampshire
New Hampshire is implementing a new model for the delivery of health and human services. Using a single case manager, citizens can access a variety of information without going through multiple agencies.

New Jersey
The Department of Transportation awarded a contract to CACI International Inc. to develop and implement an international registration system for commercial vehicle fleets traveling in multiple jurisdictions.

New Mexico
Vista Middle School in Las Cruces joined a bulletin board service within the school's technology program that promotes the use of computers and electronic information in the classroom.

New York
The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications implemented Winstar Communications' Wireless Fiber service to protect its voice and data communications system from disasters and outages.

North Carolina
Wake County developed a new mobile data network using laptop computers, document imaging and radio technology. Now officers have instant access to accurate, current data on arrest records, investigative reports and file photos of crime suspects. County News

North Dakota
North Dakota developed an Advanced Weather Information System that helps farmers and ranchers make informed resource management decisions with weather data and "what if" scenarios. PTI Prism

The Ohio General Assembly selected Data Retrieval and If-Then-Else Inc. to create a complete client/server-based chamber automation system that will enable the Ohio House and Senate to directly access committee reports, calendars, agendas, bill status and journals.

The Department of Human Services was one of four government agencies to receive the Hewlett-Packard High Technology Application Award for its Improved Service project.

Oregon provides information on its procurement policies on information technology at the following Web site: .
The five-page policy has several features such as identifying specific procedures to be followed and their source. The RFP Report

The Department of Commerce initiated The Ben Franklin Partnership to help stimulate economic growth in Pennsylvania by building strategic relationships between the private sector, universities and government agencies.

Rhode Island
The Board of Governors is exploring sources for funding of a comprehensive information technology plan for the University of Rhode Island.

South Carolina
The University of South Carolina will be providing modem capability
to students and faculty members. With a new PPP server, students and staff will be able to connect to the University system off-campus using an 800 number.

South Dakota
Lt. Gov. Carole Hubbard can now be reached via the Web at .

Memphis is now on the Web at The new Web site offers an electronic guide to job listings, government contacts and a calendar of events.

Public libraries will gain access to the Internet thanks to a new million-dollar grant program from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The Internet Assistance Grants will go toward hardware, software, telecommunication links and training expenses.

A list of candidates for the state Legislature is on the Web at .

Vermont now has its state job bank available on the Internet at . ALMIS News

James County is one of eight jurisdictions in the Hampton Roads area that joined together to assist regional Internet access for local governments.

Klickitat County installed Tidemark's PermitPlan CS, a permit and license management software application for municipal and state government.

West Virginia
The Public Employee Insurance Agency contracted with Standard Data Corp. to implement a benefit enrollment eligibility computer system which will service 600-plus clients, including state agencies, local and county governments, and public schools and colleges.

St. Croix County retained UGC Consulting to provide technical and management consulting services to develop a land information system plan.

POSSE, Wyoming's child support collection system, was nominated by Andersen Consulting for the 1996 Computerworld Smithsonian Award in the Government & Nonprofit Category.

If you would like to submit a news item about information technology in a state or local government agency, please e-mail it to or fax to Maria Fusilero at 916/932-1470. Please include your telephone number for confirmation.