April 2009

Municipal Broadband Efforts Succeed Despite Wi-Fi Meltdown

Broadband Internet connectivity helps cities diversify economies and boost efficiency.

Web 2.0 Tools Strengthen Toxic Substances Control in California

Shell Culp, CIO of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, explains how blogs, wikis, databases and new legislation help keep toxins out of products.


Facial Recognition Helps Indiana Secure Drivers' Licenses

Indiana motor vehicle agency uses facial recognition technology to deter identity theft.

Big Picture

NOAA Studies Changes in Arctic Atmosphere

Specially equipped aircraft records radiation, cloud formation and airborne aerosols.

Point of View

Stimulus Package May Bring Golden Age for Technology in Government (opinion)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may fund smart grids, smart buildings, truly intelligent transportation systems.

Geo Info

Transparency Efforts Make Alabama More Accountable to Citizens

Alabama uses Virtual Earth and other simple Web tools to make government data more open.

Public Safety

Jacksonville, Florida, Transportation Authority Installs Wireless Camera System

The surveillance system is monitored by a centralized command center and will aid in investigating customer complaints and keeping passengers and employees safe.

Green Technology

Light Emitting Diode Streetlight Systems Help Cities Save Energy

Los Angeles and Anchorage, Alaska, cut energy consumption with LEDs and central controls.


Electronic Tax Filing: Are Cell Phones the New Frontier? (Opinion)

Mobile phones have plenty of power to file a simple tax return.

Electronic Government

Nebraska Online Vehicle Tax Estimator Gives Citizens Tax and Fee Estimates

Nebraska public-private collaboration helps consumers estimate costs before automobile purchases.

On the Scene

Apollo 13 Flight Director Urges Space Program Support

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Chief of Staff Wins IT Award


Collin County's Caren Skipworth Pushes Regional Collaboration

IT director for Texas county led effort to build shared communication network.


Alabama May Subsidize Cell Phones for Low-Income Residents

Intelligent pill can be programmed to target specific ailments, researchers say.