February 2009

Sex Offenders' GPS Devices Not a Silver Bullet, States Say

California, Arizona, Connecticut  and other states discover that problems with GPS monitoring of sex offenders beg a more thoughtful approach.

ERP Systems Turn 10 Years Old for Local Governments

ERP systems in Sacramento County, Calif., and Phoenix still going strong after a decade.

New York State's MyBenefits Online Enrollment System Has Wisconsin Roots

Wisconsin creates a Web portal that makes it more convenient to apply for public health benefits.


Cheap 'QR' Codes Are a Budget-Friendly Project for Manor, Texas

Quick response codes can be affordable identifiers for city tours and construction projects.

Local Government

Server Consolidation Boosts Utilization Rates for Atlanta's Fulton County

Fulton County's server sprawl solved with blade technology and virtualization.

Big Picture

Green Initiatives: Z Machine -- World's Largest X-Ray Generator

Scientists hope to develop clean nuclear fusion technology.

Point of View

Opinion: Obama Administration Should Invest in IT Infrastructure

Federal help possible as states struggle to fix budgets.


Google Flu Trends Gives Early Warning of Influenza Outbreaks

Tracking Google searches gives public health officials a new tool to combat flu outbreaks.


Flash Kids Design Instructional Web Site at School

A Chicago music teacher uses unorthodox methods that produce advanced students.

Public Safety

Georgia Public-Safety Radio Network Years in the Making

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and others will have an interoperable network up and running as soon as December 2009.

Green Technology

GIS Maps, Computerized Sprinklers Help Munis During Drought

Historic droughts in California, Georgia and elsewhere prompt cities to turn to IT -- like GIS maps -- for conservation help.


South Dakota CIO Prepares State for DTV Transfer

CIO Otto Doll troubleshoots so residents can still receive state's public broadcasting stations.

On the Scene

California May Create Chief Geographic Officer Position, Says State CIO Teri Takai

Colorado CIO Mike Locatis urges new funding approach.


Richmond, Virginia, Department of IT's Bill Hobgood Discusses Nationwide Alarm Standards

Richmond lets local 911 centers get automatic alerts from alarm companies.