October 2012

Maria Irshad, deputy assistant director, Houston Parking Management Division

Governments Expand Mobile Payments to Everything from Parking to Property Taxes

Statistics say mobile payments may soon replace credit cards and cash. Will government ride the mobile payment wave?

The Center for Internet Security Boosts Government Cybersecurity (VIDEO)

In the war on cybercrime, the nonprofit information sharing group may be state and local government’s secret weapon.

Fab Labs at the Library

Community ‘makerspaces’ give access to cutting-edge tools.

2012 Digital States Survey: Utah, Michigan Stay at the Head of the Class

Eight A grades and two D grades are reflective of disparate views of technology.

Desert Living Center in Las Vegas Teaches Sustainability (VIDEO)

Technology at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas teaches people environmentally friendly habits in harsh environments.

Albuquerque Shares Public Art Digitally with Residents

Albuquerque, N.M., makes public art accessible to taxpayers via common Web tools and social media.


5 Traits of Action Leaders

Defining the next generation of government leaders.

Four Questions

Maryland Interoperability Director Discusses Emergency Radio System

Ray Lehr talks about the rollout of the statewide first responders radio system.


Austin Goes Carbon Neutral

By 2020, the Texas city expects to create as much renewable energy as it consumes, and it’s well on its way.

Cities and Counties Try Facebook for Government

A look at how governments use Facebook to deliver services.


New Products from IPEVO, Getac, Canon

Telescoping stylus, rugged tablet PC, IP security camera.

Public Safety

Fire Department Tests QR Codes for Citizen Medical Data

The Marin County, Calif., Fire Department pilots quick response codes that provide secure medical information about residents.

Case Study

QR Codes Used in Searches for Missing Children

Will QR codes become the next tool in the fight against child abduction?


Spectrum: Eagle Gets a New 3-D Printed Beak

Cow QR codes track their eating and milking patterns.