September 2008

Intelligent Transportation Systems Target Highway Congestion

Agencies use GPS, mapping software and cameras to keep traffic moving.

Big Picture

Researchers Develop Contact Lenses with Integrated Circuitry

Worn like traditional contact lenses, the technology may lead to personal displays.

Point of View

Point of View: The Problem With Solutions

Sometimes our quest to make things easier only makes things harder.


How Corporate Funding Helps Fill Community Needs

Philanthropy augments disaster response and other government activities.

Web Conferencing Helps Applicants Navigate Federal Grant Process workers use Web conferencing to explain complex funding system.

Geo Info

GIS Offers Online Access to Zoning and Utility Information

Ohio city makes detailed maps available to citizens, contractors and engineers.

Social Services

Electronic Health Records Improve Care for Texas Foster Children

Online Health Passport compiles medical history for 30,000 kids in state foster care system.

New York Tests Mobile Technologies for Child Protective Services

Two-year study assesses impact of mobile technologies on child welfare work.


Web 2.0 Challenges Notions of Public and Private Information offers salary details and workplace reviews from company employees.


Critical Steps for Securing Wireless Networks and Devices

Smartphones present new security threats for government agencies.

On the Scene

Counties Highlight IT Successes at NACo Conference

Electronic filing for property statements and RFID tracking of election ballots draw attention.


Alaska Enterprise Technology Director Focuses on Metrics

Anand Dubey says good information leads to good IT investment and management.


Cities in 3D Application Adds Realistic Building Models to Google Earth

Richly detailed models include Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and a Hardee's drive-through in McMinnville, Tenn.

Product News

Products from Belkin, Skype, Other World Computing, Genius, VXL Instruments

Desktop Internet phone, portable storage drive, touch speaker system and thin client news.

GammaTech's Durabook D15TS Semi-Rugged Laptop Crumbles Under Pressure

Well equipped unit performs fine as a standard laptop, but fails the spill test.