January 13, 2008 By News Staff
More Green for Less Green
SEATTLE - Former President Bill Clinton unveiled a plan to help cities acquire green technology at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Climate Protection Summit in November 2007. Clinton announced that all USCM member cities will have access to a green technology purchasing consortium operated by his Clinton Climate Initiative.
The consortium offers lower prices on green technology products, potentially helping cities accelerate green-technology deployments. Clinton pitched the program as a chance for local governments to quickly shift market demand toward energy efficiency.
Instant Command Center
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California state officials got an up-close look at Cisco's Sentinel Incident Commander vehicle in November. Cisco offered tours of the high-tech mobile command center, which uses Internet protocol technology to rapidly establish command, control and communications capabilities at the scene of a disaster or other incident. The vehicle was developed jointly by Cisco and automotive manufacturer L-3 Wolf Coach.
Gentlemen, Start Your Robots
VICTORVILLE, Calif. - For two weeks in late October and early November, 35 teams from around the country competed for a $2 million purse in the third Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge - an event that pits autonomous automobiles against nature, time and each other.
Carnegie Mellon's bot "Boss" won the event overall, receiving the $2 million; Stanford's "Junior" took second and a $1 million check; and Virginia Tech's "Odin" came in third, receiving $500,000. Six teams out of the original 35 finished the 60-mile final event.
The two previous races, in 2004 and 2005, were held on a desert course, with the goal for each bot simply to get from start to finish. This year, DARPA added urban challenges to the competition, such as traffic, four-way stops and other robots, making this year's event far more difficult.
Best of the Best
FOLSOM, Calif. - Aurora, Colo., is the most technically advanced big city in the nation, according to the Folsom-based Center for Digital Government's seventh annual Digital Cities Survey. Aurora topped the 2007 survey in the 250,000 or more population category, followed by Virginia Beach, Va.
Lincoln, Neb., placed first in the 125,000 to 249,999 division, followed by Richmond, Va. In the 75,000 to 124,999 population division, Santa Monica, Calif., placed first with Roanoke, Va., placing second. Jupiter, Fla., and Lynchburg, Va., tied for first in the smallest city category, covering populations of 30,000 to 74,999.
Winners were honored at an awards ceremony in New Orleans in mid-November.
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