July 29, 2014

3 Social Media Tools for Cops

Nearly 96 percent of law enforcement agencies use social media, according to a survey, and these three tools can help officers best utilize the platforms.

July 29, 2014

Emails Show Allegheny County, Pa., Council Investigated Potential Snooping

The council is considering bids from two companies to protect internal communications; the chosen company would develop a computer server separate from the executive and other offices.

July 29, 2014

UC Irvine Researchers Receive Grant to Study ‘Crowdprogramming’

As part of the grant work, the UC Irvine team plans to create a publicly available platform for crowdfunding called CrowdCode, a tool set designed to address the intricacies of crowd programming.

July 29, 2014

California Officials Want to Build a 'Total Disaster City' for Training

The $56 million training facility would pit emergency crews against a variety of realistic, pressure-packed simulated disasters.

July 29, 2014

How 'Identity Proofing' Saved New Jersey Millions

Overcoming a problem with improper payments of jobless benefits saved New Jersey hundreds of millions. One of its strategies could end up helping other states.

July 29, 2014

The Infrastructure the Next Generation of Cities Will Need

It will be technology that will enable "Cities 3.0" -- the transformation of metropolitan centers into hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship.

July 29, 2014

Optimizing Atlanta’s 911 Systems with Data Science

The project's goals include reducing dispatch time, managing human capital more efficiently, and creating a decision-making tool for the Atlanta 911 Center leadership.

July 29, 2014

Smart Energy Grid to Keep Potsdam, N.Y. Powered During Emergencies

The proposed grid promises to provide a “localized source of power that would be more energy-efficient and resilient,” one that will lower delivery costs, making energy cheaper for customers, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

July 29, 2014

Minnesota Solar Car Project Combines Hard Work with Fun

Michigan, Minnesota and Polytechnique Montreal finished first, second and third Monday in the American Solar Challenge, a solar car race that gives engineering students an opportunity to put their studies to a practical, real world test.

July 29, 2014

Wave Energy Comes Ashore in Oahu, Hawaii

This September, private firm Northwest Energy Innovations is slated to start testing its prototype Azura device, connected to Oahu's islandwide power grid used by energy customers.

July 29, 2014

The Internet of Things Will Thrive On Energy Efficiency

Among the Internet of Things' most important functions will be to help individuals, communities and cities become smarter energy consumers.

July 29, 2014

The evolving surveillance state could lead to what new fashion trend?

Answer: CV dazzle

July 29, 2014

Appallicious Launches FEMA Disaster Dashboard

The Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard pairs local resources with open data to improve local resiliency.

July 28, 2014

FirstNet Begins State Consultations

The First Responder Network Authority's first in-person consultation is with Maryland on July 29, and the authority anticipates releasing a draft RFP before March 2015.

July 28, 2014

Stanford Researchers Plan for Powering California Entirely with Wind, Water and Sun

Under the plan, 55.5 percent of the state’s energy would come from solar, 35 percent from wind and the remainder from a combination of hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave energy.

July 28, 2014

Texas Gets High Marks for Executive Order Transparency

Texas was one of six states to earn an "A" when it comes to making executive orders accessible to the public, according to a report by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for open government.

July 28, 2014

Competition Pushes Possibility of Ultra-Fast Internet in More of U.S.

Though analysts see more posturing than certainty in the announcements, it's clear that online video watchers, technology start-ups and financial companies might see a dramatic upgrade in Internet speeds by the end of the decade.

July 28, 2014

Maryland Tech Companies Tap Visa Program to Meet Workforce Needs, Despite Challenges

Tech industry advocates say those are no simple hires, requiring thousands of dollars in legal fees and at least six months of lead time, with no certain payoff as companies nationwide share 85,000 visas allotted in a lottery each April.

July 28, 2014

Connected Cars Will Monitor Drivers for Signs of Fatigue

It’s not just other cars vehicles will be in constant contact with, they’ll be keeping close watch on their drivers too.

July 28, 2014

PPL Electric Utilities' Smart Meters Prove to be Not So Smart

The Pennsylvania utility touted itself as a pioneer when it installed 1.3 million meters. But those devices proved obsolete in just four years, failing to meet the minimum performance requirements of the state's new regulations.