July 22, 2014

Google Glass: Paramedics' Next Tool

MedEx Ambulance Service has acquired two pairs of Google Glass, allowing paramedics to transmit live video and audio from an ambulance to a doctor in an emergency room.

July 22, 2014

Alaska Aims to Store Emergency Food Supply for 40,000 People

The state, with its unique setting, works to secure its food supply.

July 22, 2014

Why Your Data Needs An 'Expiration Date' to Stay Safe (Industry Perspective)

It is crucial in today’s security climate to begin classifying data and networks in a new way, based not just on levels of sensitivity but on shelf life and the realities of our evolving computing landscape.

July 22, 2014

Tech Meets Nature: Remote System Monitors Wildfires

Fire officials for Idaho's Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest are testing a new system that’s been especially useful in keeping an eye on blazes that they choose not to suppress.

July 22, 2014

Modern Electric Grid Fighting Cyber Vulnerabilities

Utility companies are spending millions annually in cyber security costs, and the trend will continue with investments in smart meters and other technology meant to bring the electric grid up to date.

July 22, 2014

Illinois Warning Sirens Undergoing Constant Cycle of Upgrades

Other than their monthly tests, sirens in central Illinois remain forgettable unless severe weather threatens the region. But, when it's time for them to work, they'd better work right.

July 22, 2014

Why Blame Is the Death of Government Reform

Turning a governmental organization around requires a combination of partnership and trust. That can't happen as long as everybody is pointing fingers.

July 22, 2014

Cover Oregon Board Starts Mulling Its Future Makeup and Direction

The board will report to the Legislature in September on whether the bureaucracy set up to operate Oregon's health insurance exchange should remain a stand-alone public corporation or other agency, and if so how board members should govern it.

July 22, 2014

Columbus, Ohio, Imposes Insurance Rules on Car Services UberX, Lyft

Columbus’ new regulations, which were approved unanimously by council members, sought to close gaps and ensure that drivers are vetted in the same way as other city-licensed drivers.

July 22, 2014

Oklahoma City Traffic Commission Approves Regulating App-Based Ride Services

The proposed update of the city’s “vehicle-for-hire” ordinances will now go to the city council, where it will be reviewed at least three times before official changes are made.

July 22, 2014

New Indiana Data Hub Tracks State, Local Government Effectiveness

Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted state and local government databases and transparency websites combined into a single, easy-to-use performance-monitoring center that could reveal overlooked efficiencies and track the progress of his "road map" goals.

July 22, 2014

How do trains in the Netherlands show which cars have empty seats?

Answer: not an app, a sign

July 21, 2014

Bus Rapid Transit, P3s on Tap for Colorado Roadways

The Colorado Department of Transportation is embarking on projects of a massive scale that will transform driving as we now know it.

July 21, 2014

Washington D.C. Launches Open Data Policy, FOIA Portal

The district also reveals plans to hire its first chief data officer to direct transparency efforts.

July 21, 2014

Health Data Isn’t Just for Hospitals

How planners in Oregon and Kentucky use smartphones to collect valuable information.

July 21, 2014

U.S. Reps Sponsor Bipartisan Wi-Fi Innovation Act

The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), says the Wi-Fi Innovation Act would direct the FCC to conduct tests within the 5 GHz spectrum band to determine if spectrum can be shared without interfering with current users.

July 21, 2014

Ride Services Up Against Big Lobbying Push in Sacramento, Calif.

Uber and fellow San Francisco ride service startups Lyft and Sidecar are exploding in popularity nationwide, but in Sacramento, they're being vastly outspent by their opponents when it comes to lobbying.

July 21, 2014

Rohnert Park, Calif. Joins the 'Hydrogen Highway'

A Eureka company recently received a $5.3 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build three hydrogen fueling stations in the state, including the only one on the North Coast at a Rohnert Park 76 gas station.

July 21, 2014

Identifying Cyber-Criminals is No. 1 Challenge, Lawyer Says

Online hacking cases are tough for investigators because criminals can easily cover their tracks, legal experts agree. Even when the trail leads to a single computer, it can be hard to prove who was at the keyboard.

July 21, 2014

Red Light Cameras Tag Thousands of Chicago Drivers for Undeserved Tickets

Chicago transportation officials say they had no knowledge of the wild swings in ticketing — even though City Hall legally required the camera vendor to watch for the slightest anomaly in ticketing patterns every day.