November 20, 2014

States Turn to Data to Hit Back at Fraudsters

States increasingly are using data to attack widespread fraud, but few have taken a true "big data" approach to that and other problems they face.

November 20, 2014

How Portland Is Tackling the Innovation Dilemma

The Oregon city is using a special fund to spark new thinking in its agencies while minimizing financial risk.

November 20, 2014

How Smartphones Revolutionized Society in Less than a Decade

With more than 1 billion users worldwide and 2.5 million apps — and counting — available across Google and Apple’s digital marketplaces, smartphones are impacting day-to-day life in some surprising ways.

November 20, 2014

Renewable Energy's Rise Hurting Utilities

Solar energy is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. But it and other renewables are eating into utilities' profits, which have begun asking cities and states for help.

November 20, 2014

California Officials Tout Clean Machines to Help Air During Rail Construction

In a show-and-tell event Wednesday, state representatives showcased how the latest-generation diesel machinery will help ease the effects of earth-moving and heavy construction on the Valley’s troubled air.

November 20, 2014

Who's Responsible for Connectivity in Cars?

Despite the auto industry's rapid adoption of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay, some tech start-ups say a uniform experience simply isn't possible.

November 20, 2014

Management of L.A. Unified Student Records System Found 'Grossly Inadequate'

Glitches in the system caused myriad problems. Some students spent weeks waiting to be assigned to classes, and the district scrambled to fix errors in transcripts in time for college application deadlines.

November 20, 2014

Drone Repair Program Opens at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

It will be the first repair shop in the U.S. where privately manufactured drones will be repaired by a government entity.

November 20, 2014

In Era of Growing Risk, Emphasis Grows on Medical Device Data

Insurance companies and hospitals have begun working together to squeeze costs from the American medical system before a generation of baby boomers hits its peak years of health care consumption.

November 20, 2014

How can you determine which watermelon is sweetest at the grocery store?

Answer: a smartphone-connected molecular sensor

November 20, 2014

States Step Forward to Act on Education Data

Top-level support for longitudinal data systems and policies has helped states make progress on recommended data actions.

November 20, 2014

The Rise of Customer-Centered Human Services

Technology-based practices adapted from the commercial world are taking social services beyond the one-size-fits-all approach.

November 19, 2014

Ohio Adds Schools to its First Responder Communication System

The system's special school radios include an orange emergency button that, when pressed, connects schools with a local dispatcher. The dispatcher hears what's happening and pages law enforcement and other first responders, who are immediately deployed to the scene.

November 19, 2014

Opinion: To Save the Internet, Regulate It

The basic idea is that the Internet is no longer a plaything or special portal for the privileged, but a communication and commerce network essential to modern life.

November 19, 2014

Texas "Ideal Market" for High-Speed Rail

The Dallas-to-Fort Worth connection is the subject of several public meetings, including one Tuesday evening in downtown Fort Worth, at which residents are being asked for their opinions on the proposed high-speed rail lines.

November 19, 2014

Internet of Things Helps Buffalo, Other Cities with Snow Removal

Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo are some of the municipalities harnessing the power of GPS sensors and machine-to-machine communication to modernize snow removal practices.

November 19, 2014

A Radical Change in Future Transport

As the role of the traditional auto industry expands, experts share how mobility-on-demand services and smart cars will solve the challenge of urban mobility.

November 19, 2014

San Diego State University Researchers Test Twitter as a Flu Surveillance Tool

Nearly a dozen researchers at the university collected almost 160,000 tweets containing the keyword “flu” from 11 U.S. cities.

November 19, 2014

Smarter Energy is the Key to a Smarter Future in Urbanization (Industry Perspective)

Global urbanization will only be possible if we rethink how energy is distributed and consumed.

November 19, 2014

What’s Old is New: Everyday Building Materials Get Smarter

The building blocks of tomorrow are often the same as they were in the past - only now the materials themselves have become smarter.