September 15, 2014

Selfie + Hat = ?

Answer: the Selfie Hat

September 14, 2014

Mobile Technology Transforming Global Transportation: Highlights from ITS World Congress & Michigan Digital Summit

There were two very different events this past week in Michigan, but both offered similar messages. The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress and the Michigan Digital Summit pointed to the radical transformation occurring right now in transportation. There is a paradigm shift occurring using smart transportation systems and mobile technology that enables 'realistic solutions to our global mobility, safety, and environmental challenges.'

September 12, 2014

California Takes Risks with Drought-Fighting Technology

Conservation groups worry that desalination intake pumps would kill natural life that’s a foundation for the underwater food chain and the excess salt desalination discharges back into the ocean.

September 12, 2014

A National Look at Student Data Privacy Legislation

Governors have signed more than 25 bills into law that deal with student data privacy.

September 12, 2014

A Flexible Path to LMR for Buncombe County, N.C.

A new land mobile radio system helps the county manage nearly 70,000 annual emergency calls across its rugged terrain.

September 12, 2014

For Cities Switching to LED Street Lamps, A Place to See the Light

The Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab is helping municipal officials see LED lights for themselves in a real urban environment.

September 12, 2014

Parking Sensors Malfunction in Downtown Walnut Creek, Calif.

While the sensors are designed to make it easier for city staff to monitor the parking system, big trucks rolling or cars parked nearby can trip the sensors, resetting the meters and falsely indicating the space was not paid up.

September 12, 2014

U.S. Threatens Yahoo with Big Fines for Withholding User

Yahoo refused to comply with the U.S. government's request for foreign intelligence information, arguing that handing over the information would violate its customers' 4th Amendment rights.

September 12, 2014

Election Technology, Business Key Issues in California Secretary of State Race

The candidates agreed that outdated technology has meant too few Californians are voting, and it is too hard for businesses to register and operate. But they differed over who is best qualified to fix the problems.

September 12, 2014

Pittsburgh May Hold Key to Future of Tech

Local entrepreneurs gathered on Thursday at AlphaLab Gear to discuss technology in Pittsburgh and how it will transform the city.

September 12, 2014

Editorial: Apple’s New Products Ratchet Up Need for Privacy Protection

The time is ripe for new encryption technology that stays one step ahead of the National Security Agency and individual hackers.

September 12, 2014

Playbook Aims to Speed Up Disaster Recovery

Built on best practices and lessons learned, the Disaster Recovery Playbook puts the St. Bernard Project’s model online for any community to use.

September 12, 2014

DataSF Relaunches After Open Data Strategy Update

San Francisco is doubling down on open data with a simplified data portal aimed at fulfilling strategic plans.

September 12, 2014

Tech Experts Offer to Replace Detroit Firefighters' ‘Pop Can’ Alert System

In today's tech-enhanced world, the Detroit firefighters' emergency alert is rather archaic: A soda pop can filled with coins or screws gets knocked over by an incoming fax. But techies are offering to upgrade the system.

September 12, 2014

Honda, Chevrolet Give Natural Gas a Push

The two automakers are making another run at selling compressed natural gas cars in the U.S., eyeing a market in commuters and efficiency-minded drivers.

September 12, 2014

Interview: Connected Vehicles and Intelligent Traffic Management

Improving traffic management was a major theme at the ITS World Congress this week. FutureStructure, a sister publication of Government Technology, interviewed Sameer Joshi of Siemens to hear the latest in Intelligent Transportation Systems and related technology.

September 12, 2014

Alert System Kept Parents in the Loop During Shooting Threat

It was the first time the principal at Oregon's Phoenix High School used the Web-based voicemail notification system in an emergency situation -- and it worked flawlessly.

September 12, 2014

Mobile App Tracks Whales in Pacific Ocean

Originally designed to help protect endangered whales, The Whale Alert was recently updated with features on movements and conservation initiatives for Pacific Ocean mariners.

September 12, 2014

What does a cashless future look like?

Answer: Paypal asked the world to find out.

September 11, 2014

Indiana Management and Performance Hub Takes Transparency to the Next Level

The hub is connected to and builds on the data-rich Indiana Transparency Portal by increasing the accessibility and usability of key information.