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July 30, 2015

Drone Helps Orland, Ill., Firefighters Battle House Blaze

In addition to standard equipment, firefighters also deployed a drone — the first live test of a technology they've been piloting for about two months.

July 30, 2015

Firefighters in Washington Train with High-Tech Air Packs

The apparatus protects the face and eyes, provides breathable air, warns when that air is running low, allows firefighters to communicate and sounds an alarm when a firefighter is disabled.

July 30, 2015

How much do city’s cracked and broken streets cost in additional fuel and maintenance?

Answer: $1,044 per year in San Francisco

July 29, 2015

Researchers Develop, Test GPS-Equipped Water Drone in Bridge Inspections

The Florida Department of Transportation has funded research on autonomous waterborne vehicles that could make bridge inspections faster, safer and more efficient.

July 29, 2015

Microsoft Releases Windows 10, Tests New Collaborative Culture

Wednesday’s release of the newest version of the company’s operating system comes with typically high stakes.

July 29, 2015

Suffolk County, N.Y., Lawmakers Place Limits on Drones

The measure bars flights of any UAV equipped with a camera above any county facility without authorization, and bans flights over county parks without a permit.

July 29, 2015

Detroit Uses Tech to Modernize City Parking

The new ParkDetroit system is made easier with the download of the ParkDetroit smartphone app.

July 29, 2015

University of Chicago’s 'Plenario' Changes How We Use Open Data

Plenario lets users access, combine, download and visualize disparate sets of data all in the same place.

July 29, 2015

Arizona Department of Education Launches New School Data Collection System

AzEDS collects data relevant to allocating about $6 billion in funding for school districts and charters, including attendance, special services and transportation records.

July 29, 2015

Social Media: The True Threat to Digital Privacy

Every time you click on a link, search the Internet or post a photo to social media, personal information is being collected, says Washington state's first chief privacy officer.

July 29, 2015

South Florida Schools Use Tech to Lessen ‘Opportunity Gaps’

Access to computers and the Web is not enough to solve the problem of the digital divide.

July 29, 2015

Social Media Not the Most Effective Method of Campaigning

Social media is likely more effective in motivating people to vote than it is changing their minds about an issue.

July 29, 2015

Tech Upgrades at Connecticut DMV Will Shorten Wait Times

Gov. Dannel Malloy said the technological improvements are needed to make the DMV more user-friendly.

July 29, 2015

One California Community's Power Switch

Lancaster, Calif.'s effort to build a seamless, integrated energy infrastructure points the way to long-term robustness and sustainability.

July 29, 2015

Kansas Latest to Implement Statewide Next-Gen 911

The next-generation emergency communications system will be built in four phases over the next five years, and is expected to boost speed, security and reliability between PSAP operators, dispatchers and first responders.

July 29, 2015

Spectrum: Robots Will Soon Serve as First Responders

Also, smart walking sticks assist the blind and the Buddy PC app helps people ratchet up productivity.

July 29, 2015

Can you name 25 clichés and platitudes that everyone in your office uses?

Answer: see the list below

July 28, 2015

GovDelivery Acquires Civic Tech Startup Textizen

The acquisition is expected to enhance and scale GovDelivery's citizen engagement offerings.

July 28, 2015

How Analytics Helps Minneapolis Make Smarter Daily Decisions

Data sharing and analysis platform gives employees access to data from across the city, along with new tools to crunch it.

July 28, 2015

Will Self-Driving Vehicles Erase the Auto Insurance Industry?

Though the industry won’t be impacted “significantly” for at least a decade, the landscape will begin to shift dramatically after that.