Chad Vander Veen is the former editor of FutureStructure.
In this Q&A, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks about what defines a smart city and what it takes to achieve smart city status.
The Center for Data Innovation hosted a forum to examine how – or if – regulators and bureaucrats are part of the solution or part of the problem.
The technology of the “sharing economy” may be the next great leap for fleet managers.
Many stressors are threatening current water systems. Fundamental changes must be made that align technology, policy and infrastructure so that people can do more with less water.
The sum of a city’s components -- together with the connections that exist, or can be made to exist, between the myriad bits of infrastructure -- are what make a city.
Rachel Yoka, editor of the new book Sustainable Parking Design and Management, says that in many ways, smart cities start with where you park.
A German architect claims his spherical solar collector improves photovoltaic efficiency by 35 percent - and even works using moonlight.
A summit organized by Forbes took on the tall order of figuring out how the promise of a new industrial revolution might put U.S. cities at the forefront of innovation, industry and infrastructure.
Public and private sector experts met in San Francisco to lay the groundwork for a transportation revolution.
California has grappled with water scarcity for generations and now the San Diego Water Authority is betting on desalination.
The wearables market is poised to grow to as many as 171 million units shipped by 2016.
In the world’s most productive region of agriculture, food waste is being transformed into natural gas.
They’re simple and cheap, but usually not all that secure. Why haven’t we moved to something better?
William G. Brooks III, of the Norwood Police Department talks drones and predictive analytics.
A video camera setup provided important details on repeated collisions with interstate overcrossings.
The inaugural Police Innovation Conference will showcase the best in crime fighting tech.
City CIO Usha Mohan aimed to deliver on Mayor Alvin Brown’s vision for technology.
As unmanned aircraft take up a more permanent place in society, some schools are starting to get serious about drone degrees.
New campaign features interactive text game to warn teens about the challenges of unplanned pregnancies.
The Atari 800 is being marketed using an eye-catching display booth -- a booth that is not very different from display booths found at tech conferences and in electronics stores today.
Winners of the 2012 Digital Cities Survey offer glimpses of what it takes to be the very best.
California State Senate President pro Tem calls for report on state’s technology dealings with Microsoft following Seattle’s pitch to buy and relocate the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
Brett Goldstein Chief Data Officer, Chicago; John Tolva CTO, Chicago; Kevin Hauswirth, Social Media Director, Chicago
Three years after the federal stimulus act became law, CIOs assess its impact on state IT.
Exhibitors showcase new phones and tablets, refuse to give up on 3D TV.
U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel aims to drive efficiency across federal government, asks for ideas.
Keynote speech marks last time Microsoft will open at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Terror attacks put true priorities into perspective.
Government users and industry analysts chime in on motion-controlled video games, augmented reality and vertical GPS.
State budget priorities and improving government processes are among challenges Rhodes is facing.
Governments deciding where to start in the wild world of apps and the mobile Web.
Industry opinion seems to back move by the state.
Jerry Fralick talks about managing expectations and supporting more federal-state collaboration.
Costly acquisition of Skype by Microsoft has many wondering about the future of the popular service.
Creating a better user experience via Facebook, Twitter, etc.
New strategies include solar roadways, home fuel cells and piezoelectricity.
Smartphones are tracking — and reporting — where users take them.
What critics are saying about RIM’s new tablet.
CEO of Consumer Electronics Association says America must command in innovation to restore being a global leader.
California state Sen. Alan Lowenthal says California would lead the nation on online privacy rights if bill is passed.
Amazon has riled competitors with new service that stores music and other media in “your hard drive in the cloud.”
Three new browsers are on the market. But which one reigns supreme?
Wireless carriers are quick to market their latest devices as 4G, but none deliver true 4G speed. Take a look at what's available now and where 4G is headed in the future.
The agreement is expected to save the city $50 million over five years.
Virtual Beverly Hills was recently challenged when a crowd of over 20,000 ran through town.
Maryland governor uses GIS to Map Crime, Traffic, Infrastructure, Spending
Dangermond explains role of GIS in smart grid, stimulus tracking and open government.
IDC cloud computing survey finds increased spending, but also obstacles to deployment.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may fund smart grids, smart buildings, truly intelligent transportation systems.
David Clark: State Lawmaker Launches Utah IT Consolidation
Dominic Nessi: CIO Pushes Sweeping IT Improvements for LAX
Tracking Google searches gives public health officials a new tool to combat flu outbreaks.
Texas Attorney General's Office managing changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
New interfaces, infrastructure and intelligence will reshape jobs and lives.
"People always say bringing Democrats and Republicans [together] is the biggest challenge. I sleep with a Democrat every night."
Takai and former astronaut Sally Ride appear at California CIO Academy.
E-discovery and public records issues drive Washington state's centralized document management strategy.
Interactive technology sheds new light on ancient treasures.
Obama, Clinton and McCain struggle to develop an effective online presence.
While the mobile command center definitely impressed, I was more profoundly struck by the reality that Sacramento County officials had indeed lived up to their promise of correcting mistakes of the past.
Cities in 3D service uses city data sets to render building in Google Earth.
DHS announcement addresses some concerns about controversial driver's license measure, but it may not quell state rebellion.
HDTV, waterproof HD screens, HD monitors, HD video cameras rule massive electronics show. California Green Government event calls for action to growing environmental needs.
Takai discusses her findings so far and plans for the future.
As Congress and doctors dither on electronic health records, industry heavyweights unveil another - more personal -- option.
Climate Change clergy demands we live to as-yet undefined green standards.
Jurisdictions expand live 24-hour support as number of online citizen services grows.
Online 3-D mapping tools combine with GIS to deliver better location information.
Surface is a touchscreen tabletop PC that users control with their hands and fingers. One demonstrator showed how easy it is to place a digital camera on Surface and, using one finger, drag images to and from the camera and the hard drive.
2008 presidential candidates are virtually interchangeable, except one: Ron Paul.
New tools like Google Earth and Virtual Earth complement traditional GIS.
Will Schwarzenegger's proposal for a privately managed California lottery pay off?
"The more information you put out there, the more opportunities you give for citizen engagement. You really must loosen the grips of control. Nobody wants to collaborate with a control freak."
Teams from Stanford, Virginia Tech and Carnegie Mellon took the top three spots, with Carnegie Mellon's bot "Boss" winning the event overall.
If states are considered laboratories for democracy, then state CIOs are the lab directors of digital government.
Have you ever visited, or even heard of, these Web sites: Flickr, Digg, IMDB, del.icio.us, Fark, Slashdot, Something Awful, YTMND, I-Mockery or Fazed? If not, you're neglecting the epicenter of the Internet-as-a-community phenomenon.
Supporters try to connect U.S. cities with high-speed railroads. But is government in the way?
Digital cities benefit urban planners. Virtual Earth uses GIS to replicate cities with enough detail to guide urban planners and emergency responders.
As millions of people flock to online alternate worlds, can government afford to be virtually nonexistent?
Revisiting 20 Years of Government Technology magazine
Our overreliance on technology is one of my favorite subjects to harp on. From Roombas to GPS-enabled cars, there are countless examples of technology making our lives ridiculously easy.
Is the Gateway E-2600D up to the grueling task of simultaneously word processing and surfing the Net?
Nanotechnology is on the verge of changing everything -- from cancer treatment to water desalination.
An online tool to report suspicious activity anonymously in Colorado raises fears of racial or cultural profiling.
North Carolina Deputy CIO Bill Willis talks about tackling statewide ID management ... again.
Some states are betting on spaceports to bring in jobs and build an industry.
Net neutrality activists say the Internet is doomed without regulation. Are their fears justified?
Left for dead after the dot-come bust, e-procurement makes a comeback.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention propose a plan for tracking airline passengers electronically to contain the spread of infectious diseases.
Manassas residents are getting connected
Charging ahead despite the potential hidden obstacles.
"Being online means the message is clear and pure."
"History tells us that the word 'impossible' does not exist in California's lexicon -- the Golden State is a place for dreamers, and the dreams are big"
DCStat helps the District of Columbia get to the root of problems.
A little-known GIS program might play an expanding role in policymaking.
Texas' decision to consolidate 12 health and human services agencies into just five means dealing with a hodgepodge of equipment.
The Real ID Act: A national ID card in disguise? Or necessary 21st-century security?
Regional IT initiatives prove the value of shared applications.
The combination of grid computing and utility computing just might be the next big thing.