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Brian Heaton

Brian Heaton was a writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines from 2011 to mid-2015.

Fire safety experts have invoked the fire as an example of conflagration hazards and the need for code reform.
Completely virtualized data centers may be the future for large, sophisticated jurisdictions. But they’re still a few years away.
The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative worked with public and private entities to develop a comprehensive assessment that businesses, government agencies, communities and schools can use to get healthier.
The Georgia Technology Authority has partnered with Capgemini to coordinate technology services for the state.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Fire Department and other responders now have access to 4G wireless speed in the field.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Fire Department and other responders now have access to 4G wireless speed in the field.
States are considering a high volume of new proposals about police use and retention of body-worn camera video.
As public-sector agencies continue to invest more heavily in the marketing benefits of social media, they may want to consider legally protecting their slogans.
Elected officials, nonprofit organizations and developers have united under one banner to change the way laws are drafted and accessed in the U.S.
Gatto, a Democrat representing communities in the Los Angeles area, has a number of technology-related bills moving through the California Legislature this year.
After nine years as Raleigh’s tech czar, Roper is leaving the city to direct technology strategy for a private company in Florida.
Texas has joined Arkansas as the only two states that require patients to meet in-person with doctors before assuming a telemedicine relationship.
Assembly Bill 170 strengthens notification standards on parents’ ability to opt out of the state keeping blood samples of their newborn children.
Analytics help New York City firefighters track potential hot spots.
New York City Council Member Ben Kallos continues to sponsor legislation that solves local problems with high-tech answers.
Analytics help New York City firefighters track potential hot spots.
AB 1356 authorizes law enforcement to use a new device to check drivers for use of pot, cocaine and other drugs.
New platform gives journalists, organizations and citizens a new way to watch and research government issues.
Comcast has announced plans for a 2 gbps fiber network in Chattanooga, Tenn., and other select markets in the U.S. But experts are skeptical about its impact.
SB 593 enforces data reporting and tax collection requirements on online vacation rental businesses such as Airbnb.
Providers, academics and privacy advocates discuss the way high-speed Internet has impacted privacy expectations for users, and the government’s ability to protect it.
The First Responder Network Authority seeks comment on its upcoming RFP and enabling legislation.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.
Gov. Terry Branstad’s “Connect Every Acre” measure has passed the state’s House of Representatives and looks for ratification in Senate.
The city’s grid of LED streetlights are being fitted with remote monitoring controls that keep officials apprised of their condition.
Local cops in Pennsylvania will soon be able to electronically share and compare data on criminals -- but the data available may vary depending on the uploading agency.
Coleman will assume a vice president position with the company.
Legislators have halted progress on two bills that would have enabled utilities to expand Internet connectivity outside current service areas in the state.
State legislation would require state and municipal police to get legal permission before using a drone for criminal surveillance.
City staff are beta testing a mobile app to allow residents to file repair requests and complaints.