Hilton Collins, Staff Writer

Hilton Collins

Hilton Collins is a former staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines.

Municipalities use tech for everything from mapping disaster relief to improving energy use and street traffic.
From projects that assist visually impaired pedestrians to games that motivate residents to exercise more often, these deployments emphasize the beauty, fun and tranquility in a bustling urban environment.
New York City's economic development corporation partnered with the private sector to create a platform for anyone interested in the local tech scene.
It's a given that autonomous cars are on the way, but the technology's early iterations will likely need a lot of improvement to handle busy environments.
Concrete that automatically mends would mean streets and structures repair their own cracks, facilitating longer-lasting infrastructure that spares public-sector budgets from upkeep costs.
Scientists are examining different forms of self-healing concrete, which means that the first morphing building or street may soon be on the horizon.
The app’s failure hasn't prevented the city and local start-ups from taking other steps to make finding and paying for city parking spaces a lot easier.
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.
The city's integration of modern technology into everyday services indicates that tech is a large part of its growth and improvement efforts.
Juggling documents and keeping track of appointments should be easier with this tool.
The technology is here, but will guns from 3-D printers become a problem?
If successful, the Air Force’s projects could produce fighting men and women who are the envy — and fear — of other military forces.
The days of waiting weeks or months for new map data are being left behind and GIS data's becoming more accessible.
Security experts at the Black Hat USA conference weigh in.
At Black Hat USA 2014, experts weigh in on the direction cybersecurity technology must take to protect systems.
Securing the technology that supports society can’t be ignored, but cyberthreats are so pervasive that accomplishing complete privacy and security seems futile.
Free platform from the Department of Homeland Security identifies software flaws, hoping to make a dent in the $100 billion U.S. cybercrime industry.
There should be more accountability — and less legal leeway — for the software vendors and their technology's source code.
Sophisticated robotics and technology may subtly find their way into the office, the living room or the doctor's office.
Developers designed free apps that use public geospatial data to help users make eco-friendly choices.
U.S. Commerce Secretary, speaking at Esri meeting, says open data creates jobs and drives billions in revenue.
Wickr, the Guardian Project and Tor exemplify the digital paranoia that's taking shape in the U.S.
The nascent kill switch movement appears to be an outgrowth of anti-theft commitments smartphone manufacturers made earlier this year.
The bulk of drone usage will shift from military operations to agricultural applications soon, which couldn't make many farmers happier — if the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't ruin the party.
This year, multiple international organizations are joining forces to develop a deeper understanding of the brain using innovative neurotechnologies.
A huge limitation to the advancement of 3-D printing of organic tissue has been supplying them with blood throughout the process. But enthusiasts have reason to hope.
Five years ago, people didn't understand the need for secure devices; now audiences everywhere nod their heads in approval when the topic is broached.
California's geographic information officer says he's certain it can.
Unfortunately, however, California's current organizational system isn't structured to attract that kind of employee to the state workforce.
It’s nothing new — just ask anyone with a pacemaker — but multiple companies and manufacturers are developing implantable products that have the potential to be life altering.