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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.