Russell Nichols

Staff Writer
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office lets public view real-time footage from 10 surveillance cameras to help prevent crime.
Facebook and Twitter bolster new local shared emergency information network that will enable municipalities to deliver instant alerts to citizens.
California and Sprint will team up to deploy system that aims to save lives and protect property by delivering warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones in specified locations.
Georgetown County, S.C., brings 25 of the popular Kindle wireless reading devices to local libraries as part of ongoing push to adopt new technologies and improve youth literacy.
Public safety technology aims to save lives and protect property by delivering warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones in specified locations.
Counterterrorism training for first responders has already resulted in mitigating a terrorist act in progress.
City officials seek to increase efficiency and interactivity with iPads for city council members and a new 411 texting service for citizens.
Facing backlash from privacy advocates, Riverhead, N.Y., has stopped using the free satellite imaging service to find pools that don't have proper permits.
The first black female CIO of New York state went from living in housing projects to launching statewide IT projects.
Santa Rosa County, Fla. used a mobile app to track the flow of the BP oil spill, plans to use the tool for hurricanes and other emergency situations.
Santa Rosa County, Fla., used mobile app to track flow of the BP oil spill, plans to use the tool for hurricanes and other emergency situations.
California officials move forward with program to develop next-generation emergency response systems that integrate text, video and picture services.
The new $1 monthly fee on Internet-based phone service will help Hinds County, Miss., pay for emergency services, such as new technology, call towers and dispatching upgrades.
With tools that can scan miles of rough terrain, identify bodies by heat signatures and pick up vibrations in the ground, border patrol agents can extend protection to cover large areas.
Cape Coral, Fla., expects to save $27,000 a year by subscribing to a national online company that tracks verified commercial property inventory.
With new software, Milwaukee County officials expect to save money, reduce paper and provide citizens with more access to government affairs.
State officials move forward with program to develop next-generation emergency response systems that integrate text, video and picture services.
By purchasing iPad tablet devices, the city expects to enhance efficiency and save hundreds of thousands of dollars in paper usage.
With more than 2,000 payments processed, Arkansas.gov's mobile applications have become one the state's most popular online features.
Massachusetts CIO Anne Margulies is stepping down to become CIO of Harvard. Deputy CIO John Letchford slated to take over as interim CIO.
After years of transitions, city officials believe new IT chief will bring diversified public- and private-sector experience to critical post.
Four years in the making, the Quake-Catcher Network uses inexpensive motion sensors installed in volunteers' computers to collect earthquake data in real time.
Los Angeles County's Quality and Productivity Commission recommends sensor and infrared technology, tracking systems and surveillance satellites as potential tools to detect forest and brush fires.
In an unusual example of shared services, Fort Collins, Colo., will pay the Poudre School District to maintain and upgrade e-mail used by more than 1,800 city employees.
With help from stimulus funds, Ann Arbor, Mich., acquires four garbage trucks outfitted with technology to boost efficiency and keep fuel costs low.
Property owners can apply for a 50 percent match on qualifying projects that improve stormwater drainage.
As part of a multiphase $160 million ERP project, L.A. County's new Web-based payroll system enhances payroll processing and tracking, serves more than 105,000 county workers.
Chief information security officers and technology leaders celebrate President Obama's selection of government and industry veteran Howard Schmidt.
Federal funding will help state enhance cyber-security projects, boost emergency management operations.
Developed from a public-private partnership, Georgia's Web-based statewide information system improves data sharing and produces real-time case records.