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National Technology Snapshot

A 50-state roundup of information technology news and events.

by / November 30, 1997
The city of Daphne is using new underground technologies that enable contractors to lay, rehabilitate and upgrade pipe and cable without digging open trenches, which saves construction, labor and restoration costs. Innovation Groups.

The state Telecommunications Information Council has established Microsoft Office 4.2 as the minimum mandatory software standard for all executive branch departments in the state.

The city of Yuma awarded a contract to E.F. Johnson Co. for an 800 MHz trunked radio system, which will link the city's public-safety agencies. The system is the first phase of a plan to improve radio communications, build a new communications center and eventually link other city departments to the radio system. Dispatch Monthly.

The Department of Human Services' "ConnectCare" program was selected as a "Top Ten" Innovation in American Government for 1997. The department will receive a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation for its program, which uses technology to improve services to Medicaid recipients.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has implemented a FileNet enterprise document management solution. The new system provides employees and member agencies immediate access to millions of documents.

The city of Loveland is using a new system from HTE Inc. that combines document imaging with HTE software applications. The system allows cities to scan, store and organize hard-copy documents in an easy-to-access electronic format.

The town of Stonington plans to improve data sharing between departments by using GIS to manage geographically-related information and data. Arc News.

New Castle County contracted with Hansen Information Technologies for software that will manage permits, inspections and customer service.

Seminole County contracted with HTE Inc. for a new outsourcing service that will enable the county to turn over the management of their computer-related functions to HTE.

Clayton County installed a Motorola Centralink system to help integrate its telephone and radio systems. Emergency dispatchers can now use one handset to handle any communication they receive. Dispatch Monthly.

Kealakehe High School, one of two new Hawaiian schools, is serving as a high-tech model school. Each classroom has at least five multimedia computers, laser printers, color printers and scanners. Every classroom is also wired for high-speed local- and wide-area networking, and all faculty, administrators, teachers and students have e-mail addresses.

The Idaho Personnel Commission now has its own Web page at . State job announcements are listed on the site.

The Criminal Justice Information Authority and the University of Illinois at Chicago recently completed a collaborative project designed to help the criminal justice community use the Internet. The project involved working with the Illinois Attorney General's Office to make opinions, press releases and other information available to the public via the Web. The Compiler.

The city of Indianapolis compiled GIS data for use in Ids Digital Map Publishing's Digital Map Data CD-ROM, which gives businesses true desktop access to geographic information.

Cedar Rapids purchased a Motorola ASTRO two-way radio communications system that will be used by the city's police and fire departments. The $4.4 million system uses the latest digital technology to provide personnel with new, sophisticated communications features.

The city of Olathe is using PlanGraphics Inc. to perform data integration, database design and other GIS implementation activities.

Gov. Paul E. Patton is leading an effort to make state government more efficient and effective by using the latest technology. Called EMPOWER Kentucky, the effort is intended to fundamentally change the way Kentucky does business by reducing costs, increasing revenues and improving services. Now in the planning stages, the project will focus on specific implementations of technology as it progresses.

The Central Louisiana Electric Company has selected ESRI to provide an enterprise GIS solution to help redefine business processes and improve information management across the organization.

The Maine Turnpike Authority, in partnership with AT/Comm, launched the Transpass electronic toll collection (ETC) system. The ETC allows motorists with the Transpass device to drive through toll gates without stopping.

The state selected BDM International Inc. as a preferred Year 2000 contractor.

Gov. Paul Cellucci and Public Safety Secretary Kathleen O'Toole formally announced completion of the statewide enhanced 911 emergency system. The new system links 6 million residents in 351 communities with emergency dispatch services.

Department of Community Health Director James K. Haveman Jr. and Department of Management and Budget Director Mark A. Murray announced that the Women, Infants and Children nutrition supplement program is now Year 2000 compliant.

Lt. Gov. Joanne Benson addressed hundreds of students and faculty during a videoconference with 17 schools in northeast Minnesota to celebrate the availability of interactive video, Internet and high-speed connectivity for over 55,000 students and faculty.

On behalf of the Department of Human Services, the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services contracted with COMSYS for the design, development and implementation of a statewide automated child welfare information system. FSI State and Local.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is using the Internet and a Web-enabled application to process federal grant applications.

BDM International will manage the state's New Hire Reporting program, which is required by the 1996 welfare reform law.

Steven L. Henderson, state deputy administrator of central data processing, was named to the 1997-98 Executive Committee of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives.

The city of Las Vegas licensed the BANNER Criminal, Traffic, Extended Case Information and Accounting System, by SCT Government Systems. The system allows city employees to adjudicate criminal misdemeanors, traffic violations and municipal ordinance violations with greater efficiency.

New Hampshire
The Department of Safety authorized a contract with Q & A Consulting Inc. to produce drivers' licenses with imaging technology.

New Jersey
Commissioner of Education Leo Klagholz conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the state's Education Technology Training Centers. The centers will play a catalytic role in the ongoing expansion of educational technology in the state.

New Mexico
Gov. Gary Johnson announced that a new long-distance telecommunications contract was awarded to MCI that will save the state an estimated $1 million per year during the contract's four-year term.

New York
New York City's Department of Environmental Protection has completed a major portion of an extensive citywide water main mapping project. The department has also begun preliminary discussions for the mapping of the city's entire sewer system.

North Carolina
The counties of Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Watauga and Caldwell are working with Bell Atlantic to enable wireless services in those remote areas of the state.

North Dakota
A statewide conference on telemedicine, hosted by Gov. Ed Schafer, covered a variety of telemedicine subjects and examined models for statewide implementation that have been successful in other states.

The Rehabilitation Services Commission contracted with Software AG and Digital Equipment Corp. to provide software and hardware upgrades to the state's vocational rehabilitation services.

Gov. Frank Keating demonstrated a new videoconferencing unit he received by holding a videoconference with the chancellor of the Regents for Higher Education.

Lake County licensed PeopleSoft Financial and PeopleSoft HRMS for Public Sector. Using the software, the county expects to better manage the payroll requirements for the 1,450 employees that comprise five different unions.

Allentown is using a wireless enhanced 911 system from XYPOINT to automatically provide emergency dispatchers with vital information about wireless calls.

Rhode Island
The state enacted H 5323, which allows tax credits for donations of new high-tech equipment to schools.

South Carolina
The state's public television station, SC ETV, received $194,000 as part of the Star Schools initiative to improve math, science and foreign language education through the effective use of technology.

South Dakota
The Purchasing and Printing Office extended a contract with Cabletron Systems for a variety of networking equipment.

The city of Jackson is now tracking calls to city government offices on a computer. The goal is to ensure accountability, track problems, make follow-ups and record response times to complaints from residents. Nation's Cities Weekly.

The Department of Human Services launched a statewide fraud prevention system, known as the Lone Star Imaging System, to prevent welfare recipients from receiving duplicate benefits using false identifies.

The Grand County Road Department is using GIS to make county road information easier to manage. The project has helped keep roads clear and open.

The Office of the Secretary of State's menu of online database searches -- at -- now reports on gifts given to state officials by lobbyists, along with other lobbyist disclosure information.

The city of Fairfax is using cameras and other detection equipment to monitor high-accident intersections and to send traffic violators an automated ticket.

The Municipal Court of Seattle's Probation Department is seeking to acquire a comprehensive probation case-management software system. Requests for information can be e-mailed to .

West Virginia
Under the Computers for Seniors program, the state is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to loan computers to senior centers in the state.

Gov. Tommy G. Thompson accepted 60 used computers from American Medical Security Inc. for the state's Computer Recycling Program. The computers will be repaired and upgraded by prison inmates for use in education.

The Great Plains Partnership Council, co-chaired by Gov. Jim Geringer, met in October to see how technology is being used to manage ranching operations that are beneficial to plants and wildlife.

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