Smartphone on SPHERE at International Space Station

NASA to test Google 3D mapping smartphones

Project Tango, Google's prototype 3D mapping smartphone, will be used by NASA to help the international space station with satellite servicing, vehicle assembly and formation flying spacecraft configurations.

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RFID tags curb street repair time

Dayton, Ohio, embedded radio frequency identification tags in street cuts, reducing time spent on street inspection and repair.

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Mindfully mobile: Follow basic BYOD hygiene

Most agencies already have technology and policies in place to limit damage from an unprotected or misplaced device. Here are a few quick measures that can help make BYOD feasible for government agencies.

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Sandia Labs unifies security, mobility, comm for next-gen researchers

Microsoft's Lync 2013 gives Sandia's IT managers presence awareness as well as instant messaging, conferencing and telephony tools that can integrate with enterprise collaboration and messaging software.

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Analytics tool tracks higher-ed classroom performance

Connect Insight, a mobile analytics tool, helps instructors visualize how individual students are performing relative to their peers.

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7 steps to unified comm – and control over mobility services

One approach to gaining control over mobile technology management is unified communications, which can centralize and integrate tools such as VoIP, chat, collaboration, video conferencing and social media.

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Agencies mobilize for offline field employees

The Department of Agriculture developed a collection of mobile solutions for field employees who work in offline environments.

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Free situational awareness app gaining traction among California firefighters

The Next-Generation Incident Command System is being used by emergency management agencies in California for planning, response and recovery for risky and hazardous events – many of them wildfires.

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DOD may get helmet-mounted display

BAE’s Q-Warrior increases the soldier's situational awareness by providing textual information on warnings and threats as well as enhanced visual tools.

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Iridium GO! creates Wi-Fi hot spot for smartphones almost anywhere

Iridium GO! is a pocket-sized receiver/transmitter that can also serve as a hot spot, allowing up to five users within a 100-foot radius to make phone calls, send text messages and connect to the Internet.

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Mobile forecast: Tablets take off, smartphones flat

IDC Government Insights expects slower smartphone growth across government but increased use of tablets, especially among state and local governments.

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Can derived credentials turn a phone into an ID manager?

The federal government has been testing derived credentials for smartphone-based remote authentication, but making the plan work is proving to be tricky.