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2014 GCN Award Winners

10 public sector projects win GCN Awards for IT excellence

The 2014 GCN Award winning projects range from a system that streamlined a process for victims of physical abuse to obtain protective orders to a cost-saving mobile app by a self-taught Air Force dev team.

Dallas upgrades emergency communications network

Dallas upgrades emergency communications network

Dallas is installing an IP-based packet microwave radio network to enhance the responsiveness of emergency services and provide high-speed networking to other municipal departments.

14 ways to secure controlled info in nonfederal systems

14 ways to secure controlled info in nonfederal systems

NIST’s 14-point draft guidance covers the federal information used for scientific research, background investigations or technology development in systems belonging to contractors, state and local governments and universities.

Wi-Fi-based pay phones in New York City

NYC transforms pay phones into Wi-Fi network

New York City will install multi-function, Wi-Fi-based phone kiosks across the city offering free gigabit Wi-Fi and free domestic calls across the United States.

Chicago DOT maps out project management

Real-time mapping service coordinates Chicago's road work

Using dotMaps, transportation officials in Chicago can quickly see city infrastructure projects to avoid conflicts and maximize efficiency.

Police can store body-cam video in secure Azure cloud

Police can store body-cam video in secure Azure cloud

A partnership between Microsoft and VIEVU, a manufacturer of police body cameras, will let officers transfer their videos to Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released Azure Government Cloud.

Fire Enterprise Geospatial Portal keeps responders ahead of the fire line

GIS portal keeps responders ahead of the fireline

The fusion of 40 data sets from federal, state and local agencies gives the Forest Service's fire managers a central source of spatial data for mapping, decision support, business intelligence and situational awareness.

city enlists citizens in online crime fighting

City enlists citizens in online crime fighting

With the Coplogic online crime-reporting portal, Chico, Calif., police save staff time and improve report accuracy.

Texas takes on its legacy infrastructure

Texas legacy detox: 6 ways to clean up aging IT

A recent report from the Texas Department of Information Resources offers tactics to reduce the state’s dependence on its legacy systems.

Early warning systems for police

Early warning systems fail to flag problem police

A recent review of Los Angeles Police Department’s early warning system found it had limited predictive capabilities.

USDA hones tools to track SNAP fraud

Is food stamp fraud declining? USDA hones tools to find out.

The USDA is working to improve tools and tactics for anti-fraud detection, despite reports that error rates are dropping fast.

NYPD gets 41,000 tablets, handhelds for officers

NYPD gets 41,000 tablets, handhelds for officers

The $160 million initiative will upgrade the NYPD’s mobile platform, allowing the department to outfit up to 6,000 police cars with rugged tablets and provide 35,000 handheld devices for police officers.

NYPA New York Energy Manager control center

Energy hub to improve efficiency in NY public buildings

The New York Energy Manager will provide real-time energy use and trending data for 3,000 state government buildings.

Piqua Fast Fiber Optic SCADA

How a city’s SCADA upgrade turned bandwidth into revenue

The city of Piqua, Ohio, took advantage of the need to replace an aging SCADA network by building enough bandwidth to serve city needs, with some left over to sell.

8 apps for safer city intersections

8 apps for safer city intersections

Winning apps in New York City’s Connected Intersections Challenge used wearable devices and smartphone sensors in effort to drive down traffic fatalities and injuries.