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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.

Digital file cabinets

How to re-engineer for automation

In automating a workflow process, the success depends largely on how well the underlying process has been designed.

Firemen running

DC tests ID management for first responders

The challenges of controlling physical access in emergencies may be solved by a nationwide network of standard first responder credentials.

Fairfax County Police Events crime mapping application

Fairfax County builds searchable crime-data mapping app

Fairfax County's mapping team has developed the Police Event search engine and mapping tool that makes crime data open and easy to use for both developers and end users.

Mobile app gives Texans access to public safety services

Mobile app gives Texans access to public safety services

The Texas Department of Public Safety's mobile app gives Texans access to the state's Sex Offender Registry, Texas 10 Most Wanted program and other valuable resources.

Houston 311 mobile app

Houston joins migration to enhanced 311 services

Houston has expanded the city’s 311 non-emergency reporting system from a telephony-based network to one that now supports email, a web mobile app and heat maps of citizen calls.

Smartphone with Utah statehouse

How Utah stays on top of the mobile adoption curve

The state of Utah has learned that in mobile technology, it pays to track where the adoption curve is trending rather than to wait for users to arrive first, says state chief technology officer David Fletcher.

Philadelphia taps Big Ideas for small IT contracting

Philly taps Big Ideas for small IT contracting

The city of Philadelphia has multiplied the number of small vendors responding to its RFPs by setting up a customized open source cloud portal designed for startup firms.

cloud-based ITSM support tool

Washington state deploys cloud-based ITSM support tool

To help consolidate five departments into one, the Department of Enterprise Services chose an IT Service Management (ITSM) tool that supported a standardized IT support workflow.

Indiana data hub

Indiana data hub powers efficiency, data-driven solutions

The state of Indiana is developing a data hub to improve data efficiency across government, track the state's progress against key performance indicators and develop policy solutions.

Agencies prep for arctic emergencies

Agencies prep for arctic oil spills

In the Arctic Shield 2014 exercise, researchers will test technologies for oil-spill remediation, emergency response, satellite communications and mapping and visualization.

E-procurement tools automate purchasing cycle

E-procurement tools automate purchasing cycle

BidSync has added two new products to its e-procurement suite, creating a cloud-based solution that automates every phase of the purchasing cycle.

With fax in the cloud, Charles County streamlines workflow

With fax in the cloud, Charles County streamlines workflow

Charles County found a way to leverage its VoIP network to update and secure its faxing services, while drastically reducing costs.

USGS mapping efforts in Alaska

USGS chips away at high-res 3D map of the United States

A set of technical maps with elevation data of the entire United States would generate public safety cost savings and spawn decision support tools for flood management, agriculture and vehicle navigation, backers say.

Futuristic cityscape

NIST kicks off round 2 of SmartAmerica Challenge

The Global City Teams Challenge is a contest to develop advanced networking technologies to address critical community interests, including air quality, traffic management and emergency services coordination.