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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.

Eagle County ready for text-to-911

Eagle County ready for text-to-911

Eagle County, Colo. set up its text-to-911 service to meet public expectations for the service, especially among the hard-of-hearing communities.

First responders test links to future public safety net

First responders test future public safety net

At a February ski event, Colorado first responders put LTE mobile broadband to the test in a demo of technologies for a future nationwide public safety network.

FirstNet needs cyber safeguards

Public-safety answering points and other 911 service providers need cybersecurity professionals and continuity plans in case of cyber disasters.

Serious games scoring big in government

Serious games scoring big in government

The growth of big data, analytics and the challenge of getting data consumers to use new tools is driving proliferation of serious games in government.

Report: CompStat does reduce crime

Report: CompStat does reduce crime

CompStat-style programs are responsible for a 5 to 15 percent decrease in crime in cities using the system, according to a recent study by the Brennan Center for Justice.

DHS spurs wearable tech for first responders

DHS spurs wearable tech for first responders

The Department of Homeland Security's EMERGE! Accelerator program is designed to speed development and validation of wearable technology for first responders.

Voting technology: Is it secure yet?

Voting technology: Is it secure yet?

With the presidential election coming up in 2016, many constituencies are considering how they can use technology to secure and streamline the voting process.

Baltimore drafts guidelines for police body cams

A recent draft report addresses the tech concerns cities might have in implementing police body camera programs.

Detroit adopts pay-by-plate parking tech

Detroit adopts pay-by-plate parking tech

Detroit joined the ranks of cities replacing parking meters with an electronic parking system where drivers enter their license plate numbers to pay for parking time, not a parking space.

City streamlines public works requests as part of 311 upgrade

The Elgin, Ill., call center upgrade set the stage for the city to create a workflow and work request system for ‘call before you dig’ requests.

Seattle PD turns to YouTube, hackathon for body cam video dissemination

Seattle PD turns to hackathon, YouTube for video transparency

The Seattle Police Department turned to the tech community to automate redaction of body-cam video before posting it on YouTube.

License plate reader offers nationwide alerts, analytics

License plate reader offers nationwide alerts, analytics

The New York Police Department will use an automated license plate reader database to receive alerts when a stolen vehicle is identified.

How to keep legacy systems from becoming liabilities

How to keep legacy systems from becoming liabilities

A recently released report from Washington state creates an enterprise-level modernization roadmap to tackle the problem of updating legacy IT systems.

San Francisco focuses IoT platform on energy data streams

San Francisco focuses IoT platform on energy data streams

San Francisco is acting as anchor to a group of firms mapping real-time building energy usage data as well streaming information from traffic monitors and mobile devices.