State Local


broadband

Will Internet access improve in 2014?

FCC's Connect America Fund received over $255 million to provide broadband access to homes and businesses in rural areas of 41 states.

identity  theft

Indiana combats tax refund fraud with ID verification

The state's Department of Revenue plans to combat tax refund fraud with a new identity management system slated to debut this month.

smart city

5 steps to jumpstart your city's cloud

Financial pressures and the drive to provide better citizen services have cities looking, and slowly moving, to the cloud. Here’s how to start the process.

video visit

Will 'Skype for jail' replace in-person visits for inmates?

Corrections facilities across the United States are turning to virtual-meetings tech to help eliminate the expense and logistics of managing in-person visits, reduce contraband and provision health care.

traffic stop

Austin Police move in-car video into the 21st century

The Austin Police Department replaced its aging VHS video recording system with a faster, greener, more cost-effective digital system to document police activity on the streets.

California State Assembly

Wiki to crowdsource changes to Calif. probate code

Citizens can draft, edit and view the bill's history via a wiki set up by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

accelerate

Infor accelerates government systems deployment

Infor Implementation Accelerators deliver templates via Web platforms and desktop customization for common government processes.

metro

Cloud-based analytics keeps Montreal's buses full and ridership growing

A combination of cloud computing and business analytics has helped the city of Montreal track the habits of individual public transit riders — and reward their loyalty.

police officer

App gives police access to oft-used info, unclogging 911 dispatch centers

Badge Buddy cuts down on officers' reliance on dispatchers for relaying of noncritical information, saving time, improving efficiency.

social DC

DC transforms social media site with citizen-service analytics

The D.C. government used analytics to transform a social media project from a one-way public relations effort into a community-based platform for listening to residents and collaborating on public-service improvements.

Online tax lien auction

New Jersey town takes the taxing out of tax collection

Red Bank now conducts its tax lien auctions online, speeding payments and improving efficiency.

hacking

ISO: Open-source tools to liberate data from PDFs

In an effort to expand open-source PDF conversion options, the Sunlight Foundation is holding the PDF Liberation Hackathon, dedicated to improving open-source tools for PDF extraction.

subway

Glitches slow Chicago transit e-fare system

The roll-out of Chicago's new electronic open-fare public transit payment system has been stymied by authentication and accounting errors.

big data tools

Next big things in big data: Visualization, knowledge clouds, fast clusters

The open-source cluster computing tool called Spark speeds programming and can run up to 100 times faster than Hadoop Map Reduce.

GPS

Boston police cruisers get fitted with GPS tracking

Administrators say the units will improve the department's emergency responsiveness, giving dispatchers the ability to see the locations of officers rather than waiting for a radio response.