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GPS

GPS accuracy still not good enough for emergencies

Location-based wireless services are in high demand, especially in public safety, but getting an accurate fix on mobile devices remains a challenge.

cloud money

Cloud gaining traction as state and local cost-cutter

Nearly half of the government IT professionals in a survey said their state or municipality has migrated or plans to move applications to the cloud, according to a Unisys study.

police crowd

California PD tests the limits of cellphone tracking

Mountain View police recently tested an opt-in system from Polaris and found that it mostly works, though there are trade-offs.

Managers concerned about IT budgets, cybersecurity

IT managers: The biggest threat to infrastructure isn't cyber

Reducing costs, improving security, boosting efficiency are the top priorities for federal, state and local agencies, according to a Cisco survey.

Emergency call center operator

Richmond's alarm tech cuts 911 errors, speeds call center operations

The city of Richmond, Va., and its partners developed the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol that offers a better way to deliver information from alarm monitoring companies to emergency operators.

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Microsoft's Azure for government will have a US touch

The Windows Azure U.S. Government Cloud for state, local and federal agencies will be hosted in U.S. data centers and managed by U.S. citizens.

digital video recording system in a police car

Austin police boost transparency, data management with digital video

The Austin Police Department's digital video recording system in its police car fleet that gives officers total confidence that their interactions with the public will be recorded, uploaded and archived.

VALET

Visual analytics app gives police a nearly omniscient view

Purdue University researchers' VALET combines crime, traffic, geospatial, weather and other data on one screen for real-time situational awareness and predictive capabilities.

Go pass

Public transit gets on the bus with smartphone ticketing

Dallas-Fort Worth and Portland are among the latest to let customers buy bus and rail tickets with their smartphones, and riders are responding.

exchange

Most Obamacare exchanges performed well in opening days

Despite anecdotal reports of glitches with the launch of federal and state health insurance exchange sites under the Affordable Care Act, most performed well, according to website monitoring service Keynote Systems.

Brooklyn Bridge

How analytics is making NYC's streets and buildings safer

The "Mayor's Geek Squad" builds a DataBridge to integrate data from 40 agencies and find previously unknown patterns and relationships for the city to follow up on.

Water gushing out of a pipe

Analytics will help cities manage water supplies, repair aging infrastructure

IBM Smarter Cities software offers advanced cloud-based analytics to help cities run more efficiently and offer better citizen services.

parking

If you want a smarter city, start with parking. Yes, parking.

With a new generation of municipal Wi-Fi coming online to support smart city infrastructure, parking management turns out to give a good bang for the buck.

streetline

Muni Wi-Fi: This time it's more than public Internet access

Cisco is betting that a new generation of municipal Wi-Fi, incorporating the Internet of Things, will enable smarter management of city infrastructure and better delivery of city services.

Multiple clouds in a computer network

NetApp serves up common fabric for storage, data management across hybrid clouds

Company's Data ONTAP software will provide a storage and data management foundation.