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Red River Basin Decision Information Network map of Fargo ND

When LIDAR came down to Earth, mapping projects took off

Favorable turns in the cost and quality of light detection and ranging enabled revolutionary mapping projects such as those of the Red River Basin and the Oregon forests. Even doubters concluded LIDAR was "best thing since sliced bread."

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Analytics: Predicting the future (and past and present)

Federal, state and local agencies are tapping into the power of predictive analytics to cut waste or reduce crime, but they're not limited to looking forward.

New Mexico NMRoads map

New Mexico upgrades its Web, mobile experience

The state's transportation department used Adobe Experience Manager, which the company has just updated, to redesign and launch an intuitive website in six months.

Person reporting a pothole with a smartphone app

Fix 311 puts smart phones to work for the city

The app taps phones' GPS and camera features to let users report potholes, public safety issues and other non-emergency problems to authorities without tying up traditional 311 call centers.

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Michigan turns to analytics to stop fraud, waste and abuse

State officials are using SAS Analytics to spot fraudulent unemployment claims before they are paid, as well as detect fraud across state departments.

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Municipal network hitches ride on Florida LambdaRail

Florida's universities have helped established a statewide research and education network that that give local communities such as Boynton Beach high-speed access to the world.

Open data map of Chicago Fare Media Sales Outlets

Which city has the smartest public technology?

A Chicago big data analytics project and a Boston cloud project focused on education are finalists in a competition to pick most innovative tech to improve urban life, city operations.

Statehouse in Austin Texas

Texas readies Office 365 for mission-critical police, health care data

As Texas officials move 100,000 state employees to the cloud, Microsoft is working with the state to ensure that its system meets stringent criminal justice and health-care privacy regulations.

Concept image of Bexar County Texas BiblioTech bookless library

Bookless library foreshadows next-gen students, learning technologies

A Texas county's plans for a bookless library underscores the point that research, training and teaching methods must be redesigned for new technologies or learners will disconnect.

Raytheon One Force mobile collaboration app

One Force app lets first responders collaborate

Raytheon releases a suite of tools for smart phones and other devices that combines voice communications, maps, GPS tracking and image and video sharing.

Harris BeOn managed group communications tool

Using IP to give radio systems a national footprint

A radio-to-IP system brings smart phones into public safety networks but it's no replacement for traditional land mobile radios, users in Mobile County, Ala., say.

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Police ready to lock up mission-critical apps in the cloud

Officials are considering moving criminal justice data, storage, records management, crime reporting and mapping and analysis systems, according to IACP survey

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The best and worst states for online transparency

The Sunshine Review grades every state and the largest counties, cities and school districts within each state on the information they provide to citizens.

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Is the cloud safe enough to lock up law enforcement data?

Actually, yes, if departments take care in selecting providers and ensuring the availability and performance of the service, according to an IJIS Institute report.

Welcome sign in Melrose Massachusetts

Small city breaks new ground as service provider

Melrose, Mass., learned a lesson about bandwidth while providing cloud-based services to a smaller town.