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Massachusetts launches open cloud to spur big data R&D

The Commonwealth teams up with universities and high tech firms to launch a cloud marketplace geared to sharing compute capacity and services.


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.

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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.


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.

Colorado turns to Drupal for Web development

The state joins the growing ranks of open-source devotees that use Drupal to expand features and cut developer overhead and overall costs.


How data virtualization can help government hone services and cut costs

The move to open data policies are spawning new approaches of data virtualization to exploit and manage an expanding number of government information sources.

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Agile helps Alabama build portal for shift to Medicaid

Alabama launches new online portal for children's and women's health care coverage.

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Richmond fixes bad connection with local alarm companies

A public safety team in Richmond, Va., set off on a two-year quest to shorten the time between when alarm companies contact emergency services and when help is dispatched.

cloud computing

Fujitsu offers BYO cloud solution

The Cloud Integration Platform will let enterprises work with public or private cloud services, and non-cloud applications, through a single portal.

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Lessons from Alabama's NG911: Cutting edge can cut both ways

The state's IP Next Generation 911 network will not be fully up and running until well beyond the original 18-month timetable, pointing up the need to set realistic goals in pioneering tech programs.


Alabama begins rolling out IP network for 911 calling

Alabama's Next Generation 911 system will be one of the first in the nation to move all of the state's 911 traffic to an IP network, opening the door for advanced text, video and data services.

shared services

Lack of awareness slows cloud shared services, providers say

In launching shared services, agencies find ways to build awareness of their offerings and to overcome misunderstanding about the cloud.

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Agencies drift toward cloud-based shared services

Government agencies must decide whether sharing services from cloud providers could be cheaper than building their own.

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Police fire GPS 'cannon' to track suspects, reduce car chases

The StarChase system includes an air launcher in the grill of a cruiser and sticky GPS devices that attach to a vehicle so it can be tracked.


Prisons turn to analytics software for parole decisions

Risk assessment programs weigh factors beyond the traditional considerations of parole boards and seem to be having an effect.