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Seattle skyline at night

Microsoft gets into the smarter city game

CityNext will help cities choose a combination of cloud technology, mobile devices, data analytics, and social networks to tackle the challenges of urbanization.

Monroe Mobile app for disaster assessment

App provides disaster assessment on the fly with ArcGIS Online

A Michigan county is using WebMapSolutions to build a mobile app that provides faster, more complete damage assessments.

Emergency Alert System vulnerability

EAS vulnerability exposes the soft underbelly of firmware

Sensitive keys included in freely available firmware opened the Emergency Alert System to attack, and researchers say the incident could be just the tip of the iceberg.

Screenshot from Rochester Institute of Technology serious game for GIS disaster response

Serious game tests GIS, disaster response skills

A Rochester Institute of Technology team comes up with a GIS-based game involving toxic materials that can be adapted to other scenarios.

iRobot 110 FirstLook

Throwable robot takes the point in dangerous situations

The 110 FirstLook from iRobot can be tossed through a window or over a wall, then explore its surroundings while sending back images.

Man texting for help in front of a brush fire

Next steps in making text-to-911 a reality

Major wireless carriers already have committed to delivering text messages to 911 by May 2014, and the FCC is considering rules to expand the requirement to all carriers and third-party providers.

Businessman drawing agile development diagram

Why agencies are learning to love agile development

From Texas to the State Department to USPS, agencies are finding big and small ways to apply agile methodologies.

Back of police car with words emergency dial 911

Text-to-911: Call when you can, text when you must

As text-to-911 service begins appear around the country, the FCC, public safety agencies and carriers warn that it is a complement to and not a substitute for voice calls in an emergency.

Durham emergency communications center

When NextGen 911 services show up, cloud-based call centers will be ready

Durham, N.C., is one a handful of jurisdictions that have moved 911 call centers to the cloud, preparing to implement a full range of IP-based services as they become available.

Man with computer screen for head in server room

Can automated security put agencies a step ahead of the hackers?

A growing number of products can help automate IT security; Nevada's DOT found they can help in other areas, too.

Ambulance rushing to emergency

App would give 911 operators control of callers' smart phones

The Android app being developed at the University of North Texas would let dispatchers use a smart phone's camera and sensors to get a better view of an emergency.

Christie Roadster HD10K M DLP projector

Christie projector puts Endeavour's final journey on the big screen

The company's Roadster DLP projector shows its strength in large settings.

Woman on couch with laptop browsing Arkansas unclaimed property portal

E-filing portal helps state give away a treasure trove of unclaimed property

A combination of an e-filing portal and LexisNexis identity verification services automates filing and verification of people applying to claim abandoned assets.

Illinois state house on a cloudy day

States are being pound-foolish in moving slowly to the cloud

Tight budgets might be keeping states from plunging into cloud computing, but the benefits would be substantial, especially for programs such as Medicaid that are nearly identical from state to state.

Clouds in shape of Earth

5 years down the road: The cloud of clouds

Interoperability standards will create a world of interconnected clouds fraught with opportunities and security risks, experts say.