State Local

Too much data as businessman sits on raft in storm at sea

Is big data big trouble for state, local governments?

A MeriTalk survey finds that many agencies lack the storage capacity, computing power and personnel to handle the data they have.

Hampden County Courthouse

Document retrieval slow? It might be all in how you look at it.

Online processes were slowing down in Hampden County's registry of documents, which date back to 1636. An any-format viewer solved the problem.

NIST worker tests radio in New York City subway station

Can emergency radio gear get clear in tunnels, skyscrapers?

Tests in New York subways and the Empire State Building could help set new standards for equipment used by firefighters in urban settings.

AOptix iphone biometric tool

App, case turns iPhone into on-the-spot biometric scanner

The hardware and software package from AOptix would allow police and the military to take fingerprint, iris, face and voice readings in the field.

Northwoods Compass CoPilot tablet suite for social workers

Tablet suite saves case workers their most valuable commodity

Social workers in Fairfield County, Ohio, no longer have to schedule "paperwork days" after adopting Compass CoPilot for tablets.

Information from paper forms entered into laptop

Two states overhaul IT to boost social services

Arkansas and South Carolina scrap older systems for cloud-based technologies and big data analytic software.

Digital fingerprint with data

Police tap layman-friendly analytics to track gang activity

The Crime Analysis Unit in Alexandria, Va., adopts uReveal, which lets analysts fuse and extract knowledge from any type of data, structured or unstructured.

System administrator busy

5 agency IT processes crying out for automation

Government sysadmins are capable of innovation, but it's tough when you're busy maintaining the status quo via manual processes.

Rescue squad interoperable communications

Ultimate public safety network is far off, but there are comm options

While first responders wait for the creation of a single nationwide public safety network, a variety of technologies are already providing interoperability.

Gamer in office

Agencies should know the 4 types of gamers

Agencies getting into gamification need to know their audience, starting with which of the four types of gamers they want to attract.

First responder talking on a radio

Why LTE is the next generation in wireless

The emerging Long Term Evolution standard offers a path toward a national public safety network that will provide mission-critical reliability with commercial availability.

Firemen consulting a tablet computer

FirstNet's first task: Find out what responders need

The success of the First Responder Network Authority's plan for a nationwide network depends on meeting the needs of more than 60,000 federal, state, local and tribal agencies.

Fireman using a radio to communicate

Can FirstNet create a truly nationwide public safety network?

The new federal organization has the daunting task of creating a first-of-its kind network with unprecedented geographic coverage and reliability for more than 60,000 federal, state, local and tribal agencies.

North Miami Beach uses the online 311 reporting application Fix It NMB

City sees a lot more than potholes in mobile reporting apps

Cloud-based services let residents and city employees report problems; North Miami Beach wants to use that data to anticipate problems and allocate resources.

Armor X10 rugged tablet FDNY

FDNY medical crews to arrive at the scene with Armor tablets

The rugged tablets, along with DRS Technologies' EVDO routers, will let crew establish two-way links from the scene of an emergency to a hospital.