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Cities of big data: Seattle gets more from less power

With sensors and advanced analytics tied together within a cloud infrastructure, the city is looking to cut downtown power use by 10 to 25 percent.


How FDNY uses analytics to find potential fire traps

The Risk Based Inspection System mines data from city agencies to help firefighters prioritize inspections.

Street gang member against a backdrop showing network connections

West Point team builds tool to analyze gang connections

A team at the West Point Military Academy has released details of a software program that is helping local police improve intelligence on street gangs through new techniques for analyzing crime-based social networks.

Kansas City Public Library proposes using Google Fiber for software lending library

Kansas City proposes gigabit-speed software lending library

The Kansas City Public Library is developing a high-speed Software Lending Library that will allow patrons to use software over the Internet, part of a National Science Foundation-funded project for exploring uses of the gigabit Internet.

First responder using a radio from an ambulance

FirstNet offers a look into the makings of nationwide public safety network

The FirstNet board has issued RFIs on industry's ability to provide the technologies required for advanced public-safety grade network services and infrastructure.

A quad rotor vehicle flying to validate research on elements of a futuristic control system

The FAA's rules on domestic UAV flights

The agency is selecting sites for UAV tests that could eventually open up the airways, but for now there are two paths to getting authorization for unmanned flights.

NASA Dryden DROID small unmanned research aircraft

The tech that will make drones safe for civilian skies

Sense-and-avoid technologies are close to ensuring safe UAV flights on a large scale. It's mostly a matter of time, standards and FAA rules.

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.