State Local


Calif. tax board cuts paper, speeds service, drops fees with app

The California Franchise Tax Board, overwhelmed by requests from business for letters of good standing, built an online self-service app that saved both sides time and money.

Financial data

Austin opens its books via financial portal

The city's Financial Services Department stayed in-house to build a dynamic financial portal that meets the needs citizens, vendors and auditors.


Texas gives truckers right of way with automated permit, mapping system

The DMV Motor Carrier Division's trucking permit and routing system has already paid for itself, in dollars, safety and improved morale.

Data integration

CalPERS broke the mold to get systems modernized

California retirement agency interpreted a hard deadline as permission to do what was necessary. Then they did it.

Innocon Mini Falcon UAV software

UAV video quality gets a boost from new software

Software such as Inmint’s Vidhance lets UAVs track objects, reduce blur and stabilize video feeds.

ICS industrial control system

Kaspersky Labs plans industrial control OS to fend off Stuxnet-like malware

A secure, bare-bones operating system designed strictly for industrial systems could protect critical infrastructure, the founder of the Russian company says.

bank cyber security

Hackers fleece a city account as cyberattacks focus on banks

The theft of $400,000 from a Burlington, Wash., account handling employee payroll and some citizen payments comes on the heels of warnings that U.S. banks were being targeted.

Maryland online voter registration

Report: 2 states' online registration systems vulnerable to hackers, fraud

Flaws in the voter databases in Mayland and Washington state would allow hackers to effectively prevent people from voting, the New York Times reports.

Polling Place VoterHub

VoterHub app a one-stop shop for election info

State and local election officials contributed data on polling places and ballot to an AT&T-led effort that can help get informed voters to the polls.

4 waves of cloud: Are agencies along for the ride?

The public sector has moved toward cloud computing, but has it been enough of a catalyst to ensure interoperability?

Win 8

If migrating to Windows 8, leave no app behind

Laplink’s PCmover can automate the process and can solve some of the difficulties of moving from an older versions of Windows.

Cities expected to spend $4.8B on big data and cloud by 2017

Communication, data sharing and application development will play a key role for city governments over the next five years, according to Pike Research.

NASCIO offers states guidance on trusted digital identity

The group's report can help states use their digital infrastructure to securely conduct business with other states, organizations and the public.

What is LTE, and why is it right for a public safety network?

The details of a national public safety network have yet to be worked out, but the consensus is it will be based on the emerging Long Term Evolution standard.

Public safety network has ‘eye-opening’ first real-world test

Police on the street and in the crowd used iPhones for encrypted voice, data and video, free of the congestion that can hamper a commercial wireless network.