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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.

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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.

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Agile is key to making the most of public-sector IT

Agile development tactics break projects into smaller chunks, let IT teams keep up with changes, and prevent “scope creep.”

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Records dilemma: When in doubt, throw it out?

Some agencies are tackling their records management problems by deciding not to digitize paper records.

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Splunk ties relational, machine data for better analytics

DB Connect integrates structured data from relational databases with machine data, giving analyst better insights to make informed decision in real-time.

Fingerprint electronic matching AFIS

Law enforcement, NIST making fingerprint files easier to search

Group has developed a standard features set to use for fingerprint identification, and NIST now has the technical specs to make searches interoperable.

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How one county dragged its processes out of the Paper Age

Humboldt County, Calif., streamlines its permitting process with Interneer BPM software, which features drag-and-drop management and public access for tracking applications.

Aegis Secure Key

Tamper-proof key drive gets Level 3 validation

The Aegis Secure Key, with a numeric keypad and 256-bit AES encryption, meets the standards for FIPS 140-2 Level 3.

Using robotic lidar technology Penbay staff created an accurate floor map of the underground infrastructure in Philadelphia that connects several buildings along Market Street

What's next: Urban mapping, down to the doorknob

Using a robotic LIDAR platform, Philadelphia captured building interiors with CAD, 3D and video models of the structures and their contents, even furniture.

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New electronic payment system could catch on in government

Iowa has adopted Dwolla's real-time, fixed-fee online and mobile payment system and plans to use the platform at all levels of state government.

Red River Basin Decision Information Network map of Fargo ND

When LIDAR came down to Earth, mapping projects took off

Favorable turns in the cost and quality of light detection and ranging enabled revolutionary mapping projects such as those of the Red River Basin and the Oregon forests. Even doubters concluded LIDAR was "best thing since sliced bread."

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Analytics: Predicting the future (and past and present)

Federal, state and local agencies are tapping into the power of predictive analytics to cut waste or reduce crime, but they're not limited to looking forward.

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New Mexico upgrades its Web, mobile experience

The state's transportation department used Adobe Experience Manager, which the company has just updated, to redesign and launch an intuitive website in six months.

Person reporting a pothole with a smartphone app

Fix 311 puts smart phones to work for the city

The app taps phones' GPS and camera features to let users report potholes, public safety issues and other non-emergency problems to authorities without tying up traditional 311 call centers.