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Statehouse in Austin Texas

Texas readies Office 365 for mission-critical police, health care data

As Texas officials move 100,000 state employees to the cloud, Microsoft is working with the state to ensure that its system meets stringent criminal justice and health-care privacy regulations.

Concept image of Bexar County Texas BiblioTech bookless library

Bookless library foreshadows next-gen students, learning technologies

A Texas county's plans for a bookless library underscores the point that research, training and teaching methods must be redesigned for new technologies or learners will disconnect.

Raytheon One Force mobile collaboration app

One Force app lets first responders collaborate

Raytheon releases a suite of tools for smart phones and other devices that combines voice communications, maps, GPS tracking and image and video sharing.

Harris BeOn managed group communications tool

Using IP to give radio systems a national footprint

A radio-to-IP system brings smart phones into public safety networks but it's no replacement for traditional land mobile radios, users in Mobile County, Ala., say.

Police car speeding toward clouds on horizon

Police ready to lock up mission-critical apps in the cloud

Officials are considering moving criminal justice data, storage, records management, crime reporting and mapping and analysis systems, according to IACP survey

California state capitol building

The best and worst states for online transparency

The Sunshine Review grades every state and the largest counties, cities and school districts within each state on the information they provide to citizens.

Officer closing safe door

Is the cloud safe enough to lock up law enforcement data?

Actually, yes, if departments take care in selecting providers and ensuring the availability and performance of the service, according to an IJIS Institute report.

Welcome sign in Melrose Massachusetts

Small city breaks new ground as service provider

Melrose, Mass., learned a lesson about bandwidth while providing cloud-based services to a smaller town.

Memphis Police Department Real Time Crime Center

Predictive analysis grows as crime-prevention tool

Police departments are adding the algorithm-driven software to their public safety arsenal to reduce felony crimes.

Man looks quizzically at VHS tape

Oklahoma jail's lesson: Don't get fooled by familiar tech

Too many agencies stick with the tried, true and the outdated rather than upgrading to more efficient new technology.

Sunrise in Nevada desert

Nevada brings big data to the desert

The state and the Desert Research Institute partner with IBM to use analytics and advanced research applications for scientific research, education and economic development.

Monitoring prisoners with HD video

A picture worth 200 guards: Jail installs HD video, violence drops 90 percent

The Oklahoma County Jail got a clear view of the benefits of a manageable high-def video surveillance system, which cut costs and reduced altercations at the crowded facility.

Frightened woman calls for help

Caveat texter: Text-to-911 is not a substitute for voice calls

A text message to 911 is still a text message, subject to SMS limitations. In an emergency, it's still better to call.

Smartphone user

911 texting moves to real world

How the FCC, states and the telecom industry are taking steps to bring SMS texting into the nation's 911 emergency call systems.

Chicago Cloud Gate sculpture by Anish Kapoor in Millennium Park

Chicago moving 30,000 employees' e-mail to Microsoft cloud

Cloud strategy is part of the city's move toward modernizing its digital infrastructure while improving employees' access to mobile tools and reaping significant cost savings.