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Photos and videos uploaded into the cloud

Police get free multimedia platform, storage during emergencies

Designed to handle photo and video uploads from citizens, the Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository helps officials collaboratively manage, organize and analyze crowdsourced media in the cloud.

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Big data in Raleigh: Opening up and reaching out

The city of Raleigh, N.C., is reaching out to partner municipalities to maximize its big data potential.

Payphones on a New York City street

NYC replacing payphones with Wi-Fi hotspots

Wi-Fi network connection points will be installed in NYC public payphone kiosks, replacing the aging devices. The hotspots will also still include an option for voice services and offer free calling to 911 and 311.

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In Buffalo, big data drives precision 311 'clean sweeps'

Buffalo uses customer service software to create density maps of citizen 311 complaints and orchestrate 'clean sweeps' of two- and three-block areas.

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Big data solutions for city management

IBM announced three cloud-based Smarter Cities management centers, which will help cities use their own data to gain insight into citizen services and improve decision making.

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Chicago readies the next-generation big data network

In July Chicago will mount sensors on light poles, the first stage of a big data collection and analysis system that the city plans to open up to other jurisdictions.

Virtual firing range at Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

Virtual firearms training minimizes cost, and danger

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers is currently testing one of the most advanced, networked virtual firearms training ranges, which officials anticipate should become fully operational later this year.

Open data in government

NASCIO: Open data efforts maturing

A new report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers finds that open data initiatives are advancing, enabling state and local governments to create innovative ways of delivering data to individual, business and government consumers.

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Website ads help support Washington state’s DOT

Ads on the Washington state Department of Transportation's website generate $7,000 a month in revenues.

Parking in the city

API offers real-time parking data for cities, universities

Currently in private beta, the API links parking availability information from Streetline to mobile and Web apps, dynamic messages signs and in-car navigation systems.

Image of aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing by Vjeran Pavic via Flickr

In police work, technology complements shoe leather

The video evidence that led to the capture of the alleged Boston Marathon Bomber owed as much to old-fashioned police work as it did to modern technology, says former Boston police commissioner.

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For Boston Police, social media experience pays off after bombing

After the bombing at last year's Boston Marathon, the city's police department effectively tapped social media to communicate with the public.

E-filing of tax returns

New tools for combating income tax refund fraud

Agencies can combat income tax refund fraud with authentication tools that fit into existing evaluation processes.

smart screens in New York

Bringing interactive civic information to the street

A public-private partnership in New York is bringing interactive smart screens to the streets to support open data, citizen engagement and a vibrant digital community.

Apartment fire

Is the public safety community ready for new 911 location rules?

The FCC is proposing location requirements for the first time on cellular 911 calls made indoors, but even if carriers deliver, the data Public Safety Answering Points will need upgrades to use it.