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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.

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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.

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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.

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New tools for combating income tax refund fraud

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

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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.

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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.

Idaho OntheGo mobile credit card payments

Idaho takes credit card payments on Android devices

Idaho OnTheGo allows state, county and city employees anywhere in the state to take credit and debit card payments on Android devices, even where there is no cell or Wi-Fi service.

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DigitalGov Search delivers real-time analytics, better results

The newly launched open source search stack lets GSA’s DigitalGov Search perform real-time analytics and create dashboards to monitor Web search trends.

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DHS expands animal disease surveillance project

Phase II of the Enhanced Passive Surveillance project will expand the types of animals tracked and increase the user base.

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Kentucky uses health network to divert 'frequent fliers' from ERs

The state launched an initiative to provide coordinated care for "super-utilizers," patients who overuse emergency departments and hospital inpatient services.