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shared services

Agencies drift toward cloud-based shared services

Government agencies must decide whether sharing services from cloud providers could be cheaper than building their own.

police pursuit

Police fire GPS 'cannon' to track suspects, reduce car chases

The StarChase system includes an air launcher in the grill of a cruiser and sticky GPS devices that attach to a vehicle so it can be tracked.

prisoner

Prisons turn to analytics software for parole decisions

Risk assessment programs weigh factors beyond the traditional considerations of parole boards and seem to be having an effect.

Seattle

One city fends off cyberespionage attacks, and collaboration is key

Seattle's collaboration with the FBI and a DHS fusion center helped thwart attacks from China, but that kind of information sharing doesn't happen enough, a new report says.

police laptop

Fort Lauderdale fights crime with data analytics

IBM researchers are working with the Florida city to develop an application that detects patterns and activities from a variety of data sources.

health exchange

State health exchanges outpace HealthCare.gov

As HealthCare.gov flounders, some of the health insurance exchanges that states established have been running smoothly.

skull

Reminder: The Web is not the only source of malware

A cloud-based Web filtering and policy enforcement service helped the city of Aspen sharply reduce browser infections, but it doesn't replace antivirus protection.

Aspen

How Aspen's DNS services became more secure, reliable and cheaper

Outsourcing Domain Name Services and Web policy enforcement to OpenDNS saves the Colorado city and county money while improving security.

license plate

California pilots electronic license plates -- will other states follow?

The state expects electronic plates to save money on processing registrations and mailing, though the plan has raised privacy concerns.

security

Security tool keeps data safe across collaboration systems

CipherPoint data security software prevents privileged IT administrators, attackers from accessing sensitive information across on-premise and cloud-based collaboration systems.

broadband cable

Maryland lights up new broadband network

Maryland, with the help of federal Recovery Act dollars, has added 800 miles of high-speed fiber to its statewide broadband network linking schools, governments and businesses.

GPS

GPS accuracy still not good enough for emergencies

Location-based wireless services are in high demand, especially in public safety, but getting an accurate fix on mobile devices remains a challenge.

cloud money

Cloud gaining traction as state and local cost-cutter

Nearly half of the government IT professionals in a survey said their state or municipality has migrated or plans to move applications to the cloud, according to a Unisys study.

police crowd

California PD tests the limits of cellphone tracking

Mountain View police recently tested an opt-in system from Polaris and found that it mostly works, though there are trade-offs.

Managers concerned about IT budgets, cybersecurity

IT managers: The biggest threat to infrastructure isn't cyber

Reducing costs, improving security, boosting efficiency are the top priorities for federal, state and local agencies, according to a Cisco survey.