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3-D models from satellite data on the fly

IARPA is developing automated systems that can quickly build complex 3-D models from commercial, satellite and airborne imagery.

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Pennsylvania’s data-driven opioid strategy

A dashboard that tracks opioid prescriptions and emergency department visits helps the Opioid Operational Command Center identify overdose spikes and provide appropriate response.

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NSF pairs funding with cloud credits

Researchers get access to large-scale cloud resources while spurring technology development and economic growth.

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Point Cloud City: NIST's 3-D indoor mapping model

LiDAR-created 3-D indoor point cloud models will foster indoor mapping, localization and public safety applications.

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Smart cities need to be more human, so we’re creating Sims-style virtual worlds

Agent-based modeling simulates the behavior of individuals as they move around and interact inside a virtual world.

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Big data analysis enlisted for Justice investigations

The Justice Department will be analyzing mountains of data related to opioid sales on the darknet and illegal trades on the stock market to uncover large-scale, secretive crimes.

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Sidewalk Labs' transit platform offers APIs for parking, tolls data

Coord is a cloud-based platform that integrates and aggregates data from curb signage, parking lots and toll gates and provides standardized application programming interfaces for transportation data.

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Federal 100 winners announced

The winners went above and beyond their job descriptions, making contributions in buying, managing and using technology that had a positive impact on government IT.

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Infusing government with AI, one pilot at a time

Digital assistants and robotic process automation programs not only give agencies new tools to improve efficiency, they also empower creative thinking, the leader of GSA's Emerging Citizen Technologies Program says.

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Los Angeles maximizes the data from its annual homeless count

The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count tracks the county and city populations annually to qualify for federal funding.

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ICE taps into license plate recognition tech

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement will soon have access to a database of license plate records that can also track vehicles in near real time.


The consumer electronics that power public safety

Connected emergency vehicles, mobile apps for responders and the internet of life saving things show the merging of consumer and public safety technology.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Compliance is Made Easier with Certain Steps

    State and local agencies have to prioritize which regulations are most applicable and find efficient ways to ensure compliance—a task made more challenging by insufficient human and financial resources.

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