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Smarter camera systems for better surveillance

Software that builds video analysis intelligence into cameras will provide earlier alerts to public safety managers.

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Better research results with VR

Besides creating experiments that are easier to control, virtual reality produces a lot of data.

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DARPA tunes machine learning to radio signals

By applying machine learning to the radio spectrum, the research agency hopes to give the military situational awareness in the wireless domain.

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Data-driven decisions for national parks

To help it make better operations and programming decisions with existing data, NPS wants to put its visitor experience data into formats that are easier to review and analyze.

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Predictive policing shows promise in Chicago

Districts where predictive software is fully operational have experienced fewer shootings and homicides.

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NOAA puts GOES-R weather satellite data in the cloud

Provisional data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's newest weather satellite is being shared as part of the agency's Big Data Project.

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Announcing the dig IT Award finalists

From mobile security to smarter transit to swarming drones, these 25 projects represent the best of discovery and innovation in government IT.

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The hidden costs of open data

Publicly sharing municipal data -- and geospatial data in particular -- can lead to indirect costs and complications, a new report warns.

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Rat problems? In D.C., data could help

Washington, D.C., has created the Lab @ DC help make policy decisions driven by what’s in the numbers. Rodent abatement is one initiative.

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Why cities must look to private-sector data sources

The vast amounts of information being collected by consumer apps and services could have a big impact on how cities plan for transportation and land use.

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Data science can help us fight human trafficking

New mathematical tools show great potential both to interrupt the human trafficking cycle and to provide the information needed to help victims escape to safety.

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How communities get to IoT

Although federal research and funding are helping communities design replicable internet-of-things projects, integrated, complex ventures are still a challenge, GAO says.

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