Virtual Reality (NAVY)

VR environment powers Navy equipment installation, training

Virtual environments will allow more accurate documentation for ship builders and installation engineers and give sailors a way to train on new equipment before it is placed onboard.

The fixed-wing Precision Hawk Lancaster 5 being launched during the TCL2 Demonstration at Reno (NASA)

NASA tests drone traffic management

The agency wrapped up second-level testing for its cloud-based unmanned aircraft systems traffic management platform.

section of road with solar panels (The Ray)

Building a sustainable ‘highway of the future’

States are experimenting with roadways that create their own clean, renewable energy, drive-thru automated tire safety stations and sensor-embedded highways that transmit data about their condition.

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DOT, industry discuss ways to share driverless car data

Meetings are underway to see if programs used for aviation safety could be a model for autonomous surface transportation.

border crossing (Arthur Greenberg/Shutterstock.com)

New camera tech may speed biometric ID at land ports

If sensor-driven plenoptic cameras can see features in faces behind the tint and glare of vehicle windows, they will enable biometric inspection at land ports of entry.

facial recognition at the airport

CBP, JetBlue test facial recognition for biometric exit

Customs and Border Protection is testing a paperless and deviceless self-boarding process as part of its ongoing trials to implement a biometric exit solution.

Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability system on a drone (ONR/YouTube)

Navy demos drone-based mine detection

A small quadcopter carrying with an ultra-sensitive magnetometer sensor can detect mines and dangerous metal obstacles within coastal surf zones.

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White House pushes for drone deterrence authority

A draft bill would let agencies monitor drone radio communications to determine if the aircraft is a threat and then intercept, confiscate and/or destroy it.

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Machine learning enlisted for Defense applications

DOD officials are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to get insights from big data faster.

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Don't forget your dig IT nominations

Help GCN showcase great examples of discovery and innovation in government IT.

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Unlocking blockchain for government

Using blockchain technology through permissioned networks can help state governments improve the delivery of their services, a new report finds.

robotic process automation

NASA’s newest employee isn’t human

NASA's Shared Services Center is using software bots to automate common business processes.

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