Navy X-47B drone

Is Navy's new drone the first real military robot?

The X-47B stealth drone, designed to fly missions on its own, represents something of a breakthrough in robotic technology.

HOBO Green Roof Monitoring System

HOBO tends government's green roofs

The system's instruments monitor everything from temperature to soil moisture.

Futuristic office computer display

8 reasons agency IT will change course in 2013

Next year is likely to be a tipping point when agencies will have to make landmark decisions about the types of client machines they use.

FAA NextGen

Agency programs show outlines of future cyber ecosystem

Plans to develop automated systems for cybersecurity will build on models like DOE's Smart Grid and FAA's Next Generation air traffic control system.

Human network

How to build an immune system for cybersecurity attacks

Government researchers are using the human immune system as a model for building a cybersecurity ecosystem, whose features would include automation, interoperability and authentication technologies.

Cactus

Could a cyber ecosystem automatically defend government networks?

A multiagency group hopes to create a cyber ecosystem that could learn to automatically assess and respond to threats. Where would humans fit in the loop?

Wave Glider

NOAA aquatic bots break the ice on climate research

Over the years, NOAA has sent various data-taking probes deep into the Arctic Ocean looking for answers about climate change. In this latest, extreme test of technology endurance, the agency's swimming robots deliver high science at low cost.

Innocon Mini Falcon UAV software

UAV video quality gets a boost from new software

Software such as Inmint’s Vidhance lets UAVs track objects, reduce blur and stabilize video feeds.

WiFi 11ac 60MHz beamforming

High-wireless act: Can high-frequency WiFi be practical?

The 60 GHz band to be used with the 802.11ac will add a huge amount of bandwidth, but risks signal loss over distance. "Beamforming" could solve the problem.

Maryland online voter registration

Report: 2 states' online registration systems vulnerable to hackers, fraud

Flaws in the voter databases in Mayland and Washington state would allow hackers to effectively prevent people from voting, the New York Times reports.

New GCN

Welcome to the new GCN.com

Our new look highlights analysis and commentary on the latest technology, tools and tactics in public sector IT.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

What an agency ultrabook should be: Tough and light

The sleek ThinkPad X1 Carbon has the performance, toughness and security features you need — and the same thing that makes it light is what makes it rugged.

Topic Resources

  • Transforming Customer Service: Building a Smarter Service-Oriented Workforce

    Whether a public contact center or an internal help desk, government offices managing customer service play a vital role in supporting their agencies missions. Unfortunately, many service centers lack the tools they need to deliver high-quality services in a timely fashion. In this webcast, Michelle Earley, USAJOBS Program Manager at OPM, and Stephanie Wade, Director, Innovation Lab at OPM, will discuss how they are transforming USAJOBS, the federal government's official jobs site to improve the hiring process and elevate the level of customer service that applicants receive. The transformation is comprehensive, involving the adoption of human-centered design principles, the use cloud-based DevOps to create new services, and the modernization of foundational technology, including the cloud.

  • Improve Agency Processes -- Focus Here First

    View this on-demand presentation to learn how agencies can use process improvement to put the U.S. Digital Services Playbook into action. Leading experts used real-world case studies to illustrate how Business Process Management (BPM) can help agencies save resources and meet customer expectations, regardless of location, device, or communication method.


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