sounds of the city

NGA wants a global map for ambient sound

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants to record, classify and map ambient sounds and acoustic features.

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Encrypting satellite communications

As defense agencies increasingly deploy constellations of low-earth orbit satellites, they want input into how to bake in security.

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A DARPA-funded stab at AI-driven software development

Bayou uses deep learning to help programmers write snippets of code that contain Java application programming interfaces.

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Agencies see big upsides to RPA

Over 20 federal agencies are experimenting with robotic process automation, a technology that some estimate could save the federal government billions of dollars.

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Bot management 101: What one agency learned from its RPA pilot

The Bureau of Fiscal Service discovered that managing robotic process automation is more like managing staff than it thought.

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Facial recognition in the dark

Army researchers have developed a way to enhance images from night-vision cameras to match them with photos in existing biometric face databases or on watch lists.

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How blockchain can transform the public sector

Government agencies are taking their cues on blockchain from commercial industries, such as banking, education, manufacturing and retail.

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Salt Lake City, NYC land wireless testbed pilot

The National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program named the first two cities that will serve as testbeds for new communication and networking technologies.

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Building a better chatbot

Robotic process automation can help make agencies' internal chatbots more useful.

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Blockchain-based identity for the homeless

Austin, Texas, is exploring how distributed-ledger technology can be used to help the homeless secure their personal records and access government resources.

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NIST generates quantum-based random numbers

National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are using quantum mechanics to generate truly random numbers, potentially enhancing security and cryptographic systems.

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Blockchain, automation and learning to love your legacy systems

HHS’ Jose Arrieta makes the case that a strong data layer can serve as middleware for microservice-driven modernization.

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