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San Diego puts internet, GPS in choppers

A partnership between the city and AT&T puts GPS service and a secure two-way network connection in the Airborne Law Enforcement helicopter fleet.

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Can IT help cure the opioid crisis?

Government agencies and public health organizations are working to develop new tools to share pertinent health care data among providers and, in some cases, to predict the path of a user about to return to a life of opioid abuse.

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The road to indoor navigation apps

By using the data generated from smartphone sensors, radio frequency signal strengths and GPS fixes, NIST hopes developers can build indoor navigation apps that can be validated against fixed locations.

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The big lift to NG 911

Coordinating the transition to next-generation 911 technology requires funding and oversight.

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Behavior-based mobile authentication ‘on the horizon’

Technology that monitors how users interact with their devices has been demonstrated by various performers, a DHS cyber expert says.

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How Pegasus for Android was unmasked

Even with security researchers looking for an Android variant of the iOS spyware, the sophisticated program designed to surveil specific targets managed to hide itself.

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The advantages of regional approaches to emergency notification

As multiple levels of government are often involved in responding to major incidents, agencies are banding together to develop a regional or statewide approach to critical communications.

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From disaster planning to conservation: mobile phones as a new tracking tool

The detail, immediacy and sheer volume of data from mobile phones also offers innovative ways to monitor and possibly solve some of the most pressing animal conservation problems.

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FirstNet makes space for bleeding-edge apps

The nationwide broadband public safety network promises to support emerging technology applications like artificial intelligence and facial recognition.

State Department considers handheld biometric scanning

State Department considers handheld biometric scanning

State’s Diplomatic Security Bureau wants to determine the current market capabilities and price points for either a smartphone or tablet-based solution.

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City enlists Instagram in blight cleanup

Combining Instagram photos with city property data, Mobile, Ala., found an innovative way to address blight.

FirstNet single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications

FirstNet finds experience to be the best teacher

The lessons learned from the early builder projects help FirstNet evaluate technical standards and capabilities, test new equipment and refine plans for future rollouts.

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