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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.

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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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Reducing incarceration with technology

Safety and Justice Challenge grant winners are working to address local justice disparities through innovative reforms.

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Lessons on emergency preparedness from the presidential inauguration

Fast, secure and reliable communication is critical for local emergency managers and law enforcement agencies responsible for major events.

2020 census lands on GAO

2020 census lands on GAO 'high risk' list

Government Accountability Office says implementing innovations may risk the Bureau’s ability to conduct a cost-effective census.

Self-destructing messages won’t fly in government

Self-destructing messages won’t fly in government

If Trump administration staff members are using an app that deletes messages after they are read, they may be in violation of records preservation rules.

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County adopts smarter emergency alerting

Berkeley County, W.Va., is implementing a mass public safety notification system.

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Trapped drivers opt-in for emergency alerts

The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s 511PAConnect system lets motorists stuck in traffic send information and receive incident updates from emergency response teams.

How to secure a smartphone for the tweeter-in-chief

How to secure a smartphone for the tweeter-in-chief

Beyond ensuring overall network security, government cybersecurity specialists have several ways of locking down a smartphone.

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