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City apps run afoul of law of unintended consequences

A recent rule by Apple has forced some cities to modify or abandon their mobile app programs.

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New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

As drug overdoses are reported by responders, ODMAP tracks their time and location, giving authorities real-time information they can use to prepare a response or analyze trends.

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Another mass shooting, another locked phone

Federal investigators want access to the Texas shooter's locked phone, but most security researcher think it’s a bad idea.

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Real-time sensor net helps cities evaluate trends

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working with its home town to deploy sensors to deliver real-time information on population density, traffic and environmental conditions.

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Stronger infrastructure policy will revolutionize everything

Tomorrow's cities will rely on our ability to future proof our infrastructure by marrying technology policy with investment.

What public transit can learn from Uber and Lyft

"Uberizing" public transit services -- bringing them to customers on demand -- can transform our approach to transportation issues.

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Technology’s response to Irma, Harvey and Maria

Technology vastly improved how information was gathered and shared between federal and local leaders, emergency responders and residents.

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Philadelphia bringing signal pre-emption tech to first responders

The technology will give first responders the right of way at traffic signals.

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Maryland takes digital driver's licenses for a spin

Officials at the Maryland Department of Transportation learned two things since opting into a pilot test of digital driver’s licenses: The licenses are more secure than plastic cards, and people really like the idea.

DHS nurtures wearable tech for responders

Are wearables reliable enough for public safety?

National Institute of Standards and Technology will test wearables marketed to first responders.

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DHS seeks tech for a better border-crossing experience

Technology that counts international travelers in airports and guides them to the correct inspection areas would streamline the inspection process and improve travelers' experience.

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Government embraces next-gen citizen services with chatbots

Agencies are using chatbots to field citizen question, facilitate complex tasks and increase engagement.

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