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How technology can help first responders save lives

New advances in automation, mobile services and artificial intelligence can boost emergency responders’ timeliness, precision and effectiveness.

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How cities can prepare for blockchain

Blockchain technology can improve government efficiency by optimizing everyday tasks and interactions, a new National League of Cities report says.

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Open source traffic management

The Louisville Metro Government has taken lessons learned from a Waze partnership and built an open source tool that other local governments can use to spot traffic problems.

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Sacramento drives digital license plate test

The plates will provide fleet management data to the city, allow drivers to renew registrations online and even flash emergency messages.

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Connected vehicles pilots pave the way to autonomy

A fully autonomous automotive ecosystem is still decades down the road, but experts say vehicles will be communicating with roadside infrastructure much sooner.

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Laying the groundwork for 5G

Efforts by Congress, local governments and industry are converging to deploy the 5G technology that will power smart cities.

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County optimizes existing ERP while laying the groundwork for a new system

As Multnomah County, Ore., prepares to switch to a new ERP solution, it's getting third-party support for its customized SAP platform.

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Austin's one-stop shop for traffic management

The Austin, Texas, Department of Transportation’s Data and Performance Hub is designed to give both staff and citizens an inside look at signal operations citywide.

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NYC seeks smart chip for ID card program

To enhance the utility and security of a citywide identification card, New York City officials are considering creating a smart chip-enabled ID on par with the credit card industry.

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DHS steps up security assistance for states' election systems

The Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate is offering funding guidance, security clearances and vulnerability scans to help fortify state and local elections.

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Kansas City seeks partner for smart city expansion

Kansas City, Mo., is looking to team up with a vendor for its second phase of smart city initiatives.

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Making drone deliveries a reality

North Carolina's pilot program will use drones to fly medical supplies between hospitals.

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Low-cost sensors can improve flood management

Through the Flood Awareness Apex program, communities are experimenting with low-cost sensors for tracking floods.

Securing the smart city

Mayors are touting tech, open data

The nation's mayors see technology as key to increasing transparency, efficiency and economic development, according to a new report from the National League of Cities.

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Prisons enlist drones to monitor inmates, grounds

For years, corrections officials have been fighting to keep drones out of the airspace around prisons. Now they're turning to the technology to help spot trouble.

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