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TouchPass Electronic fare collection (Delerrok Inc.)

Oregon transit agency tries fare collection as a service

The cloud-based TouchPass system offers small to mid-size transit agencies an easy way to upgrade to electronic fare collection.

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FirstNet award finally issued

The massive broadband public safety network build out will cover 50 states, five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.

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DHS adds encryption requirements to responder radio equipment

The change will help ensure that responders from different jurisdictions using equipment from different manufacturers can communicate securely and successfully.

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Making CDM more accessible to state and local governments

The General Services Administration acknowledges that purchasing the monitoring and security services has been harder than it has to be.

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Attacks, crashes underscore need for new 911 systems

Recent disruptions in legacy 911 emergency-response systems point up the urgent need for new technology, but few states or localities can afford the upgrades.

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How mobile, big data and citizen engagement help Iowa manage winter emergencies

By combining location data with information from sensors installed on maintenance vehicles, Iowa can provide web-accessible analytics and applications to help travelers, businesses and state agencies make better decisions.

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NC rolling out upgrade to crime database

North Carolina’s Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services application is getting a responsive design and multifactor authentication.

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Integrated visualization, navigation raise the bar for bridge-inspection drones

Equipped with stereo cameras, computer vision, onboard computers and sensors, AutoModality’s drones can sense, explore and analyze infrastructure in GPS-denied environments.

Philadelphia starts mapping its smart city future

Philadelphia starts mapping its smart city future

The city plans to open up stovepiped projects so agencies can share data across an upgraded fiber network.

Analyze Boston open data hub

Boston puts open-data quality first

The datasets moved to the new Analyze Boston site are up to date, provide metadata and are readily accessible.

Free information need not cost a fortune (Shutterstock image)

Free information need not cost a fortune

Document management software combined with business process automation can not only cut costs but improve access to government records.

Election systems security under increasing scrutiny

Local elections officials are struggling with maintaining and protecting their election systems, despite offers of help from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Platform helps city workers automate government processes

The cloud-based workflow platform lets city workers create “processes” for common tasks that are usually done on paper, in person or by visiting multiple websites.

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Wisconsin improves records response time by 30 percent

After Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order in March 2016 directing agencies to improve customer service related to records requests, state agencies have been able to meet requests promptly, track requests and facilitate access to electronic records.

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School bus routes are expensive and hard to plan. We calculated a better way

By optimizing bus routes with data analysis and mathematical modeling, a school district can save between five and seven percent on the number of buses needed.