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Endeavor Robotics

As military buys more robots, police ask for leftovers

Hand-me-down systems are making their way to local law enforcement, but even then funding can be a challenge.

NGA tries paying by the sprint

State strategies for smarter IT procurement

State IT officials can work together with procurement representatives to ensure best possible value in contracts, according to a new NASCIO report.

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Can IoT protect communities when the next floods come?

With low-cost flood sensors, the Lower Colorado River Authority hopes to collect enough data that it can improve the accuracy of its flood predictions and geo-target alerts.

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How data analytics supports Virginia's Medicaid services

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services is bringing data analytics to the state's Medicaid services.

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Atlanta and Georgia Tech roll out smart city projects

The North Avenue Smart Corridor Project uses adaptive traffic signals for a safer, more efficient flow of bus and vehicular traffic in real-time conditions.

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NYC takes new direction with street sign management system

The Transportation Department traded in its mainframe legacy system for an open source web-based app to manage signs and work orders.

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Responders fine-tune apps in back-to-back hurricanes

Lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey helped responders improve information sharing to help Irma victims.

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Stronger election security with less technology

While installing layered defenses and purchasing more secure technology would help protect voting machines, less reliance on technology may be the best way to secure the electoral process.

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ABC cops use apps to spot fake IDs

Underage drinkers are using more sophisticated fake IDs, but alcohol enforcement officers in some states are using smartphone apps to scan driver’s licenses to help them quickly weed out the phonies.

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5 ways to address election system weaknesses

Vulnerable systems can undermine voters' confidence in the security of the process and expose sensitive voter data.

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Military surplus transfer expands amid security concerns

The Trump administration has lifted restrictions on the transfer of military hardware to law enforcement agencies amid watchdogs' call for tighter security.

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Boston dashboard tracks strategic goals

The dashboard allows residents to track the progress of the city’s Imagine Boston 2030 initiative.

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NYPD ditches Windows phones

The New York Police Department will be replacing its 36,000 Windows phones with iPhones.

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Virginia maps opioid response

Color-coded heat maps show gaps in addiction treatment coverage so decision-makers can recruit more providers and push community outreach.

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Unwanted drones, cellular outages complicate Harvey response

Challenges from unauthorized drones in the air over the hurricane disaster zone and telecommunications outages are complicating response efforts as Harvey churns through Texas.