The Crisis Text Line, a 24-hour crisis-counseling hotline, takes text messages from people dealing with everything from domestic violence to suicide and passes the information on to public safety answering points, as appropriate.
Created in 2013 to help people who are in crisis but feel uncomfortable talking over the phone, the Crisis Text Line has received 7.3 million texts from as all 295 area codes in the country and provides a glimpse of the possibilities of a successful next-generation 911 implementation.
The flat IP-architecture of next-generation 911 could allow public safety answering points to specialize in types of issues, like suicide, according to an article in American City and County.
Posted on Aug 03, 2015 at 12:09 PM0 comments
Researchers using the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) will be getting a productivity boost when the service upgrades to 40 gigabit/sec.
DREN securely connects five Defense Department supercomputing facilities to 4,300 scientists in over 150 agencies. Fully IPv6-enabled, DREN currently provides connectivity through a mix of Ethernet, IP and optical wavelength services, with speeds varying accordingly. The Navy DOD Supercomputing Resource Center at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, which operates national test facilities for the rocket engine propulsion programs, will be the first of five DREN locations to receive 40 gigabit/sec service.
CenturyLink and LGS Innovations will be performing the upgrade.
Posted on Aug 03, 2015 at 12:08 PM0 comments
The 2015 National Transportation Atlas Databases are now available for download. The data provides geographic-based details for more than 500,000 miles of roadway, 610,000 bridges and 19,527 airports. New highway crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also in the mix.
This year’s datasets cover 36 data themes with 57 data layers. The NTAD sets are available in open shapefile format with metadata documentation supported by most GIS software.
Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 1:01 PM0 comments
New York City recently opened this year’s NYC BigApps competition for mobile and web apps, connected devices, platforms, games and other technology products that can make New York a better place by addressing affordable housing, zero waste, connected cities or civic engagement.
To support app developers, the competition provides access to more than 1,000 public data sets on the NYC OpenData Portal, as well as data and APIs from dozens of private and academic partners. In addition, each challenge category is being supported by a group of city agencies, civic organizations and companies that will help teams ideate, design and build their products by hosting mentor office hours, events and tours.
All project submissions are due by Oct. 14. A panel of evaluators will choose up to 20 finalists, and the winners will be announced in December.
Originally launched in 2009, NYC BigApps has helped create over 500 apps and other tech products and has engaged more than 500,000 New Yorkers.
Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM0 comments
The Tennessee Department of Correction has launched a Felony Offender Search app that lets citizens look up information about past and present felons in the state from their mobile devices.
The app’s web-based companion, Felony Offender Information Look Up, is one of the state’s most used online services, with 2.5 million searches in 2014. With nearly a third of TN.gov visitors using mobile devices, state officials decided creating a mobile version of the program was an opportunity to deliver a more customer-focused tool for citizens.
Users can access an offender’s current status, location, sentencing dates and parole eligibility, and even create their own lists for faster access to information about specific offenders.
The Tennessee Felony Offender Search mobile app is available for free for both Apple and Android users.
Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 11:41 AM0 comments