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MTA to host transit hackathon

MTA to host transit hackathon

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hosting its first "bus hackathon," with the aim of improving bus service on Staten Island.

The one-day hackathon will be held March 5 at the Rudin Center in Manhattan. Attendees will be given access to datasets on ridership for express bus routes and performance data for both express and local bus routes. This is the first time the datasets will be released to the public.

Darryl Irick, senior vice president for the Department of Buses and president of the MTA Bus Company, said the hackathon provides an important opportunity to help improve mass transit in New York City.

“The hackathon is an invitation for feedback from our tech-savvy customers as well as an opportunity for New York City Transit to further use innovation and technology to provide our customers with better service,” Irick said in a statement announcing the hackathon.

The event will be sponsored by TransitCenter, with additional support provided by Google and CartoDB, a GIS and web mapping company. The event is open to the public, but registration ends Feb. 20. Details on prizes and the judging process will be announced closer to the March 5 event.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 8:54 AM0 comments


Gigabit Internet comes to KC public housing

Gigabit Internet comes to KC public housing

The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo., is working with Google Fiber to give families in subsidized housing gigabit Internet access.

One hundred apartments in the West Bluff housing complex have been wired with Google Fiber, and eight other properties will soon be outfitted as well, bringing gigabit-speed Internet to more than 1,300 residents.

Residents will get free or reduced-cost Internet access as a result of ConnectHome, an initiative by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that aims to bring affordable Internet access to public housing residents in 27 cities across the country.  The program also covers the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.

Google said it intends to offer the same service to public housing residents in all its Google Fiber cities, including Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh–Durham, N.C; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Antonio, Texas.

Posted on Feb 08, 2016 at 2:11 PM0 comments


Dashboard shows bed availability for substance abuse treatment

As New York wrestles with a growing heroin and opioid crisis, the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has created the Bed Availability Dashboard that collects information on available beds from state-certified treatment providers and displays it in real time on the agency's website to help ensure that more substance abusers can get the care they need.

With the dashboard, New Yorkers will be able to search for services by location as well as determine the availability of treatment beds specific to age and gender – including space available for transgender individuals. Users also will be able to see facilities’ next available admission appointment. The site will soon be updated to include information on outpatient services as well.

The dashboard is the latest addition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's multipronged approach to addressing substance use disorders in New York.

Posted on Feb 05, 2016 at 12:33 PM0 comments


cloud computing

First woman-owned small business gets FedRAMP nod

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program approved another cloud service provider last week, as NetComm, a cloud-based solution company, became the first woman-owned small business to receive FedRAMP certification.

NetComm's Beacon software-as-a-service platform was put through the cloud security framework review process.  Beacon allows users to create customized dashboards and  leverages Amazon Web Services' GovCloud infrastructure as a service (GovCloud also has FedRAMP approval). The National Institutes of Health provided the agency authority to operate, and Veris Group conducted the required third-party assessment for the certification process.

There are now some 60 different cloud services that have been certified as FedRAMP-compliant.

Posted on Feb 04, 2016 at 10:58 AM1 comments


Mobile app to access Navy COOL

Navy launches COOL app for career transition

For many members of the military, time in the service is not intended to last an entire career.  One way service members can more easily transition to civilian jobs is through credentialing, which entails getting civilian credentials -- certificates or licenses -- before they leave the service for skills learned while on duty.

The Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online, or COOL, website helps both enlisted personnel and officers get such credentials, as well as information on which military occupations translate to what civilian careers. Now the Navy has released a mobile application to help sailors access the resources of the COOL website from their phones.

Available for both Android and iOS devices, the app provides learning and development roadmaps  and a number of other tools related to:

  • Credentials mapped to Navy occupations
  • US Military Apprenticeship Program (Department of Labor credentials)
  • Joint Service Transcript (academic credit for Navy training and experience)
  • Civilian related occupations (recruiting and transition tool)
  • Rating information cards (Navy Recruiting, reclassification, and enlisted rating changes)
  • Post 9-11 Government Issue Bill funding of credentials (funding availability for veterans).

“This new app provides an expanded capability for sailors to help them translate the skills they've learned on the job into civilian credentials, career growth opportunities and related civilian occupations,” said Keith Boring, the Navy's COOL program manager. “The app is a great complement to our newly redesigned website and provides extra features that I think sailors will find handy to have at their fingertips.”

Posted on Feb 02, 2016 at 1:39 PM0 comments