By GCN Staff

Iowa City moves workforce management to the cloud

Iowa City moves workforce management to the cloud

Iowa City is moving workforce management for than 750 employees across all departments into the cloud with the Workforce Ready solution from Kronos Inc.  

The city had been manually collecting and entering workforce data, which was slow and inefficient because of complex workforce compliance rules, payroll schedules for shift work and union contracts. The Kronos system promises to help automate and standardize the city’s workforce management processes, and save the city from acquiring additional hardware.

Because the Workforce Ready solution will be integrated with the city’s enterprise resource planning system, it will also increase the accuracy of employee time and attendance data entering the ERP system.  Kronos officials said this will enhance the overall quality of the entire payroll process.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:10 PM0 comments

heat map for cybersecurity jobs

A heat map for hot cybersecurity jobs

A cybersecurity jobs heat map is in the works, thanks to funding from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. Visualizing the need for, and supply of, cybersecurity workers across the country, the map will provide data to help employers, job seekers, policy makers, training providers and guidance counselors meet today's increasing demand.

Once developed, the map will be updated every 90 days to show job postings grouped into categories mapped to the NICE National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, using job titles, skills, educational degrees, certifications, experience and other credentials advertised by employers. The NICE Jobs Heat Map also will provide information on the supply of workers with relevant degrees or certifications.

“This unique tool will allow users on both sides of the employment equation to assess supply and demand in cybersecurity on a city-by-city or state-by-state basis," NICE Director Rodney Petersen said.

The first edition of the jobs heat map is expected to be released in late 2016.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM0 comments

DHS opens Artic Domain Awareness Center

DHS opens Arctic Domain Awareness Center

In order to better respond to and prepare for emergencies in the increasingly fluid Arctic environment, the Department of Homeland Security opened an Arctic Domain Awareness Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The ADAC will work with 16 universities, institutional and industry partners in maritime domain and situational awareness, emergency response support, maritime technology research and integrated education. ADAC will also work with community observers in the native village of Gambell located on St. Lawrence Island.

ADAC’s development of critical Arctic data – ranging from weather, ship traffic, search and rescue capability, subsistence activity, offshore drilling and more – can help decision makers with the Coast Guard and DHS better analyze, anticipate and prepare for a range of scenarios that they will inevitably face.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:51 PM0 comments

New grants for minority STEM education

New grants for minority STEM education

In an effort to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for minorities, the Department of Education has awarded more than $3 million in new three-year awards to 13 colleges and universities that have a large minority population.

The grants will address any barriers minority students face entering the STEM field as well as support pre-college enrichment science activities, tutoring in science education, faculty training, STEM curriculum improvements and STEM lab and classroom renovation.

The list of awardees can be found here.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 10:35 AM0 comments

San Francisco leveraging libraries to build a better IoT network

San Francisco leveraging libraries to build a better IoT network

The IoT universe is at 4.9 billion connected devices and growing, according to Gartner.  Getting those devices and sensors connected could be the next hurdle smart cities face.

San Francisco is working with French vendor Sigfox to build and install antennas on its public libraries in an effort to build a network for its Internet of Things. According to a Network World report, each antenna will cover a wide slice of the city, which could help San Francisco expand the IoT services it currently offers.

SigFox will use a low-power wide-area network, which is similar to cellular networks but designed for sensors, meters and similar equipment.  The deployment in San Francisco will be the largest of 10 city networks SigFox plans to build around the country.

San Francisco has several IoT projects in the works, including the 5D Smart San Francisco 2030 District, is a cloud-based solution that maps city data –  including open data, information from IoT devices, machine-to-machine communications and social media – to an, interactive 3D interface designed for easy access by non-technicians. And SFpark, the city’s parking management system, uses new meters, sensors and demand-responsive pricing to make it easier to find parking.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 9:14 AM0 comments