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By GCN Staff


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


DHS funds research to harden vehicles against hacking

DHS funds research to harden vehicles against hacking

To help develop technology to defend government and privately-owned vehicles from cyberattacks, the Department of Homeland Security awarded $1.4 million to New York University for its Securely Updating Automobiles program.

The NYU team will build a secure update system for automobiles that will provide resilience to attacks even if the servers of a dealership, software vendor or automobile dealer are compromised.

Because advances in networking, computing, sensing and control systems have enabled rapid growth in cyber-physical systems, it’s critical that security be built into emerging cyber-physical designs, DHS said.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 8:28 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


New Jersey eases the business formation process

New Jersey eases the business formation process

The New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services is making it easier for residents to form a business by enhancing the state's online and mobile-friendly Business Formation Services features.

The improved web application will now offer citizens real-time access to purchased documents for up to 30 days, the ability to search and validate a business name, find a registered agent by an identification number and automatically upload certificates and business purpose statements.

The service also will provide companies with immediate postings of copies of filed documents on the public record system and access to these copies for printing and sending purposes up to 30 days after filing, making it easier for companies and legal businesses to establish a recognized business presence in the state.

And according to the announcement, connecting the online tax and employer registration process will help to reduce the time needed for data entry. The new Business Formation Service website is a collaboration between the state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Information Division of NICUSA Inc.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 8:28 AM0 comments


NYC launches hyper-local websites

NYC launches hyper-local websites

New York City has more than 8 million residents, but many know very little about the neighborhoods in which they live.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to change that with the launching of Neighborhood.nyc websites, which contain hyper-local information community groups and individuals can use to develop online hubs for civic engagement, online organizing and information sharing.

Residents can find restaurant grades, public events, school closures, transit information and report issues such as leaking fire hydrants or broken traffic lights. The sites will also give weather updates, and information on parking rules, tenant protections and garbage and recycling pickups. The sites will be available in 13 languages, mobile friendly and allow users to give feedback.

The 400 neighborhood sites, which will have names such crownheights.nyc, will officially launch early next year, and the domains are available for licensing by qualified community groups. Until then visitors can find the same information by going to Neighborhoods.nyc and typing a neighborhood name in the search bar.

The websites were created through a public-private partnership between the Mayor's Office and Vizalytics, a local technology startup and 2014 BigApps winner.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 8:28 AM0 comments