Cloud & Infrastructure

Challenges quickly test creative solutions to operational snags

Long Beach’s annual smart city challenge focuses on improving customer satisfaction with service delivery.

‘If we can do it, why can’t you?’ local gov tech veteran asks

Jack Kennedy reflects on a career breaking the mold and bringing innovation to rural Virginia’s Wise County and City of Norton Circuit Court.

Communities are rethinking their push for data centers

More governments are looking into the environmental effects of data centers on neighborhoods.

Future-proofing smart cities with open standards

Open standards can help smart cities prevent tech obsolescence and maximize growth.

Governor calls for $37M boost in drone funding

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum proposed $30 million for the state’s unmanned aerial system traffic control network and $7 million for a business and aviation park in Grand Forks.

Hinds County electronic system knocked offline, blocking jail, courts and DA communication

A power outage left one county's criminal justice systems unable to share data, blocking individuals from paying bail or being released from jail.

How to effectively build a smart city infrastructure

An integration platform as a service solution supports data integration and cross-platform efficiency for resident health and safety, sustainability efforts and citizen engagement.

Lifting efficiency and innovation with an enterprise platform

One large agency’s hybrid digital platform helped it overcome challenges related to its structure, risk aversion and culture.

Governments view open source as critical for enhancing digital services, experts say

The U.S. government is “still in the process of organizing and coordinating” its own strategy around the use of open source software, according to a CISA official.

City to integrate fleet vehicles with GPS network

Cincinnati aims to modernize its fleet using GPS that tracks vehicle location, collects engine data and improves communication among drivers and dispatch.

Broadband maps for Indian Country called ‘horrible,’ ‘egregious’ and ‘negligent’

Tribal advocates say the FCC’s maps are symbolic of wider, systemic issues, but help may be on the way via a new Virtual Tribal Broadband Office.

Running fiber-optic cable to rural communities is part of Maine’s ambitious broadband plan

Maine’s governor has pledged that everyone in the state who wants high-speed internet will be able to get it by the end of 2024. In just one small, Down East town, that means installing 60 miles of fiber-optic cable.

COBOL: You’re thinking about it wrong

The workhorse computing language suffers from a “major image problem” rooted in fundamental misperceptions, researchers say.

FCC releases proposed rule to give drones more spectrum access

As unmanned aircraft systems have increasingly versatile uses, the FCC wants comments on how best to share band access with more connected devices.

Flexibility, culture key to attracting laid-off tech workers

State and local agencies looking to pick up staff from layoffs at tech companies should be “leaning into different flexibilities,” said one expert.

Language accessibility a growing priority for cities

City websites using machine translations still look to humans to ensure accuracy.

More with less: City cuts back website, increases engagement

A customer-focused information architecture helped Olathe improve customer experience for residents and streamline workflow for staff.