Emerging Tech

California dives into blockchain

A May 4 executive order positions the state as blockchain friendly and sets the stage for agency adoption of distributed ledger technology.

Can New York court and regulate the crypto industry at the same time?

Some state lawmakers are making enemies in the cryptocurrency industry as Eric Adams tries to woo it.

Detecting disasters with satellite data

Researchers at Ohio State University are using satellite data to create 3D image models that could detect natural disasters in remote regions soon after they happen, giving first responders accurate information about the local needs.

Smart pavement powers data collection, EV charging, wireless access, edge computing

With the installation of smart pavement at five downtown intersections, a Kansas town is driving smart infrastructure adoption.

Blasting out Earth’s location with the hope of reaching aliens is a controversial idea – two teams of scientists are doing it anyway

One team will send a series of radio pulses toward the center of the Milky Way, about 10,000 to 20,000 light-years from Earth. The other will beam a message toward a solar system with three Earth-like worlds -- that's only 39 light-years away.

States and cities are moving to make virtual hearings permanent

In the nation's statehouses and city halls, officials want remote meetings to outlast the Covid-19 crisis. Disability advocates are among those who support the idea. Others worry about the loss of in-person interactions and diminished oversight.

Bitcoin mining comes to city hall

Fort Worth, Texas, has installed three bitcoin mining machines in its data center as part of a six-month pilot to assess the implications and opportunities of minting cryptocurrency.

How drones document crash scenes

Using photos, video imagery and orthomosaics provided by drones, the National Transportation Safety Board can analyze and recreate accidents across all transportation industries.

Get ready for the metaverse

While the metaverse may seem over the horizon, the National League of Cities says many cities are already experimenting with metaverse-enabling technologies: the internet of things, digital twins and blockchain.

Michigan, National Park Service to test mobility tech in local national parks

State agencies will work with NPS on projects to relieve traffic congestion and improve environmental sustainability, visitor access or safety.

The push toward climate-friendly grid security and resilience

The Department of Energy is funding research to make a greener energy grid less vulnerable to cyberattack.

Remaking government to meet the moment

The future of government service delivery will depend on growing customer experience skills at the state level, Healthcare.gov alum and founder of New America’s New Practice Lab Tara Dawson McGuinness said.

States look to VR for workforce development

Alabama and Arkansas have been using virtual reality to familiarize potential workers with entry-level skills.

Traffic safety tech curbs pedestrian-related accidents

Two new tools will make the streets of Bellevue, Washington, safer by increasing the time pedestrians have at crosswalks and better identifying multi-modal traffic at intersections.

Streetlights leverage digital infrastructure for smart city apps

Cities are using internet-connected poles to support 5G access, energy efficiency, climate-related data collection and electric vehicle charging.

House panel launches probe into ID.me

At least 30 state governments also use the identity verification service, lawmakers say.

Scene graph technology: High-impact use cases for government

Scene graphs allow humans and machines to categorize and query images based on complex relationships among objects in a scene.