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.

Data & Analytics

Drive-by property appraisals streamline data collection

A Kansas county is using vehicles outfitted with rooftop cameras and LiDAR units to quickly and inexpensively capture property images that are then integrated into its cloud-based appraisal system.

State & Local

Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants

A new analysis suggests that over half of communities in the West lack the capacity to take advantage of infrastructure bill funding. Now what?

Cybersecurity

Phishing threats attempt to hook new government victims

While the government is focused on the dangers of ransomware, phishing campaigns can circumvent the usual protections placed on its networks.

Cybersecurity

City, state cybersecurity programs follow Washington’s lead

Federal actions like the executive order on cybersecurity or CISA’s Shield Up warning can help reinforce state and local cybersecurity efforts.

Data & Analytics

Need help finding broadband grants? Tool helps sift through opportunities

A new tool from US Ignite helps communities search and filter federal grant opportunities to support broadband expansion and smart city deployments.

Public Safety

FirstNet boosts in-building coverage

A new investment in the responder network will facilitate one of the most desired improvements.

Data & Analytics

Wastewater monitoring took off during the COVID-19 pandemic – and here’s how it could help head off future outbreaks

Widespread and routine use of wastewater monitoring would give public health officials access to information about the levels of a range of potential infections in U.S. communities.

Emerging Tech

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.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud authorization ecosystem to expand, StateRAMP predicts

To meet demand for cloud security validations, the State Risk and Authorization Management Program is working to increase standardization and create bidirectional relationships with other security frameworks for criminal justice, tax or health data.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NIST is building a 5G network to model cybersecurity for operators

NIST's draft publication is designed to clarify how cloud security capabilities can help protect a 5G network.

Data & Analytics

Open-source intelligence: The new frontier of digital investigations

End-to-end open source intelligence solutions that can automatically collect, analyze and structure information in a user-friendly way can help investigators get actionable insights from mountains of online data.

State & Local

Driverless vehicles are finally hitting city streets

In San Francisco, people can now catch rides in cars without anybody behind the wheel. But as the technology spreads, are regulators ready?

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and supply chain essential for building tomorrow’s digital infrastructure

Investing in solution providers that can operate in a multivendor environment not only allows states and regions to select the combination of products and solutions that best fit their unique needs and budgets, but it also ensures they have more options to choose from in the face of supply chain issues.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware attacks more frequent, damaging and costly

Attackers targeting state and local governments demanded the lowest ransom payments of any sector surveyed, but victims were more likely to pay, according to a recent report.

Public Safety

NJ combats vehicle theft with license plate readers

New Jersey will expand its network of high-speed automated cameras to crack down on record numbers of stolen cars.

Cybersecurity

CISA points to water sector in seeking $80 million more for FEMA grants

CISA and FEMA are currently rolling out the first of $1 billion in Rescue Act funding to help target-rich, resource-poor state and local entities improve their cybersecurity.

Emerging Tech

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.

Emerging Tech

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.

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