State & Local

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    Making drone deliveries a reality

    North Carolina's pilot program will use drones to fly medical supplies between hospitals.

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    Low-cost sensors can improve flood management

    Through the Flood Awareness Apex program, communities are experimenting with low-cost sensors for tracking floods.

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    Prisons enlist drones to monitor inmates, grounds

    For years, corrections officials have been fighting to keep drones out of the airspace around prisons. Now they're turning to the technology to help spot trouble.

  • Securing the smart city

    Mayors are touting tech, open data

    The nation's mayors see technology as key to increasing transparency, efficiency and economic development, according to a new report from the National League of Cities.

  • secure election (WhiteDragon/

    Cyber threats to the midterm elections

    Analysts eventually tracked down Russian hacks to 2016 election systems. But threats for this cycle continue to multiply, a new report found.

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    Drone use skyrockets in public safety

    The number of public safety agencies using drones has increased by approximately 82 percent in the last year, a new report says.

  • New York, DHS launch election cyber exercises

    State, local and federal officials hash out their responses to cybersecurity threat scenarios.

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    Expanding rural infrastructure for drones

    In its drone implementation pilot, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will demonstrate how rural communities can leverage unmanned systems despite the lack of communications infrastructure.

  • columbus, ohio, skyline (YurkaImmortal/

    A closer look at the Smart Columbus Operating System

    The platform will house a data repository and tools for powering applications from that data.

  • las vegas (Business stock/

    Hackers love Las Vegas

    A new report identifies the least secure cities in the county.

  • Framingham Mass on a map (sevenMaps7/

    Mining open data for financial transparency

    Framingham, Mass., is putting budget data into a self-service portal where staff and residents can drill down into specific line items in the city’s budget.

  • drone over a lake (MilanMarkovic78/

    Mosquito-hunting drones

    As one of the winners of the Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Integration Pilot Program, a Florida county plans to expand its use of drones to control mosquitos.

  • DARPA looks to measure privacy protection

    States stumble on internet privacy

    After net-neutrality and privacy rules were repealed last year, states have had little success crafting regulations of their own.

  • Montana

    Montana test-drives code-free chatbots

    The Motor Vehicle Division uses a drag-and-drop builder to construct conversational chatbots that guide online users through multiple-step processes.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • Real-World Testing Ensures Real-World Performance for Rugged Devices

    The increasingly mobile nature of technology enables computing devices to go out into the field with workers. And computing devices leaving the office face the same perils as their human counterparts. Like workers in the field, the technology needs to be tough enough to survive adverse conditions.

  • Buyers Guide: Apple v. Dell Precision Workstations

    When buying a workstation, price-performance matters. But it’s not the only consideration. Also important is aligning features and capabilities with user applications and workloads. So are system optimization, expandability and support. While many buyers — especially in graphics, video and multimedia fields — might consider Apple’s iMac, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro models best suited to their needs, they may be selling themselves short in many ways. This paper provides a checklist for buyers to compare Apple’s newest high-end offerings with the latest Dell Precision workstations.

  • The Rugged Truth: TCO of Rugged vs. Non-Rugged Computing Devices

    Are you trying to determine if a rugged notebook or tablet is right for your business? Technology Business Research, Inc.(TBR) found in their recent research, purchasers should understand the true value of their mobile computing by calculating the total cost of ownership to see if a switch to rugged systems is worthwhile. In order to help IT and organizational purchasers make the right computing investment, Dell and Intel® recently worked with VDC Research to understand the true total cost of ownership for rugged vs. non–rugged notebooks and tablets in harsh work environments. Read this white paper to see the costs associated with each scenario and to help you determine if a rugged solution would benefit your business.

  • Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Workstation over a PC

    It seems every business sector—automotive, aerospace and defense, heavy industry, consumer goods, even agriculture—wants “smarter” products that will comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) and form the basis for the connected factory of the future. For engineering departments, large and small, that means today’s design engineering teams are being asked to create more complex product designs, simulate more advanced mechanical and electrical phenomena, and virtually assemble components as part of larger systems—all in less time.

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    Data wrangling: How data goes from raw to refined

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