State & Local

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    When drones are part of the smart city network

    Flying sensor-laden drones will be a major contributor to a smart city's network, experts say.

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    How states can nurture smart cities

    Some states are leveraging their purchasing and policy-making powers to make it easier for communities to adopt smart technology.

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    Study: Sentencing software just as bad at predicting recidivism as untrained volunteers

    Researchers found that both a specialty algorithm and untrained volunteers were about 65 percent accurate in predicting recidivism.

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    Oklahoma seeks camera system to verify drivers' insurance

    The state is looking for a system that would analyze a photo of a license plate and run it against a database to find out if the vehicle’s owner is insured.

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    Reaching rural America with broadband internet service

    Is modest-speed internet appropriate for rural areas, or do rural Americans deserve access to the far faster service options available in urban areas?

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    Deadly California mudslides show the need for maps and zoning that better reflect landslide risk

    Landslide hazard maps could help guide zoning decisions and better inform homeowners, banks and insurance companies of potential risks.

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    Finding food poisoning cases via Yelp reviews

    The New York City Health Department and Columbia University analyze Yelp comments for keywords indicating foodborne illness in the city.

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    Report: Community broadband competitively priced

    Community internet service providers are providing better low-cost services than private competitors, research finds.

  • tags on cannabis seedlings (Metrc)

    California tracks marijuana from seed to sale

    The track-and-trace system uses RFID tags to ensure compliance and public health.

  • Karen Jackson (Virginia Secretary of Technology)

    Karen Jackson: The exit interview

    Virginia's outgoing secretary of technology talks about her work in cybersecurity, autonomous technology and smart communities.

  • America’s aging voting machines managed to survive another election

    Elections: Another unsecured enterprise application?

    With IT systems underpinning elections infrastructure, state officials are taking different approaches to secure their systems against growing threats.

  • drone over traffic accident (cla78/

    New York State Police launch drone program

    The State Police will begin using drones to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.

  • small camper used as home (Duplass/

    Census uncertainty spurs state action to prevent undercounting

    To ensure that all their residents get counted, states are coming up with creative solutions to verify the Census Bureau's residential address list.

  • analytics (SFIO CRACHO/

    Modernizing a benefits program? You need better analytics

    Analytics make benefits delivery more efficient by allowing agencies to target services, detect fraud, streamline back-office operations and lower costs.

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.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Guide to MySQL in Government

    Government agencies are adopting new technologies more than ever, including moving to open source software. MySQL is one of the most popular open source databases. More frequently, there is a MySQL database is driving agency mission critical services and applications. And while moving to open source has numerous benefits and challenges, making the right advance preparations and ensuring in-house expertise is in place can help agencies with their open source adoption; realizing all the potential benefits while mitigating any risk.

  • Using Software as a Service For Innovative Government

    As state and local government agencies continue their efforts to modernize and update their IT infrastructure to streamline operations, reduce costs, and deliver better citizen services, many are finding the Software as a Service (SaaS) model to be effective. Moving to a SaaS platform reduces the management burden on IT, improves access and scalability, reduces cost, and can actually increase security.

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