Public Safety

One city's proposed e-scooter ultimatum: No sidewalks or no scooting

The new plan under consideration in San Francisco would require all of the transportation devices to have anti-sidewalk technology or to stop operation.

Crash data analysis gets $1M infusion

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles will use the funding to improve reporting on commercial motor vehicle accidents.

How Little Rock is harnessing data to become a smarter city

“My team and I, we’re focused on getting things done, but with a data-driven approach,” says the mayor of Arkansas’ capital.

When remains are found in a suitcase, forensics can learn a lot from the insects trapped within

Forensic scientists are studying decomposing piglets to learn more about how the insects that come to pick at and lay eggs in cadavers can reveal details surrounding the person's death such as the time or season.

Wildfire maps underscore risks — and costs — of climate change

The Oregon Department of Forestry uses a map to show which homes are on high-risk lands for wildfires, but residents question the map's accuracy and the rising insurance costs it seems to bring.

In war on disinformation, a dubious crusader joins the fight — the government

New Jersey opened an online portal to dispel disinformation on issues such as monkeypox, but the public's political and economic concerns may cause such programs to backfire.

Baltimore police to upgrade cell phone tracking tech

The city approved a $920,000 purchase of a cell site simulator, known as a “stingray,” that police said helps further investigations.

Possible cyber regs face fragmented, underfunded water sector

The Environmental Protection Agency could give states regulatory authority, but some experts worry rules will become “obsolete” as technology advances.

Mobile app aims to reduce work zone-related crashes

Florida is testing the Lane Closure Notification System, which allows highway workers to send notices of traffic changes to navigation services like Waze.

USDOT awards funding for tech infusion to transit, highway systems

More than a dozen cities and states received funds for intelligent transportation programs that promote safety, improve access and reduce congestion.

AI-powered cameras to enforce bus lanes

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority partnered with Hayden AI on the bus-mounted cameras, which will use artificial intelligence and edge computing to process violations.

Cities can apply for free monitoring of sewage for signs of monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

State and local law enforcement may get drone detection authority

The legislation introduced in the Senate would also establish a list of authorized detection equipment to ensure governments purchase approved technology.

AI can be a first line of defense in fielding 988 calls

As the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is being rolled out, most localities are still unprepared and understaffed.

Amazon admits to giving police ring footage without owners’ permission

The smart-doorbell company, which has partnered with more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies, said in a letter that it shared multiple videos with police departments without first seeking user consent.

FBI, LA County target rogue drones upending firefighting efforts

The new drone deterrent system can quickly identify and locate drones interfering with firefighting operations.

Officers’ smart cards foster transparency, community trust

Police in Alpharetta, Georgia, are testing smart cards that citizens can scan with their mobile devices to access officer-specific contact and case information.

State and local leaders call for overhaul of nation’s 911 system

A group that includes mayors, police chiefs and state officials want to rethink who should respond to calls for help.