Emerging Technology

Forest Service partners on development of handheld spectrometer

The handheld device -- already used by federal agencies to detect chemicals, explosives and other drugs – will be enhanced to analyze toxic pesticides used in marijuana fields illegally planted on federal lands.

Alexa, Webex headed to the moon

Custom-built versions of Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant and Cisco's Webex video collaboration software will be tested on NASA's unmanned Orion spacecraft as it travels to the moon and back.

James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer on the team explains how to send a giant telescope to space – and why

With the space telescope, scientists can study how stars form in the Milky Way, the atmospheres of planets outside the Solar System and distant galaxies close to the edge of observable universe.

Self-driving shuttle program planned for NJ city

The Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System Project aims to bring 100 self-driving electric shuttles to the state capital’s 90,000 residents.

Cities enlist sensors to tackle noise pollution

New York and Philadelphia hope cameras, decibel meters and machine learning can help reduce excessive noise.

AF’s counter-drone tech nears completion

The easily transportable device uses high-power microwaves to disrupt drone swarms.

Powering up red team operations

Because it takes a red team so much time and subject matter expertise to build a test infrastructure that emulates sophisticated threats and evades detection, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency wants to automate some of that work.

How quantum computing will transform government IT

This new technology offers military and economic benefits, but it also puts the nation’s most critical secrets -- and in fact, all digital infrastructures -- at risk.

NASA testing space-to-Earth optical communications

The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration will validate sending and receiving high-resolution images and videos from geosynchronous orbit to ground stations in California and Hawaii.

NYC eyes drones for building inspections

New York City’s Department of Buildings has found that experienced building safety inspectors using drones can conduct enhanced visual reviews of building façade with greater efficiency.

Quantum computing is reality, not fiction. Here’s how agencies can prepare

Establishing supply chains -- infrastructure, network and security -- for quantum computing is a formidable and far-reaching task that must start now.

DOD, UMD to launch IC research center

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security will focus on basic and applied research for the security and intelligence communities.

VA exploring emerging health care tech

The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting market research on innovative health care solutions, from advanced manufacturing and digital twins to artificial intelligence, immersive-reality simulations and blockchain solutions.

Why self-sovereign identities are so valuable to residents and agencies

SSIs combine control, portability, interoperability and protection to help agencies improve efficiencies, security and services while allowing citizens to be stewards of their data.

County limits workers' comp claims with motion capture tech

Biomechanical data from motion capture cameras combined with a movement algorithm helps Monmouth County, N.J., detect falsified or exaggerated injury claims.

Miami to deploy air-quality monitoring on Algorand blockchain

The city is set to introduce a decentralized indoor and outdoor air-quality monitoring network built on the Algorand blockchain.

Charging ahead: Data drives EV adoption for state and local fleets

With data captured by telematics solutions from electric vehicles, fleet managers can compare the performance of EVs with their gas-powered counterparts to validate projected savings and ramp up future electrification efforts.