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Amanda Ziadeh

Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.
State & Local

Wiring up the connected city

The Connected City Blueprint identifies smart cities’ connectivity options, their benefits and the value propositions.


DHS to demo cyber defenses at RSA

The Department of Homeland Security’s booth will feature 12 government-funded solutions that are ready for pilot deployment and commercialization.

Data & Analytics

Advice for the incoming class of CDOs

A new report aims to flatten the learning curve for new chief data officers.

State & Local

County adopts smarter emergency alerting

Berkeley County, W.Va., is implementing a mass public safety notification system.

State & Local

California looks to expand agile vendor pool

The state’s Department of Technology plans to include up to 30 vendors in the next phase of the prequalification program.

State & Local

Trapped drivers opt-in for emergency alerts

The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s 511PAConnect system lets motorists stuck in traffic send information and receive incident updates from emergency response teams.

Data & Analytics

Syracuse gets early warnings on water main breaks and fires

The city is leveraging teamwork, data and open source code to build models to help it predict water main breaks and fatal house fires.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Hyperconverged solution streamlines transit IT

San Francisco’s transit agency is using Nutanix’s enterprise cloud solution to improve service delivery and reduce its data center footprint.

State & Local

San Francisco takes on local flooding with Adopt a Drain

The city modified the open source code from Boston’s Adopt a Hydrant program, which lets residents volunteer to shovel out fire hydrants buried by snowstorms.

Data & Analytics

Getting roads ready for connected, autonomous vehicles

The Federal Highway Administration released a new guide to help transportation planners deploy and integrate vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies.

Data & Analytics

Dashboard visualizes health of urban populations

The City Health Dashboard gives four pilot cities more accurate and actionable health metrics so officials can better target policies addressing their cities’ risk factors.

Data & Analytics

Scratching the surface of the Obama administration’s social media data

The Internet Archive hosted a hackathon to encourage the public’s use of the Obama Administration’s open social media data.

Education Department creates developers hub

The department partnered with 18F to build a Github repository of open source projects and application programming interfaces.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD grants Level 5 authorization for Azure, Office 365

Department of Defense users can now leverage Microsoft Azure Government Cloud and Office 365 services for controlled unclassified information requiring higher security requirements.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DISA seeks to streamline systems and operation centers

The agency wants to make the Department of Defense Information Network more efficient by standardizing tools and improving cloud compatibility.

Data & Analytics

NYC wants more data from Uber

Uber's new data portal won't satisfy New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is requesting drop-off location data to reduce the risks of driver fatigue.

Data & Analytics

DOD tests river navigation system upgrade

The Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers are testing an enhanced waterway safety broadcast system on the Ohio River in Louisville, Ky.

Data & Analytics

'America’s data agency' makes economic info more visual

The Commerce Department wants to give users a way to better understand economic data.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Map-based tool for transportation-related asset management

SADA Systems’ Atom is a cloud-based solution for managing and tracking regional road structure assets, projects and field personnel.

Data & Analytics

Smart transportation hits interoperability speed bump

Although many states are outfitting their roads with smart technology, they are still faced with interoperability challenges resulting from auto manufacturer-specific devices.