Data & Analytics

NC rolls out criminal justice data portal

An interactive data clearinghouse will give decision-makers broader access to crime statistics.

Data & Analytics

Wastewater testing programs need better coordination, data standards, GAO says

Wastewater surveillance systems are helping communities predict COVID-19 outbreaks, but lack of national coordination and standardized methods pose challenges to wider adoption, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Pre-COVID modernization streamlined DMV services

Because North Carolina modernized its DMV portal prior to the pandemic, it could easily pivot to online driver’s permit applications, virtual queueing and automated license and tag renewals.

Emerging Tech

Virtual courts streamline services, improve participation

The rapid shift to online services during the COVID-19 pandemic pushed states’ civil courts to embrace electronic filing for defendants without lawyers, e-notarizations and fully virtual trials.

Emerging Tech

Robots enlisted for public safety missions

State and local responders are rolling out robots to help with situational awareness, disaster response and remote patrol.

Public Safety

Security equipment rebates aim to boost community safety

Chicago is offering residents and businesses rebates on security cameras, cloud storage and GPS-based vehicle trackers.

Public Safety

Drone inspects subway tunnels after nearby building collapse

After the collapse of a parking garage over subway tunnels, officials in Boston used a drone to assess conditions before sending in a team of structural engineers for in-depth inspections.

Data & Analytics

Open bus data makes transit schedules more reliable

Researchers at the University of Washington used bus location and speed data from two Seattle-area transit networks to create a dashboard that shows the average bus speed between stops, allowing officials to pinpoint slowdowns.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware tests local governments

Malicious actors increasingly target smaller governments that lack sufficient cyber defenses, risking the operation of critical public services.

Cybersecurity

FBI urges local agencies to prepare for ransomware attacks

To fend off attacks and avoid unnecessary exposure, the FBI issued a notice calling on local governments to deploy timely patching, awareness campaigns and regular encrypted backups.

Emerging Tech

AV shuttles drive wider transit options

Autonomous shuttles give cities a low-risk way to test connected infrastructure, expand transit options and reduce traffic congestion.

Data & Analytics

Why digital ID for airport check-in is taking so long

To provide the same kind of security traditional state-issued driver’s licenses do, mobile versions require an ecosystem that includes users, their phones, the authenticated digital ID, reader devices, cyber infrastructure, privacy standards and secure data transfer.

Public Safety

Police look to doorbell cameras to reduce crime

Through a community network of doorbell cameras, officials in Winnebago County, Illinois, hope to get faster notification of suspicious activity and improve criminal investigations.

Emerging Tech

5G and 6G networks to give first responders and smart city projects a boost, researchers say

But lower latency and the capacity to support more devices brings increased supply chain and cybersecurity risks.

Emerging Tech

Apple Wallet goes live for ID verification at TSA checkpoint

Arizona is the first to integrate Apple’s biometric verification at airport security checkpoints.

Cybersecurity

Threat-resilient workforce key to preventing cyberattacks

Investing in workforce training and education will go a long way in stopping attacks that target state and local agencies, a cyber expert said.

Public Safety

3G sunset could impact public safety services

Public safety services that depend on the older network, like transit information displays, school buses and medical alert devices, will be affected.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Smart cities awards names 17 winners

IDC Government Insights selected initiatives related to social services, transportation infrastructure and water management.

Cybersecurity

North Carolina launches cybersecurity task force

As the latest state to formally establish its own task force, North Carolina aims to improve its cybersecurity posture with technical assistance and incident coordination between state and local agencies.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers call for IG review of DC mayor’s WhatsApp use

In a letter to the District of Columbia inspector general, lawmakers urged a thorough review of the use of encrypted messaging apps by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s staff.

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