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.

Data & Analytics

States must expand data sources for strategic flood resilience

Failure to incorporate forward-looking climate data and demographic trends will limit states’ ability to develop effective flood mitigation plans.

Data & Analytics

City gains real-time visibility into snow removal operations

Residents and public works officials in Syracuse to monitor the progress of snow removal vehicles in real time.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How states can streamline broadband grant administration

A new playbook aims to help states understand their broadband needs, determine which projects deserve priority and design and run a successful state grant program.

Public Safety

DHS lines up emerging tech for responder evaluation

At this summer's Urban OpEx 2022 exercise in New York City, responders will test a range of technologies – from biometric sensors and robotics to air-quality monitors and video analytics.

State & Local

Mayor snagged in WhatsApp debate

Use of the encrypted messaging app by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s administration rekindles discussion over apps that allow officials to skirt the spirit, if not the letter, of open-records laws.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Digital services delivery relies on better broadband

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is working to upgrade broadband infrastructure to ensure residents can access digital services and government can deliver a more satisfying customer experience.

Data & Analytics

Data-driven strategy, culture drive better decisions

A high-level data strategy that flows down through the organization makes it easier to tie analysis to business decisions.

Public Safety

Wireless data reduces high-speed accidents at intersections

Wireless data transmitted between oncoming vehicles and traffic signals is allowing researchers to dynamically change the duration of green lights to prevent accidents.

Cybersecurity

NY launches joint cybersecurity center to strengthen coordination

The Joint Security Operations Center will bring federal, state, county and local cybersecurity data sharing efforts under one umbrella to improve incident response and provide a holistic view of the cyber-threat landscape.

Public Safety

GIS amplifies emergency response

Public safety agencies are leveraging GIS-based apps and dashboards to improve response and operational efficiencies.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Zero trust, CX, robotic process automation on deck for 2022

To increase the public’s trust in digital government services, governments will lean into zero trust, customer experience and robotic processes, Forrester analysts predicted.

Data & Analytics

Why data-driven decision making is harder than it looks

Producing digestible data to drive more effective decision-making means getting both technology and policies on the same page, a new study shows.

State & Local

The coastal cities expecting the greatest sea-level rise

A new report from NOAA describes the vulnerabilities coastline communities are facing from climate change and the effects of sea level rise.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Broadband expansion depends on reliable data

A new report highlights the importance of baseline data with case studies of cities and states bridging the digital divide.

Data & Analytics

Seattle takes on double parking with curbside data

An open-source specification that shares curbside data on loading zones will help the city reduce congestion and make it easier for delivery drivers to find usable spaces.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware routed by fast-acting, info-sharing Texans

Thanks to federal, state and local government coordination, security teams were able to get 23 Texas municipalities hit with ransomware in 2019 back in business in eight days.

Data & Analytics

Sensor, satellite data help map, predict heat islands

A community project to map urban heat in North Carolina sent volunteers out to collect sensor data, which was then used – in combination with satellite imagery and machine learning -- to create predictive surface temperature maps.

Data & Analytics

Connected vehicle data often goes unused

Cities that can access and manage data from connected vehicles will find it easier to improve road safety, emergency planning, congestion and electric vehicle expansion, a recent report says.

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