For fighting fires, video conferencing is 'game-changing,' says Nevada department

Fire teams are drawing video feeds from drones and using video conferencing to communicate across jurisdictions, replacing manual processes that could take days to complete previously.

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Facing budget shortfalls, cities begin furloughing tech workers

by • 6 days ago

Their finances punished by the coronavirus pandemic, cities are preparing to furlough many of their workers, and IT officials are no exemption.

San Antonio's R&D League to tackle public health, environment

by • 7 days ago

Next month's two-day event is expected to connect the general public with organizations interested in developing unique ideas to problems ranging from digital access to housing.

Four ways local governments can promote startup innovation

by • 1 week ago

Commentary: Two "smart city" experts urge local leaders to create regulatory environments that encourage growth and innovation.

San Antonio looks to eliminate bias within 'smart city' planning

by • 1 week ago

City officials want to make their annual community surveys more accessible to non-English speakers and other residents who may be excluded from them.

Schools remain 'easy target' for ransomware as Maze targets big K-12 systems

by • 1 week ago

There's a "special place in hell" for ransomware actors who go after schools during the start to a chaotic academic year, one analyst told StateScoop.

Delaware city to pilot all-in-one public transit app in 2021

by • 2 weeks ago

A new app from Via Transportation is hoped to provide greater accessibility as residents of Georgetown, Delaware, consider dozens of transit options.

Denver tech agency considers upgraded digital services, messaging

by • 2 weeks ago

The Denver City Council is ready to vote on a proposal that would mean a $1.9 million upgrade contract with OpenCities, a Microsoft-owned software maker.

Portland enacts nation's strongest facial recognition ban

by • 2 weeks ago

Portland has become the first to ban all both public and private sector organizations from using facial recognition systems within city limits.

LA's use of Citizen for contact tracing has some privacy advocates worried

by • 2 weeks ago

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced the selection of Citizen, a company that uses GPS to track users' locations, as the city's contact-tracing app vendor.

Permitting software, fire cameras among Philadelphia's latest innovation projects

by • 2 weeks ago

The latest round of funding in Philadelaphia's Innovation Fund includes seven projects, many redesigned to meet agency needs during the pandemic.