On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, San Jose, California, Chief Innovation Officer Clay Garner explains how he’s trying address digital equity and emerging tech in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Garner, who started in the role in January, says his top priorities are bridging the digital divide, thinking about how technology can improve public safety and embrace new technologies for traffic safety and transportation.
As part of that focus on traffic safety, the city is experimenting with lidar on its roadways in an attempt to calm a recent uptick in pedestrian deaths. Garner says the city is using the sensor technology to identify near-misses, a “crucial” data point as the city attempts to solve a fatal problem that’s been exacerbated nationwide by the pandemic. The innovation lead says the near-miss data point helps round out the picture of what’s happening on city roads between actual collision data, as well as its camera-based road monitoring systems.
In the news this week:
Virginia has a new CIO. Bob Osmond, previously the IT lead for the state Department of Transportation, will take the helm of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. Osmond comes to the job after the abrupt departure of Phil Wittmer, who stepped down after less than a than a month in the role earlier this year.
Texas’ Department of Information Resources has named Angelo State University as the first of several regional security operations centers around the state. The SOC will provide network monitoring and incident-response services to local governments and other entities around West Texas. The regional SOCs were part of sweeping cybersecurity legislation that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last year.
California’s Department of General Services added GitLab to the state’s software licensing program. GitLab is a publisher of software-development tools that check individual lines of code for known vulnerabilities in near-real-time instead of waiting until an entire program is completed.
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