How a rapid move to remote work refined cyber in local government
Winners of the cybersecurity award in the 2020 LocalSmart Awards said the pandemic shifted the way they approach cybersecurity.
How do cities pay for new technology? Not always with money.
Creative partnerships with local startups allow some city innovation offices to fund new pilot projects when they're short on cash.
Houston offers technical training to low-income residents, students
The City of Houston and Microsoft have announced a new training program to equip residents for technical career transitions during the pandemic.
User privacy, data management key concerns as Houston pursues vehicle electrification
The city is asking companies for ideas as it solves challenges of data and infrastructure on the road to an entirely electric vehicle fleet.
Houston partners with Microsoft to improve school safety with sensors
The city's deputy CIO says projects powered by environmental sensors like one in Aldine ISD could enable Houston to become "the smartest city in the world."
Houston using Hurricane Harvey recovery to promote 'smart city' agenda
Mayor Sylvester Turner says continued rebuilding after the 2017 storm has enabled technology investments that modernize the city and make it more competitive.
Houston warns residents against using third-party bill-pay website
The city is calling Doxo.com a "suspicious website" after a resident reported a failed payment, but the company's co-founder says it's been serving Houston residents successfully since 2011.
Houston, China partner on biomedical innovation center
The agreement to collaborate with the city of Suzhou, specifically around biomedical sciences and biotechnology, comes as President Trump continues his trade war with China.
After Harvey, Houston telehealth program helped city ration emergency services
Using video conferencing, public safety workers can help people in emergencies figure out whether they need an ambulance or just a taxi.