Murder hornet tracking, wildfire response get GIS boost
GIS officials in Washington and Oregon say recent events — including the appearance of Asian giant hornets — have raised their profiles in state government.
Oregon could be next state to launch a vaccine app
With COVID-19 cases filling up the state's hospitals, officials are reportedly considering the development of a mobile pass for people to show their vaccination status.
Oregon IT audit highlights cyber policy gaps
The state’s technology division agreed with auditor recommendations but cited challenges with IT’s decentralized structure.
Washington state switches on earthquake early-warning system
A system already used in California and Oregon, called ShakeAlert, went live in Washington, but third-party apps, which are faster, aren't available there yet.
Oregon lawmakers want to improve human trafficking reporting
Workers at bars and hotels would be required to report suspected cases of human trafficking — a modest measure for the fastest-growing criminal enterprise.
Government needs better air-quality messaging, not more data, says Portland official
Portland Smart City Coordinator Christine Kendrick said what's needed most now isn't more sensors or data, but "action" from local authorities.
Five states tap real-time data to improve roadway safety
Louisiana, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas have boosted their use of real-time roadway data in recent months.
Oregon State Police not implementing basic cybersecurity policies, audit finds
An audit found the agency has fallen well short in applying a set of six widely accepted IT security controls, including inventories of devices and software.
Why is it so hard for DMVs to upgrade their technology?
The answer doesn't lie in the technology itself, but the decades of bureaucratic baggage that even the most innovative leaders have struggled to change.