Murder hornet tracking, wildfire response get GIS boost

by • 8 months ago

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

by • 8 months ago

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

by • 9 months ago

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

by • 1 year ago

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

by • 1 year ago

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

by • 2 years ago

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

by • 2 years ago

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

by • 2 years ago

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?

by • 2 years ago

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.