California to get help from Pentagon on wildfires
The state will use data from a Cold War-era satellite to track new wildfires and expand its use of aerial drones, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.
California hackathon to look for tech-driven solutions to state's deadly wildfires
With the traditional start of wildfire season approaching, teams of developers will try to come up with new ways to detect blazes and help victims.
Telecom industry opposes California 'throttling' bill after wildfires
The telecom industry's biggest lobbying association is pushing back on a bill that would prohibit wireless carriers from throttling public safety agencies' data plans.
Texas bill would prevent phone companies from 'throttling' first responders' data
The legislation follows an incident in which Verizon cut off firefighters' mobile devices that hit a monthly data limit during the biggest wildfire in California history.
Tech response to disasters starts with culture, CIO of California's emergency services says
Critical work doesn't get done unless everyone pitches in and supports each other, said Carla Simmons, the CIO of the state's Office of Emergency Services.
California Gov. Newsom orders procurement reform for faster wildfire response
The new governor said the state will solicit bids for firefighting technology using a process that gives vendors broad authority to define the solutions.
California is planning a technology conference to help it fight wildfires
After the most destructive and deadly year for wildfires in recent memory, state officials will look to innovate ways to combat future blazes.
California's deadly wildfires present opportunity for email scammers
The gift card schemes are very low-tech, but they take advantage of people's sympathies after a deadly natural disaster, an email security consultant says.
Drones and databases: How two Western states are meeting an aggressive wildfire season with tech
While Colorado takes to the air, California is standardizing data to provide more accurate real-time information to firefighters and the public.