Data & Analytics

Machine learning maps location of lead pipes

An open-source map will help communities find and remove pipes faster.

Data & Analytics

How AI helps one city spot damaged rooftops

The Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Department is using a mix of artificial intelligence, GIS-based flyover imagery and building code enforcement data to automatically detect at-risk buildings.

Emerging Tech

Smart street pilots aim to curb parking violations

Chicago plans to use cameras to enforce parking rules, boost safety for pedestrians and cyclists and streamline operations in commercial loading zones.

Emerging Tech

Tech keeps city’s fleet vehicles within speed limits

Active intelligent speed assistance technology has kept drivers from speeding and cut hard braking by more than a third, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said.

Cybersecurity

States should follow feds in Chinese tech bans

With a recent report citing at least 1,600 state and local agencies still buying IT and communications equipment from China, one researcher advised they follow federal guidance more closely.

Data & Analytics

Flood forecasts in real-time with block-by-block data could save lives – a new machine learning method makes it possible

A sophisticated flood model can be used to train local flood hazard models that can pinpoint conditions street by street using real-time storm forecasts.

Emerging Tech

NIST cooks up modified yeast for responder biothreat training

The yeast reference material has qualities similar to harmful biological agents, enabling first responders to practice detecting biothreats.

Emerging Tech

Portable gunshot detector senses firearms’ sound and flash

The system uses the sound and flash of the fired gun to identify and validate each shot, reducing response times and false positives.

Data & Analytics

Young men have higher risk of gun death in some US cities than in war

In some U.S. ZIP codes, young men are more at risk of firearm-related injuries than military individuals deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, a study finds.

Data & Analytics

Statistical model predicts daily high tide flooding

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a new model that can predict daily high tide flooding months in advance.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Efficient public safety demands evolving tech

Modern cloud, mobile and data analysis tools are key to streamlined, professional police work, a new survey found.

Cybersecurity

Chinese drones could expose state, local governments

Amid the uncertainty surrounding drones’ cybersecurity, a new program vets drones to ensure they meet rigorous security requirements.

Emerging Tech

In northern Minnesota, autonomous vehicles are hitting rural roads

As Grand Rapids becomes the first rural community in the nation to pilot an autonomous shuttle service, it’s a trial by snow and ice rather than fire.

Emerging Tech

City seeks digital twin for public building interiors

As original blueprints are no longer accurate, Aurora, Illinois, wants indoor digital maps to update records and increase public safety.

Emerging Tech

Real-time tracking now available for some city school buses

New York City’s efforts to modernize school transportation have been dogged by delays — like its buses — but this new effort will allow parents and schools to monitor them.

Public Safety

How the FCC shields cellphone companies from safety concerns

When a small Massachusetts town complained about the negative effects of cell phone towers on residents' health, it faced fierce opposition -- not just from industry, but from the Federal Communications Commission.

Cybersecurity

FCC proposes to strengthen cybersecurity of emergency alert systems

Emergency alert system participants would be required to disclose cyber breaches within 72 hours of discovery.

Emerging Tech

E-tongue tastes water for contaminants

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Lowell are piloting a handheld, cloud-connected electrochemical sensor that quickly tests tap water for contaminants.

Data & Analytics

City’s custom-built app scores homeless encampment safety

With the Homeless Emergency Management Tracking and Prioritization Tool, Austin gets consistent health, safety and impact data on encampments citywide to support cross-departmental intervention.

Public Safety

After Uvalde, states look to new digital maps to keep schools safe

States such as Virginia are stepping up efforts to provide emergency responders with up-to-date digital maps of their school buildings for improved crisis prevention.

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