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Stephanie Kanowitz

Stephanie Kanowitz is a freelance writer based in northern Virginia.
Data & Analytics

A city where big data, analytics drive mobility choices

San Jose’s decision support system helps officials decide how well mobility projects support city goals and whether past actions have played out as expected.

Public Safety

State integrates 911 communications, data to improve emergency response

California is combining the data and notification capabilities of Rave Mobile Safety and RapidDeploy, allowing agencies to publish real-time incident data from their computer-aided dispatch systems to responders.

Data & Analytics

Investigators tap data, tech, tipsters to root out fraudsters

While prevention is the best defense against fraud, waste and abuse, the majority of state and local government analysts say they have the tools and resources they need to unravel complex webs of fraud, a recent survey says.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Telemedicine increases health equity for inmates

Colorado’s Department of Corrections is providing medical treatment via remote video consultations and connected scopes over fiber connections, which not only improves health outcomes but also minimizes the security and staffing needs required to transport prisoners to specialists.

Cybersecurity

Cyber modernization too complex for quick fixes, in-house solutions, report says

State and local agencies feel pressure to quickly overhaul their technologies and processes to stay ahead of adversaries and meet growing IT demands, but they first need an in-depth assessment of strategic costs and other implications.

Data & Analytics

Local gov keeps project knowledge from walking out the door

eProject eXpress tracks energy project information and verified savings, keeping all the important data, pictures and documents throughout the performance period and beyond.

Emerging Tech

Utah readies mobile driver’s license rollout

While the technology for the mDL is ready, the challenge is creating an ecosystem of partners who accept the digital ID.

Data & Analytics

Alaska automates tax collection from out-of-state sales

An online portal helps local governments with remote sales tax collection, remittance and enforcement.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Private LTE fills coverage gaps for communication emergencies

The Colorado Department of Transportation is testing a “network in a box” that would allow first responders and CDOT employees to communicate in remote areas or where the fiber infrastructure has been damaged.

Cybersecurity

How a fast-growing town moved from ad hoc to strategic cybersecurity

Security operations center as a service gives Gilbert, Arizona, a single pane of glass for support, services and collaboration.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud-based 911 for faster emergency response

With its interactive emergency communication response platform and access to a location data clearinghouse, the Rio Grande Council of Governments can speed help to 911 callers, even if they don’t know where they are.

Data & Analytics

Health info exchange’s data innovations take the ‘detective work’ out of public health

CRISP’s data lake and scalable, sharable applications help community health services in Maryland investigate overdoses.

Cloud & Infrastructure

County assessor’s code repository powers transparent government

Cook County, Illinois, Assessor’s Office moved paper-based and siloed property assessment records to the GitLab DevOps platform where developers now post data and code to a public-facing repository.

Emerging Tech

Smart cities grow up

Rather than technology driving smart city projects, today’s efforts focus on outcomes and ecosystems.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How to move a data center

Utah’s Division of Technology Services pushed 25% of its applications to the cloud and moved 2,000 servers, the state network, databases and a mainframe from a soon-to-be demolished building into a new facility with a faster network, new equipment and environmental monitoring.

Cybersecurity

Lawyers may be limiting threat info sharing

A new study examines how attorney-client privilege and work product immunity impacts cybersecurity.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Digital forms bring low-cost transparency, accessibility to city programs

With CiviForm -- an open source, shared software tool – Bloomington has streamlined the application process for scholarships, utilities assistance and IT equipment donations.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Civic engagement takes off with digital survey and respect for community feedback

An easily accessible cloud-based questionnaire and analytics tool helped Corona, California, get more than five times more responses from residents than previous efforts.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Digital hub finds new careers, available benefits for jobseekers

The cloud-based Hawaii Career Acceleration Navigator matches a users’ key skills to available jobs and streamlines unemployment claims processing and access to support services.

Emerging Tech

State explores drone skyway

Michigan is investigating the data and networking infrastructure required for commercial drones flying in shared air mobility corridors beyond the operator’s visual line of sight.