December 28, 2009 By News Report
A school district in Aurora, Colo., has installed two computer kiosks in a local shopping mall so that parents can check on their child's progress and grades at school. The kiosks cost $7,500 each and are password protected. School officials said the district might place the kiosks elsewhere in Aurora if they're successful.
Source: The Denver Post
New Jersey recently adopted a system that will connect law enforcement and the media so that they can disseminate information to the public when an at-risk person, such as an Alzheimer's sufferer, goes missing. The system will be used for people of all ages who have cognitive disorders. The "Silver Alerts" can be put on highway message signs and broadcast on TV stations.
Believe it or not, four communities in Massachusetts still lack Internet service of any kind. Gov. Deval Patrick and the nonprofit OpenCape Corp. are among those pursuing grants to build broadband capacity and extend its reach. The OpenCape project, which would bring Internet service to underserved areas, is one of several projects competing for federal money.
Source: Cape Cod Times
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.