April 29, 2010 By Karen Stewartson
Riverside, Calif., uses geo-mapping technology to record graffiti incidents and locations. The system also helps the city quantify the cost associated with graffiti cleanup, so it can collect full restitution from taggers. Riverside spends more than $1 million on graffiti cleanup annually. Here's a look at how the technology works:
1. City workers take a picture of the graffiti using a GPS-enabled digital camera, which captures its precise location.
2. The information is uploaded into the city's graffiti abatement database.
3. The system creates an interactive GIS map showing graffiti locations and images.
4. Information is made available to the police department for criminal investigation and the attorney general's office for prosecution. Source: Riversideca.gov
83% of corporate and 92% of federal government IT decision-makers said information security is their top concern when it comes to social media use in their organizations, according to CDW-G.
Cell phones could soon replace hotel key cards by using a Crypto Acoustic Credential - computer-generated tones - to unlock hotel room doors. The tone would be sent to a user's cell phone as an encrypted message. When played at the appropriate door, the tone disarms the locking system. The technology will be tested in Las Vegas hotels. Source: Financetechnews.com
The recession is forcing governments to make drastic cuts to offset expenses. Here's a glance at what some states are doing to cope, according to the Pew Center on the States' 2010 report.
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.