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.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.