Jessica Hughes is a regular contributor to Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines.
Ohio Adds Schools to its First Responder Communication System
November 19, 2014 - The system's special school radios include an orange emergency button that, when pressed, connects schools with a local dispatcher. The dispatcher hears what's happening and pages law enforcement and other first responders, who are immediately deployed to the scene.
Can Government Mine Tweets to Assess Public Opinion?
November 17, 2014 - The Urban Attitudes Lab is looking at ways to access "big data" on social networking sites to understand attitudes and opinions for civic purposes.
Nevada Cybersecurity: Enterprise Solution Reduced Incidents by 80 Percent
November 10, 2014 - A directive from Gov. Brian Sandoval allowed the state's IT department to gain control of an escalating problem with information security, which led to a reduction in security incidents -- from 155 to 30 per month.
North Dakota City Residents Love Online Leaf Collection Map
November 04, 2014 - The city of Grand Forks has found that its leaf collection map is the most popular feature on its new website.
How Nebraska Built a Network with the Lowest Internet Costs
October 27, 2014 - A multi-year effort to build a statewide network has resulted in a service that has not only lowered internet costs, but has increased bandwidth, improving the ability for schools to share educational courses across the state.
FBI Facial Recognition System Gives Officers an Investigative Lead
October 20, 2014 - The powerful tool replaces legacy technology and lets police officers automatically compare a suspect's digital facial image against more than 20 million images, but it has accuracy limits and has raised concerns among privacy groups.
New Jersey Agencies Collaborate to Combat Driver's License Fraud
October 08, 2014 - The state's aggregated investigative reporting service allows secure and real-time access to fraud tip-off information provided by 23 law enforcement, state and federal agencies.
GIS Helps Austin, Texas, be Water Wise in the Face of Drought
October 07, 2014 - As the city deals with long-term drought, an app is helping to monitor and document water use violations.
Alameda County, Calif., Sets High Standards for Hackathons
October 01, 2014 - The county has received national recognition for its innovative open data initiatives that have benefited the community while reducing costs.
Indiana Management and Performance Hub Takes Transparency to the Next Level
September 11, 2014 - The hub is connected to and builds on the data-rich Indiana Transparency Portal by increasing the accessibility and usability of key information.