Hilton Collins is a former staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines.
3 International Cities Where Technology Solves Local Problems
November 24, 2014 - Municipalities use tech for everything from mapping disaster relief to improving energy use and street traffic.
County Land Information Portal Presents Detailed Picture of Parcels
November 07, 2014 - St. Louis County, Minn.'s data retrieval system provides land records and geospatial information in one place.
4 Projects that Make City Life More Fun and Engaging
October 17, 2014 - From projects that assist visually impaired pedestrians to games that motivate residents to exercise more often, these deployments emphasize the beauty, fun and tranquility in a bustling urban environment.
Digital.NYC Launches to Spur Innovation and Economic Growth
October 15, 2014 - New York City's economic development corporation partnered with the private sector to create a platform for anyone interested in the local tech scene.
3 Driverless Car Projects that May Change How the World Travels
October 14, 2014 - It's a given that autonomous cars are on the way, but the technology's early iterations will likely need a lot of improvement to handle busy environments.
Self-Healing Metal, Concrete Could Give Infrastructure a New Lease on Life
October 06, 2014 - Concrete that automatically mends would mean streets and structures repair their own cracks, facilitating longer-lasting infrastructure that spares public-sector budgets from upkeep costs.
3 Ways Boston Plans to Fix Parking in the Wake of Haystack’s Demise
September 30, 2014 - The app's failure hasn't prevented the city and local start-ups from taking other steps to make finding and paying for city parking spaces a lot easier.
Innovative Public-Sector Technology Requires Change from the Bottom Up
September 23, 2014 - Innovation at the bottom requires trying things and being imperfect, but is now what's leading the country.
How Collaboration Leads to Public-Sector Innovation
September 22, 2014 - Innovation is a perennial buzzword in government and technology circles, but it's not easy to come by when government is used to doing things in traditional ways -- and it doesn't come without risk.
California Takes Risks with Drought-Fighting Technology
September 12, 2014 - Conservation groups worry that desalination intake pumps would kill natural life that's a foundation for the underwater food chain and the excess salt desalination discharges back into the ocean.