Public Safety

March 06, 2017

Have you recently heard talk of the "Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act?" Probably not, because it's dead. This bill, which would have expanded the use of data on deaths by federal and state agencies to limit improper federal payments, was introduced to the U.S. Senate in 2015,... read more

February 23, 2017

The Miami area sits on a massive, flat formation of porous limestone. That geologic and topographic reality means that as sea levels rise, so too does the region's groundwater-rendering inland areas as vulnerable to flooding as the coastline.

February 21, 2017

Can you define what a "smart city" means for where you live? Neither can many of your local and state officials - but they will tell you that's the kind of city they want to create. Generally, a smart city is one that uses uses data, applications and technology to help people and goods move more... read more

February 06, 2017

Shirley Gonzales made no secret of her views on transportation when she ran for the San Antonio City Council in 2013. She laid them out in her answer to a questionnaire: "pedestrians first, followed by cycling, public transportation and private automobiles, in that order."

February 01, 2017

Can V2V technology be combined with the IoT to improve vehicle safety? Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is being aimed for implementation starting in 2020, with the goal of increasing highway safety.

October 04, 2016

As KrebsOnSecurity observed over the weekend, the source code that powers the "Internet of Things" (IoT) botnet responsible for launching the historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against KrebsOnSecurity last month has been publicly released. Here's a look at which... read more

September 22, 2016

Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. This trend is no secret, nor is the logic behind it. Cities are where the jobs are as well where culture thrives.

September 15, 2016

With half of the world's population living in them, cities are becoming greater and greater targets for shocks and stresses. With the ratio of people living in cities on the rise, urban vulnerabilities will only become more pronounced.

August 12, 2016

From the initial 911 call to the emergency response that follows, emergency dispatching is a well-choreographed process designed to ensure that each incident has the attention and equipment needed for saving lives. But even with constant practice and training, emergency response amounts to an... read more

August 07, 2016

Boston Police Department Boston police's newest addition to its patrol fleet is a surprising one: an ice cream truck. Mayor Marty Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, and Dick Parry, of the Boston Police Foundation, unveiled the new truck Monday with the help of kids from the Tobin... read more

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