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Texting 911: Why States Can’t Wait for Next-Generation Services

NG9-1-1 will revolutionize the way the public alerts first responders to emergencies. But for the next few years, as governments line up funding and secure plans for upgrading their 911 infrastructure, those same agencies will have to choose whether to invest in a short-term text-to-911 solution or risk lives by choosing to wait.

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Sensors and AI Will Reinforce Border Wall

The 50-foot border wall President Trump promised in the campaign will actually be a 2,000-mile technology project, combining walls and other barriers with radar, day and night cameras on poles and buildings, and artificial intelligence technology to help border agents stop terrorists, smugglers and migrants from illegally crossing into the United States.

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Census Announces Test Plans for 2017, 2018

The Census Bureau will forge ahead with its plans to tally and mark addresses in fiscal 2017 and with its 2018 tests to ensure that new technologies and methodologies are ready for the decennial census in 2020.

Laying the Foundation for a More Secure, Modern Government

America’s spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship created the world’s most innovative economy and keeps us dominant in today’s digital age. Indeed, in 1985 about 2,000 people used the Internet; today, 3.2 billion people do. What started out as a useful tool for a few is now a necessity for all of us—as essential for connecting people, goods, and services as the airplane or automobile.

How Governments Really Use Emerging Tech

Artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics and virtual reality are at the top of every “hot technology” list, but translating emerging technology into practice is often a heavy lift, especially for government agencies working under budget and regulatory constraints.