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Gartner’s 2015 predictions center around mobile technologies taking hold for communications and content consumption. Now smart contact lenses and smart jewelry are in development.

2016: 40 percent of smartphones will feature biometric sensors
2017: 30 percent of smart wearables will be completely unobtrusive to the eye
2018: More than half of users will go to a tablet or smartphone first for online activities
2020: Three-fourths of smartphone buyers will pay less than $100 for a device

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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers reveals the top 10 priorities for state CIOs this year:

1. Security

2. Cloud Services

3. Consolidation/optimization

4. Connectivity

5. Budget and cost control

6. Personal management

7. Strategic IT planning

8. Mobility

9. Continuity of operations

10. Customer relationship management

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State and local governments have discovered that cloud computing offers many benefits, with potential cost savings on IT infrastructure chief among them. Discover how to tackle cloud management challenges by downloading “Cloud Computing — A Practical Guide for Today’s IT Decision-Maker,” now available within CDW’s Tech Insights app. For more information, visit statetechmag.com/tech-insights-app.

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In the wake of recent news, President Obama recently proposed reimbursing communities half the cost incurred by police departments to buy body cameras and store video.

If the plan receives congressional approval, the initiative would grant $75 million in matching funds to states and localities over three years to help pay for 50,000 wearable cameras.

The purpose of the deployment is to build and sustain trust between communities and law enforcement.

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A new two-year budget proposal released by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month would centralize the state’s information technology services under a new agency headed by the CIO.

“This coordination will best position Washington for the future by creating a streamlined, agile central IT organization better able to harness modern technology,” according to budget highlights. “The new agency will unify the state IT vision and road map, strengthen IT project oversight and allow quicker adoption of leading industry technology practices.”

The 2015-17 budget proposal includes several additional IT measures, including funding to replace analog 911 telephone equipment and an online portal to support small business owners.

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If you're an IT professional working for a state, local or federal agency, we want to hear from you.

StateTech wants to know what’s on your Christmas wish list this year. Smartphones for all field employees? A cloud-based solution or continuous monitoring tools to enhance security? It doesn’t have to be technology. Your wish may be for greater collaboration with the agencies you serve, a new BYOD policy or for employees to stop using the same password for multiple systems.

Email your wish-list items to nicole.johnson@mcmurrytmg.com, along with your name and title. You can also leave details in the comment section below.

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All states have retention policies for government records. "But those retention policies vary greatly across states," Stateline reports. "Often employees have to determine on their own whether to keep or delete an email. " Open government advocates say this issue is a big deal because transparency and the historical value of public records are at stake. Read more here.  

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