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July/August 2009

Features

State and local transportation agencies boost the intelligence quotient of their roadway and vehicular traffic systems.

If you’re a mobile IT exec in state or local government — and frankly, who in IT isn’t on the go? — what you can carry in your bag often must add up to a portable office of sorts. So what tech goodies and gadgets should make the cut? Here are 10 cool and weight-worthy items to consider toting along.

1. Bag:

Start off with a bag that can stow your tech ware securely but also provide you easy access. The Targus TTL500 is designed with the road warrior in mind: It has an extra padded compartment for a second notebook, a projector or even a camera.

Rather than be taken for a ride when upgrading networks, agencies can reach new heights if they hew to a few smart tactics.

Departments

On Jan. 29, 2009, a deadly ice storm hit northern Arkansas, leaving 300,000 citizens without power for as long as three weeks.

With telephone lines covered by up to three inches of ice, the only method of communication in many parts of the state was the Arkansas Wireless Information Network, a $75 million digital radio network. Based on Motorola gear, the network provides interoperable voice communication for 15,000 police, fire and other emergency response officials throughout the state.

Opinion

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will drive an estimated $5.7 billion in state and local government IT spending. But to reap some of that bounty, you’d better be quick and targeted.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will drive an estimated $5.7 billion in state and local government IT spending. But to reap some of that bounty, you’d better be quick and targeted.