StateTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Government https://statetechmagazine.com/rss.xml en Ransomware Wreaks Havoc on Small Town, USA https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/ransomware-wreaks-havoc-small-town-usa <span>Ransomware Wreaks Havoc on Small Town, USA</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:54</span> <div><p>In January, <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-attack-sends-city-of-del-rio-back-to-the-days-of-pen-and-paper/" target="_blank">a ransomware attack on the city of Del Rio, Texas</a>, shut down City Hall servers and forced officials to resort to pen and paper to provide services. The city of Sammamish, Wash., <a href="https://statescoop.com/ransomware-attack-takes-down-city-services-in-sammamish-washington/" target="_blank">also had to declare a city emergency</a> after ransomware took hold of its systems, affecting storage drives and internal shared files.</p> <p>As recent patterns suggest, cybercriminals are not just <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/7-tips-protect-city-governments-cyberattacks">targeting large cities such as Atlanta now</a>. Small towns are also under attack, and they are especially vulnerable to ransomware, as <strong>they typically lack funds and security expertise that may be present in larger locales</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://blog.erepublic.com/digital-cities-2018-a509537c95ac" target="_blank">A recent survey from e.Republic</a> on government market insights revealed that city IT leaders rank cybersecurity as their No. 1 priority. But while many local governments are prioritizing cybersecurity, ransomware threats continue to evolve at a faster rate.</p> <p>With this in mind, smaller local governments should take steps and accelerate their plans to protect against ransomware, among other cyberattacks.<strong> Preplanning is needed</strong> so that, when trouble strikes, there are immediate steps taken to ensure services aren’t disrupted and critical activities that residents rely on can continue as needed.</p> <p>In addition to planning,<strong> creating a more resilient IT and cybersecurity posture to protect data, employees </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> citizens </strong>against the threat of ransomware requires<strong> rethinking legacy data backup strategies</strong>, which are common among smaller local governments, and also <strong>ensuring employees know how to spot ransomware when they see it</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/12/why-cybersecurity-planning-should-be-top-priority-local-agencies" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM STATETECH: </strong>Discover why cybersecurity planning should be a top priority for local agencies. </em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">How to Evolve Data Backup Protections</h2> <p>Technology advancements are being made constantly, and replacing legacy backup methods to keep up with advancements should be a priority. One such approach is continuous data protection, which bolsters the ability to protect critical data on an ongoing basis and makes it easy to recover data in the event of ransomware.</p> <p><strong>Continuous data protection</strong> is a technology that allows local governments to continuously capture and track data modifications, automatically saving every version of the data that the user creates. It provides real-time protection against the kind of attacks that have impacted critical services in these towns.</p> <p>The technology <strong>significantly moves a local government organization beyond the limitations of today’s legacy backup</strong>, which currently leaves major gaps between snapshots, and offers the ability to recover all data from just seconds before it is held for ransom. This can ensure that an organization will remain open yet protected in the face of today’s cyberattacks. </p> <p>When identifying continuous data protection technologies, local government organizations should seek to invest in tools with automated recovery to achieve continuous availability of their data. As part of this overall resilience strategy, and for added protection, local government agencies may also consider workload mobility capabilities and multicloud agility to allow data and applications to move between on-premises and cloud sites for optimized recovery.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" target="_blank"><img alt="CDW Cybersecurity Insight Report " data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://statetechmagazine.com/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/Cybersecurity_IR_stayprotected_700x220%20(2).jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Why Educating Employees Is Critical</h2> <p>Another important aspect of protection against ransomware is <strong>training employees</strong>. Some IT leaders — including those who have learned the impact of ransomware on their organization the hard way — periodically send their staff sample dummy emails to help them determine if an email is actually a phishing attack. They’ve helped educate their employees on what potential cyberattacks look like, how to respond and how to report it in those instances.</p> <p><strong>By educating employees and strategically investing in continuous data protection for continuous availability</strong>, organizations can reach a point where they are protected against any disruption — planned or unplanned — and are always on, available and protected 100 percent of the time.</p> <p>As troubling as these recent attacks on smaller towns are, they also open the door for other cities to take a close look at their own vulnerabilities and leverage different tools and services. If they have the continuous data protection capabilities discussed here, they could recover data files that are critical to their city’s day-to-day functions within seconds.</p> <p>Criminals rarely provide warning, but in the current news climate it is hard to ignore their existence. We know attacks are increasing, and we know they will continue to evolve. </p> <p>However, if the critical infrastructure of cities continues to be targeted, steps need to be taken to prepare for attacks and<strong> increase the ability to retrieve the latest data for short- and long-term resilience</strong>. This will enable cities to shield themselves from the significant damage and aftereffects that have become the costliest consequences of ransomware events. Attacks will continue to occur, but the ultimate goal is no data loss, no downtime and no interruptions to the organization and its citizens.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11881"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CarolineSeymour.jpg?itok=fDGBLo7q" width="58" height="58" alt="Caroline Seymour" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11881"> <div>Caroline Seymour</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=Carolineseymou1&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Caroline Seymour is the product marketing director for Zerto, based in Boston, where she leads overall product marketing strategy and execution. Prior to Zerto, Caroline was at IBM for nine years and has a wealth of experience in the enterprise software s</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:54:02 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42191 at https://statetechmagazine.com How 5G and Multi-Access Edge Computing Can Optimize Public Safety https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/how-5g-and-multi-access-edge-computing-can-optimize-public-safety-perfcon <span>How 5G and Multi-Access Edge Computing Can Optimize Public Safety</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/14/2019 - 09:10</span> <div><p>The deployment of <strong>5G wireless networks</strong> will be <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/12/4-top-state-and-local-government-it-trends-watch-2019">one of the key trends to watch in state and local government</a> as 2019 unfolds. 5G will be particularly important in the public safety realm, as first responders start to use the technology for a variety of uses cases. </p> <p>To get the ball rolling, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?b=vzn" target="_blank">Verizon</a> has <a href="https://www.verizon.com/about/news/new-verizon-5g-lab-will-drive-development-5g-use-cases-public-safety" target="_blank">partnered</a> with <a href="https://www.respondercorp.com/" target="_blank">Responder Corp</a> to create a <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/11/verizon-launches-5g-lab-first-responders">5G First Responder Lab</a>. The lab will serve as an incubator and testing ground for innovative technologies that use 5G and can be deployed for public safety use cases. Verizon says that it will then “deliver those solutions to public safety agencies throughout the country.”</p> <p>The fifth generation of cellular technology promises to <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/difference-between-downloadupload-speeds-smart-city-5g-perfcon">deliver speeds 10 times faster than 4G LTE</a> and cut latency to milliseconds. Latency is basically any kind of delay that happens in data communication over a network. <strong>5G will also likely be combined with multi-access edge computing</strong>, as first responders use and deploy Internet of Things sensors at the edge of mobile networks. </p> <p><strong>Mobile edge computing</strong> refers to computing at the edge of a network,<a href="https://www.sdxcentral.com/edge/definitions/mobile-edge-computing-vs-multi-access-edge-computing/" target="_blank"> as SDxCentral notes</a>. “The edge is similar to a distributed cloud with proximity close to the end user that delivers ultra-low latency, reliability, and scalability,” the publication reports. </p> <p>The edge used to simply mean the edge of a mobile network, but as<strong> multi-access edge computing</strong> research progressed, “technology experts realized that the term leaves out several access points that may also construct the edge of a network,” SDxCentral adds. This led to “the change from mobile edge computing to multi-access computing in order to reflect that the edge is not solely based on mobile networks.”</p> <p>Multi-access edge computing (MEC) will enable a wide range of benefits for first responders, including <strong>real-time analytics of video surveillance, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, traffic management </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> other public safety functions</strong>. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is the web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>StateTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:10:22 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42186 at https://statetechmagazine.com Philadelphia Gets on the Road to Becoming a Smart City https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/philadelphia-gets-road-becoming-smart-city <span>Philadelphia Gets on the Road to Becoming a Smart City</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:27</span> <div><p>The city of brotherly love is on the road to becoming a smart city. </p> <p>Last month, Philadelphia unveiled its <a href="https://www.phila.gov/media/20190204121858/SmartCityPHL-Roadmap.pdf" target="_blank">SmartCityPHL Roadmap</a> to guide its smart city efforts in the years to come. The roadmap does not focus on specific technologies the city will deploy but instead lays out a framework for how it will do so. </p> <p>Central to the roadmap are three key strategies. The first is to<strong> build a strong foundation with policy and infrastructure</strong>, which covers the foundational needs that the city believes are necessities for any work. That includes governance, security and privacy, and data and network infrastructure. </p> <p>The second strategy is to <strong>create a process for engagement and partnership</strong>, focusing on the processes designed and employed to drive engagement, partnership and project development. </p> <p>And the third strategy is centered on <strong>supporting and sustaining the implementation of projects and programs with funding</strong>. That part of the plan offers an overview of various funding mechanisms that Philadelphia is considering to financially support and sustain its smart city projects.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is the web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>StateTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:27:41 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42181 at https://statetechmagazine.com How States Are Going on a Smart State Journey https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/how-states-are-going-smart-state-journey <span>How States Are Going on a Smart State Journey </span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/12/2019 - 08:25</span> <div><p>In 2016, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2016/10/illinoiss-quest-become-nations-first-smart-state">Illinois declared</a> that it wanted to become the nation’s first<strong> “smart state.” </strong>Former Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt said the strategy <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/08/qa-illinois-cio-hardik-bhatt-states-digital-revolution">had three key pillars</a>: transforming state government through efficiencies realized by new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, data analytics and blockchain; ensuring the state supported the development of <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/smart-cities-hub">smart cities</a> and enabled the necessary regulatory and funding changes to make that possible; and building a sustainable system that can be replicated in other states.</p> <p>That last part is key. Illinois is <a href="http://www.govtech.com/fs/infrastructure/Fast-Track-to-Smart-State-Approves-3-Vendors-for-Illinois-Cities-to-Get-Smarter-Streetlights.html" target="_blank">still pushing ahead</a> with its <a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/doit/Strategy/Pages/SmarterIllinois.aspx" target="_blank">smart state goals</a>, but other states are responding to its initiative and pursuing similar endeavors. </p> <p><strong>There is not one single path to becoming a smart state.</strong></p> <p>“Any state that isn’t thinking about being a smart state is really letting down their citizens,” former acting New Mexico CIO Maria Sanchez<a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/how-turn-smart-state-ideas-reality"> told <em>StateTech</em> last year</a>. “How we get there is the harder part.”</p> <p>In July 2018, the National Governors Association (NGA) <a href="https://www.nga.org/news/nga-selects-states-for-new-smarter-states-smarter-communities-learning-lab/" target="_blank">picked five states</a> — Colorado, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia — to participate in the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Smarter States, Smarter Communities Learning Lab. The goal of the initiative is to<strong> “accelerate and replicate smart activities across the country,” </strong><a href="https://www.nga.org/center/meetings/eet-meetings/smarter-states-smarter-communities-learning-lab/" target="_blank">the NGA states</a>.</p> <p>The initiative is focusing on opportunities in energy, transportation, public safety and emergency management, areas states are already making progress, according to the NGA. The learning lab also zeroes in on “fundamental components to smarter states initiatives, such as governance, stakeholder engagement and telecommunications policy in both rural and urban regions.”</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2018-how-will-state-cio-role-be-different-2023" target="_blank"><em><strong>VIDEO: </strong>Find out how the role of the state CIO will evolve between now and 2023.</em> </a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">What States Are Doing to Make Themselves Smarter</h2> <p>Leaders from the states convened in Chicago in October 2018 for <a href="https://www.nga.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/10-17-18-EET-Smarter-States-Master-Slide-Deck.pdf" target="_blank">a learning lab </a><a href="https://www.nga.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/10-17-18-EET-Smarter-States-Master-Slide-Deck.pdf" target="_blank">meeting</a>, and the lab was completed in December. Since then, the NGA has had follow-up calls with the states and helped them finalize their action steps.</p> <p>The NGA will assemble the lessons state IT leaders learned into <strong>a set of roadmaps, due to be released in the early summer</strong>, that will help all states accelerate their smart state efforts. The roadmaps will offer a step-by-step guide with examples drawn from across the country, according to the NGA. </p> <p>Further, the NGA will host a series of webinars and podcasts featuring expert speakers and will also host events that highlight state successes to date alongside private sector partners.</p> <p><script type="text/javascript" src="//sc.liveclicker.net/service/getEmbed?client_id=1526&amp;widget_id=1616424777&amp;width=640&amp;height=360"></script></p> <p>In the meantime, here is a peek at what the various states are doing to make themselves smarter and bring new ideas to the table, <a href="https://www.nga.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SmarterStates-OnePgr.pdf" target="_blank">per the NGA</a>. Some of these efforts require <strong>the deployment of new technology, and others new ways of thinking</strong>. Most will require both. </p> <p>Colorado is going big and bold on <strong>smarter transportation systems</strong>. The state is experimenting with connected vehicles and drivers with the capacity to connect to each other, which the state thinks could help prevent accidents and speed congested traffic. Colorado is also exploring more intelligent trucking that moves goods and services efficiently, for the benefit of communities and industry. And the state wants to create improved, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/smart-cities-may-be-key-national-infrastructure-initiative">smarter systems in infrastructure</a>, like ramps that help improve the flow of traffic and decrease the need for additional lanes. </p> <p>Nevada wants to explore how “different state agencies can overlap and <strong>pool resources in advancing multiple initiatives benefiting transportation, energy and communication/data systems</strong>.” The state also wants to figure out how to best negotiate and partner with the private sector to advance and balance the interests of both parties, and explore steps and resources needed to begin smart city planning.</p> <p>Meanwhile, New Jersey wants to make its infrastructure smarter by optimizing investments and increasing the efficiency of existing infrastructure. The Garden State is also working to develop<strong> a multi-year, statewide smart grid transition plan</strong>. And it is focused on data via a “performance measurements” and a “digitization revolution.”</p> <p>Speaking of data, North Dakota wants to create <strong>a framework for data management and governance to enable integration</strong>. The largely rural state wants to better serve and connect rural communities by integrating data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics and existing unmanned aircraft system capabilities. And the state wants to “enhance livability and provide opportunities for citizen feedback with IoT.” </p> <p>In Virginia, the commonwealth wants to “integrate disparate information into a single operating picture to enable real-time information sharing.” Such a data platform “must support security and privacy, additional public data, private and protected data, and public and privileged access.” </p> <p>Within the next decade, Virginia also wants to provide ubiquitous broadband access across the state and develop policies and mechanisms to speed up deployment. </p> <p>These various states’ initiatives make clear that there is no single meaning for a smart state. In the end, it is about doing what best meets the needs of your state’s residents.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>StateTech<em>'s <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/citizen">CITizen blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/statelocalIT?f=tweets">#StateLocalIT</a> hashtag.</em></p> <p><em><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://statetechmagazine.com/citizen" target="_blank"><img alt="CITizen_blog_cropped_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://statetechmagazine.com/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/CITizen_blog_cropped_0.jpg" /></a></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11301"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/admin-houstonthomas.png.jpg?itok=xC3034eh" width="58" height="58" alt="Houston Thomas III" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11301"> <div>Houston Thomas III</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>In his role as Senior Business Development Strategist and Public Safety Senior Strategist, Houston Thomas III manages the architect and engineering process for large-scale integration projects involving public safety agencies. He provides subject matter expertise to CDW•G law enforcement customers with respect to digital intelligence and evidence management.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:25:48 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42176 at https://statetechmagazine.com Smart Cities May Be Key to National Infrastructure Initiative https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/smart-cities-may-be-key-national-infrastructure-initiative <span>Smart Cities May Be Key to National Infrastructure Initiative</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:12</span> <div><p>During the recent <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?457991-1/national-governors-association-winter-meeting-day-2" target="_blank">winter meeting of the National Governors Association</a>, U.S. governors pressed for a comprehensive federal infrastructure plan that would provide <strong>financial incentives for states to rebuild and reinforce infrastructure</strong>.</p> <p>Infrastructure resiliency depends on the deployment of modern technologies including sensors and the Internet of Things to maintain the health of transportation and electric infrastructure, and the federal government should help fund such initiatives, governors urged the White House and Congress. Experts have called for <strong>smart infrastructure that can withstand pressures</strong> such as <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/02/smart-city-networks-require-resiliency-stay-connected-severe-weather">destructive natural disasters</a>.</p> <p>In <a href="https://transportation.house.gov/news/press-releases/chairman-defazio-announces-first-full-committee-hearing_the-cost-of-doing-nothing-why-investing-in-our-nations-infrastructure-cannot-wait" target="_blank">a hearing of the House Transportation Committee</a> on Feb. 7, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in prepared testimony, "Governors believe that innovative technologies should be embraced<strong> to achieve resiliency, security </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> efficiency</strong>. Infrastructure should incorporate new capabilities related to increasing connectivity, autonomy, digital information and electrification. States are leading the way in embracing new practices and technologies that provide innovative solutions to traditional infrastructure needs; federal investments should be integrated and reward positive, evidence-based outcomes."</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11391"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Mickey_McCarter.jpg?itok=tWzGOlTU" width="58" height="58" alt="Mickey McCarter" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11391"> <div>Mickey McCarter</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Mickey McCarter is the senior editor of StateTech Magazine.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 15:12:21 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42171 at https://statetechmagazine.com Can AR Glasses Help Firefighters Gain Situational Awareness? https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/can-ar-glasses-help-firefighters-gain-situational-awareness <span>Can AR Glasses Help Firefighters Gain Situational Awareness?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:04</span> <div><p>The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California, and it included the blaze that destroyed the town of Paradise in Northern California, which became <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/us/california-fires-camp-fire.html" target="_blank">the single deadliest wildfire in the state’s modern history</a>.</p> <p>In situations like those, firefighters<strong> need all of the situational intelligence they can get</strong>, and sometimes the flames may be too intense to send personnel out to look for survivors or survey a scene. </p> <p>However, emerging technologies like <strong>augmented reality</strong> — in which digital information is overlaid onto a view of the real world via a headset, glasses or smartphone — can help first responders improve their situational awareness and their safety. </p> <p>Two companies, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/epson.html" target="_blank">Epson</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/electronics/drones-accessories/?w=e6&amp;ln=2&amp;b=dji&amp;key=Drone&amp;enkwrd=dji+drones" target="_blank">DJI Enterprise</a>, are demonstrating how AR can help firefighters. The firms partnered late last year with the Menlo Park fire department in California to test their technologies. Using DJI drones and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=Epson%20Moverio%20AR%20smart%20glasses&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Epson Moverio AR smart glasses</a>, the firefighters conducted an experiment to <strong>get a bird’s eye view of a fire scene beamed into the glasses. </strong></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is the web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>StateTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 15:04:04 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42166 at https://statetechmagazine.com New Mayoral Group Aims to Boost Smart City Project Success Rate https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/new-mayoral-group-aims-boost-smart-city-project-success-rate <span>New Mayoral Group Aims to Boost Smart City Project Success Rate</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/06/2019 - 09:02</span> <div><p>It’s one thing to propose smart city projects <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/06/street-light-upgrades-help-cities-get-smart-fast-iot">like intelligent streetlights</a>, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/02/cities-embrace-smart-parking-make-best-use-space">smart parking spaces</a> and <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/12/smart-cities-gain-efficiencies-iot-traffic-sensors-and-data-perfcon">sensors that move traffic more efficiently</a>. It’s another thing entirely to see those plans through to fruition. </p> <p>A recently launched, Chicago-based mayoral consultancy called <a href="http://www.ignitecities.com/" target="_blank">Ignite Cities</a> wants to<strong> help boost cities’ success rates in developing and launching smart city programs</strong>. The group’s Connected City Consulting Practice has engaged mayors to <strong>“realign” smart city solutions that scale within and across cities</strong>.</p> <p>The organization’s CEO, George Burciaga, previously served as an Illinois state commissioner for science and technology and was an executive at Civiq Smartscapes, the firm behind the Wi-Fi kiosks found in New York City and other cities. The idea behind the consultancy is to help mayors align the interests of competing stakeholders for municipal tech projects. </p> <p>Smart city leaders <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/10/smart-cities-week-2018-smart-cities-require-new-ways-thinking-governments">have said</a> for <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/networking/the-future-of-smart-cities-is-bright" target="_blank">smart city projects to be successful</a>, city leaders and IT managers must rethink how they fund such projects and collaborate with the private sector and other stakeholders. </p> <p>A study released by <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/cisco.html?" target="_blank">Cisco Systems</a> at its Internet of Things World Forum 2017 <a href="https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/news/three-quarters-of-iot-projects-are-failing-1729" target="_blank">revealed that 60 percent</a> of IoT initiatives stall at the proof of concept stage. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is the web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>StateTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:02:23 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42161 at https://statetechmagazine.com How State and Local Governments Can Use the Full Potential of the Cloud https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/how-state-and-local-governments-can-use-full-potential-cloud <span>How State and Local Governments Can Use the Full Potential of the Cloud </span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/05/2019 - 09:00</span> <div><p>State CIOs and IT leaders identify <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2018-state-it-leaders-share-best-practices-cloud-adoption">many elements of a successful cloud migration strategy</a>, <em>StateTech</em> reports. But how state and local government agencies decide to deploy the cloud <strong>may best depend on why they deploy the cloud</strong>, as demonstrated by popular uses for government.</p> <p>State and local government leaders maximize their investments in cloud platforms by using them in various ways. And some of the biggest vendors in public sector cloud highlight those use cases.</p> <p>For example, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/ibm.html" target="_blank">IBM</a> touts its cloud capabilities to modernize applications and <a href="https://www.ibm.com/cloud/government/state-local" target="_blank">leverage data wherever it may reside</a>. Under a 10-year contract with IBM, Ohio <strong>migrated the data centers of 26 cabinet-level agencies into a central computing center</strong>. In so doing, it also developed a disaster recovery plan. “Consolidation efforts alone improved each state agency’s disaster recovery systems. Some agencies had an unorganized DR system; others didn’t have a system at all,” <a href="https://gcn.com/articles/2016/05/06/ohio-socc.aspx" target="_blank"><em>GCN</em> reported</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> hails the capabilities of its <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft/microsoftazure.html" target="_blank">Azure</a> cloud platform to drive digital transformation, providing states with <strong>collaboration tools that increase the efficiency of existing systems</strong>. </p> <p>“Utilizing the cloud gives state and local governments the opportunity to do more with limited budgets, freeing up resources to focus on new initiatives that can improve citizen services, increase the agility of government employees, optimize operations, and ensure agencies are prepared for the unexpected,” <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/mediahandler/files/resourcefiles/driving-innovation-in-state-and-local-government-ebook/Driving_innovation_in_state_and_local_government.pdf" target="_blank">says Microsoft</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://customers.microsoft.com/en-us/story/cdss-government-office365-azure-stack-intune-windows10-en" target="_blank">In one case</a>, Microsoft cites the flexibility of workers at the <a href="http://www.cdss.ca.gov/" target="_blank">California Department of Social Services</a> to work remotely in the field.</p> <p>“CDSS is empowering its employees to work remotely, collaborate seamlessly, and communicate easily without getting tied up in red tape,” Microsoft states.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/02/cloud-certifications-state-and-local-government-employees-need-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE-FROM-STATETECH: </strong>Find out the cloud certification state and local government employees need. </em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">State Agencies Turn to Cloud for Fast and Lean Operations</h2> <p>Cloud continues to weigh heavily on the collective minds of state government leaders. In their <a href="https://www.nascio.org/Portals/0/Webinars/NASCIO PTI Tech Forecast 2018_final.pdf" target="_blank">2018 Technology Forecast</a>, the National Association of State CIOs and the Public Technology Institute highlighted <strong>growing investment in X-as-a-Service among state governments.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.govtech.com/computing/Device-as-a-Service-Opens-the-Door-to-IT-Efficiency-Contributed.html" target="_blank">A recent article in <em>Government Technology</em></a>, Todd Gustafson, president of <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/hp-inc-psg.html" target="_blank">HP Federal LLC</a>, cites a $219-million deal where the Georgia Technology Authority moved its digital services to the cloud as an example of the appeal of Device-as-a-Service to state government agencies.</p> <p>“Unlike the older Low Price Technically Acceptable procurement approach, Device-as-as-Service (DaaS) offers these agencies a way of limiting costs, assuring regular access to the latest technology and maintaining a deep bench of experts to manage and secure their endpoint fleets,” Gustafson says.</p> <p>And of course, states agencies might seek cloud support in their pursuit of lean and efficient operations throughout government. <a href="https://www.govloop.com/defining-importance-devops-government/" target="_blank">In <em>GovLoop</em></a>, Peter O’Donoghue, vice president of Applications Services at <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=Unisys&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Unisys</a>, defines DevOps as <strong>“the application of lean thinking across the entire IT value chain.”</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.informationweek.com/devops/fighting-for-digital-transformation-in-the-government-sector/a/d-id/1333793" target="_blank">Chatting with <em>Information Week</em></a>, <a href="https://www.wisconsin.gov/Pages/Home.aspx" target="_blank">Wisconsin</a> CIO David Cagigal spotlights the power of cloud computing for DevOps. “We need to be fast, nimble, and responsive,” he says. Resilient security, data privacy and disaster recovery are all top concerns for DevOps within the state, he says.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/hybrid-cloud-infrastructure-report.html" target="_blank"><img alt="IT%20Infrastructure_IR_1%20(2)_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://fedtechmagazine.com/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/IT%20Infrastructure_IR_1%20(2)_0.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Government Procurement of Cloud Depends Upon Goals</h2> <p>How state and local governments will use the cloud should guide how it approaches cloud adoption, as experts remind in a CDW•G white paper, "<a href="https://webobjects.cdw.com/webobjects/media/pdf/Solutions/Cloud-Computing/Making-the-Transition-to-The-Cloud-MKT4717.pdf" target="_blank">Making the Transition to the Cloud</a>."</p> <p>“Cloud-based solutions promise efficiency and cost savings, but each state and local agency should<strong> consider its own unique requirements when planning to migrate</strong>. The array of cloud services appropriate for one agency may not be a good fit for another. Each agency must consider its needs, limitations and risk tolerance,” the paper states.</p> <p>Often, state and local governments can begin a limited cloud pilot based on its needs, turning to services such as email, collaboration or telephony.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>StateTech<em>'s <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/citizen">CITizen blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/statelocalIT?f=tweets">#StateLocalIT</a> hashtag.</em></p> <p><em><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://statetechmagazine.com/citizen" target="_blank"><img alt="CITizen_blog_cropped_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://statetechmagazine.com/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/CITizen_blog_cropped_0.jpg" /></a></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11321"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Cucuel.jpg?itok=VYnsq7d5" width="58" height="58" alt="Kevin Cucuel" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11321"> <div>Kevin Cucuel</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Kevin Cucuel is a Sr. Business Development Strategist for State and Local Government at CDW-G. With a passion for aligning CDW’s strengths to our customer’s needs, Kevin focuses on the insertion of IT solutions into segment sub verticals and leads emerging market discussions.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 14:00:37 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42156 at https://statetechmagazine.com Montgomery, Ala., Lays the Foundation for Smart City Projects https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/montgomery-ala-lays-foundation-smart-city-projects <span>Montgomery, Ala., Lays the Foundation for Smart City Projects </span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:04</span> <div><p>Smart city tools and technologies are not just the province of large cities like New York, <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/02/cities-use-intelligent-transportation-tools-better-manage-extreme-weather">Boston or Tampa, Fla</a>. Smaller ones, like Montgomery, Ala., want to get smarter as well.</p> <p>In mid-January, Montgomery <a href="https://www.montgomerychamber.com/blog/press-releases-3604/post/montgomery-launches-smart-city-living-lab-17749" target="_blank">launched a smart city program</a> in conjunction with the <a href="https://www.montgomerychamber.com/" target="_blank">Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce</a> and utility Alabama Power. The group announced the <strong>creation of a “Smart City Living Lab” in downtown Montgomery</strong> that will feature fiber-optic infrastructure, an expansion of the city’s <a href="https://data.montgomeryal.gov/" target="_blank">Open Data Portal</a>, free public Wi-Fi in downtown areas, the <strong>conversion of street lights to LED lights, a public safety initiative and deployment of smart parking solutions</strong>. </p> <p>The smart corridor will be formalized through the creation of the <a href="http://www.govtech.com/fs/infrastructure/Montgomery-Ala-Begins-the-Smart-City-Metamorphosis.html" target="_blank">Montgomery Smart Community Alliance</a>, a public-private partnership focused on advancing smart city initiatives in the city. </p> <p>The alliance is currently coordinating<strong> a smart community strategic plan</strong> to identify community priorities and solutions that address them, with several initiatives already underway.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/10/8-smart-cities-watch" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE-FROM-STATETECH: </strong>Find out why these cities are the smart cities to watch. </em></a></p> <p>“Smart cities are the ones that will survive in the next few years, and we will be a survivor,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said, <a href="https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/01/16/downtown-gets-free-1-gb-wi-fi-smart-parking-next/2592578002/" target="_blank">according to the <em>Montgomery Advertiser</em></a>. “And we’re going to march forth and be the example, throughout Alabama.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, nearby <a href="https://www.maxwell.af.mil/" target="_blank">Maxwell Air Force Base</a> is working on its own smart city projects, including smart surveillance cameras, and may partner with the city. </p> <p>“At this point, it’s totally base-oriented, but we have <strong>had discussions with the city of Montgomery </strong>as they move forward with their own smart city project,” Lt. Col. Lloyd McDonald, commander of the 42nd Communications Squadron at the base, <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/02/qa-air-forces-mcdonald-how-maxwell-air-force-base-tests-smart-city-technology" target="_blank">tells <em>FedTech</em></a>. “We’re looking at areas where our interests coincide, and where Defense Department rules for public-private partnerships might allow us to partner on different pieces of technology insertion that would benefit not only the base, but also the city.”</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/12/smart-cities-gain-efficiencies-iot-traffic-sensors-and-data-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE-FROM-STATETECH:</strong> Find out how smart cities gain efficiencies from traffic sensors. </em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Montgomery Aims to Improve Public Safety and Parking</h2> <p>Part of the program includes the expansion of the city’s Open Data Portal, which was launched in January 2017 and has already deployed several internal city initiatives to streamline processes and more efficiently and transparently track resources. </p> <p>The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce launched the first phase of the free public Wi-Fi network called “MGMWiFi” in January and plans to expand in the next few months. The network takes advantage of Alabama Power’s fiber-optic network infrastructure. </p> <p>Alabama Power’s Southern Division Vice President Leslie Sanders t<a href="http://www.wsfa.com/2019/01/17/city-montgomery-announces-new-smart-city-living-lab/" target="_blank">old local TV station WSFA12</a> that the company is putting “a substantial” amount of money into the project, worth millions of dollars. Sanders said such community investments are one of the company’s priorities. </p> <p>“This is a huge investment from the Alabama Power Company,” said Strange. “The payback, though, is tremendous. The cost for them is a fraction of what it is today in regular lighting, so the payback for them will come over time. For the city, we will r<strong>eap about a $500,000 financial benefit over five years</strong>.” </p> <p>Montgomery will contribute about<strong> $50,000</strong> for the expanded Wi-Fi access, Strange told WSFA12. The station reports: </p> <blockquote><p>Currently the city offers free public Wi-Fi at Riverwalk Stadium and in the Alley. Once the work is finished, downtown visitors and residents will be able to access free internet from the Capitol steps, all the way down Dexter Avenue, to the fountain and then all the way down Commerce Street to the Riverfront.</p> </blockquote> <p>Additionally, Alabama Power is working to enhance energy infrastructure around the corridor and is also beginning the process of <strong>converting more than 22,000 streetlights to LEDs</strong> to help improve public safety, increase uniformity and<strong> create over $650,000 in savings</strong> over the next five years. </p> <p>By the end of March, <strong>the city expects to launch a mobile application for smart parking</strong>. The app will allow residents and visitors looking for parking to locate available spots, pay for parking and be notified when their time is up. </p> <p>Montgomery is also working to gain access to every surveillance camera in public spaces in the city, both private and public. In February, the Montgomery Police Department unveiled a crime-fighting technology tool that uses the cameras in a single network called “STAR Watch,” <a href="http://www.wsfa.com/2019/02/01/watch-montgomery-police-unveil-star-watch/" target="_blank">WSFA12 separately reports</a>. </p> <p>Police officers can quickly pull up camera footage if a call comes in and <strong>can send </strong><strong>screen shots</strong><strong> to officers dispatched to the scene</strong>, improving officer safety and giving them more situational intelligence. </p> <p>“At the end of the day, you’re going to have smart parking and smart lighting,” Strange said, according to WSFA12. “You’re going to have cameras that are smart. That can be helpful with public safety. You’re going to be able to raise lights or lower lights. It’s going to be a better quality of living here.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is the web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>StateTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 04 Mar 2019 16:04:00 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42151 at https://statetechmagazine.com Cities Use Intelligent Transportation Tools to Better Manage Extreme Weather https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/02/cities-use-intelligent-transportation-tools-better-manage-extreme-weather <span>Cities Use Intelligent Transportation Tools to Better Manage Extreme Weather</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:39</span> <div><p>In Tampa, Fla., the city will invest <strong>$40 million </strong>into its advanced transportation management system, or ATMS, by using state Department of Transportation funds. The project includes the installation of redundant communications devices and servers, raising the traffic signal cabinets on the roads at least six inches <strong>to better withstand flooding, and installing new sensors in flood areas</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.83degreesmedia.com/devnews/smart-transit-investment-for-tampa-011519.aspx" target="_blank">As 83DegreesMedia reports</a>, “the transit system upgrade will include new equipment, such as<strong> cameras, sensors, and fiber-optic cables, as well as software</strong>, to pave the road for a rollout of connected vehicles by 2020.”</p> <p>Tampa’s ATMS uses fiber-optic communications, CCTV cameras and advanced controllers to provide for more reliable and efficient traffic flow, <a href="http://www.planhillsborough.org/tampas-traffic-signals-going-high-tech/" target="_blank">Plan Hillsborough adds</a>. The system gives the city the ability to <strong>capture real-time traffic data and video, which allows engineers to detect and respond to incidents more quickly</strong>.</p> <p>“The ATMS platform can track the location of the buses and turn the light green, so it’s easier for the drivers to pass intersections and make emergency evacuations run smoothly,” Vik Bhide, manager of Tampa’s Smart Mobility Division, tells <em>StateTech</em>. </p> <p>City governments have made significant investments in intelligent transportation systems, a part of which focuses on effectively managing traffic during <strong>significant weather events such as hurricanes and snowstorms</strong>, drawing lessons learned from recent catastrophes.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/steve-zurier"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/steve-zurier-180.jpg?itok=TLLkquyK" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/steve-zurier"> <div>Steve Zurier</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="google-plus" href="https://plus.google.com/104137780822707730723?rel=author"><span>Google+</span></a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=@szurier&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Steve Zurier is a freelance technology writer based in Columbia, Md.  </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:39:26 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42146 at https://statetechmagazine.com