StateTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Government https://statetechmagazine.com/rss.xml en NASCIO 2019: Wisconsin Fosters Volunteer Cybersecurity Response Team https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/nascio-2019-wisconsin-fosters-volunteer-cybersecurity-response-team <span>NASCIO 2019: Wisconsin Fosters Volunteer Cybersecurity Response Team</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mickey-mccarter" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mickey McCarter</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/15/2019 - 18:12</span> <div><p>Not long ago, a community in Wisconsin suffered <strong>a ransomware incident</strong>. The attack locked its network and also took out the community’s backup server. </p> <p>The local security expert was on vacation, but a volunteer from another Wisconsin community responded. He jumped into his car and drove 3.5 hours to the target community and <strong>helped restore the infected server</strong>.</p> <p>Speaking Tuesday at <a href="https://www.cvent.com/events/nascio-2019-annual-conference/event-summary-9848c08e0ebf49e7aaf2f268560708f3.aspx" target="_blank">the annual conference</a> of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers in Nashville, Tenn., <a href="https://det.wi.gov/Documents/Bill_Nash.pdf" target="_blank">Wisconsin CISO Bill Nash</a> shared the anecdote to underscore the effectiveness of the state’s <strong>60-member volunteer cybersecurity response team</strong>. The state built the team over three years, <a href="https://det.wi.gov/Documents/Cybersecurity%20Strategy%202017.pdf" target="_blank">offering cybersecurity training</a> to local IT officials who then volunteer to assist when another community is hit with an attack.</p> <p>“We said, ‘If you have some IT people in your local government that would like some cyber training, we have grant funding to train them. All we ask in return is that you <strong>volunteer when other local governments</strong> have incidents,” Nash said.</p> <p>Why do the volunteers assist if the state doesn’t pay them? “They enjoy it. <strong>They enjoy the challenge</strong> and they bring back lessons learned to their community,” Nash said.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/statetech" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @StateTech on Twitter for continued NASCIO 2019 conference coverage. </em></a></p> <p>The team meets regularly via teleconference with all 60 volunteers participating. During one call, a volunteer reported a <strong>phishing attempt on his network</strong>; other volunteers on the conference call checked and discovered the same virus in their own networks.</p> <p>“When it comes to local government relationships with the state, <strong>cybersecurity is bringing us together</strong>,” said Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute, who moderated the discussion. Sixty-eight percent of state governments are providing IT services to local government, <a href="https://statescoop.com/local-governments-lack-defined-digital-services-strategy-survey-says/" target="_blank">according to PTI</a>, said Shark.</p> <h2>State Recruited Volunteers After Updating Emergency Management Plan</h2> <p>About seven or eight years ago, Wisconsin updated the <a href="https://dma.wi.gov/DMA/wem/preparedness/response-plan" target="_blank">Wisconsin Emergency Management Plan</a>, adding <strong>a cybersecurity portion</strong> to it, Nash recalled.</p> <p>“We recognized, in addition to the state agencies, we have these applications that are used by the local governments, and they are interfacing with our networks in a number of different ways,” Nash said, noting that “<strong>cyberattacks are borderless</strong>.”</p> <p>This led to the idea of using grant funding to train cybersecurity volunteers from local communities. The volunteers do not try to replace private sector expertise, but they strive to “<strong>stop the bleeding</strong>” and begin recovery after an attack, Nash said.</p> <p>The volunteers occasionally receive assistance from the <a href="https://dma.wi.gov/DMA/news/2018news/18049" target="_blank">Wisconsin National Guard’s Cyber Protection Team</a>, but the Guard only deploys <strong>in the event of a big emergency</strong>, Nash said. The National Guard also is a valuable training resource, and Wisconsin’s National Guard participated in an exercise called Cyber Shield in 2017. </p> <p><em><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/cdw_insider_registration/register-web" target="_blank"><strong>BECOME AN INSIDER:</strong> Gain exclusive video coverage of the NASCIO 2019 when you subscribe to StateTech.</a></em></p> <h2>Wisconsin Assesses Next Steps for Strengthening Team</h2> <p>The Wisconsin volunteer team operates without any sort of <strong>executive order or legislative mandate</strong>, but the state CIO’s office is assessing whether such measures would strengthen the effort.</p> <p>For example, Wisconsin is <strong>examining laws in Michigan</strong> to see if <a href="https://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-78403_78404---,00.html" target="_blank">any statutes might assist</a> Wisconsin authorities in the event of a cybersecurity incident. </p> <p>Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal said a true test of state and local collaboration on effective cybersecurity would come during the <strong>election cycle in 2020</strong>. The 2018 midterm election was a dress rehearsal for <a href="https://dma.wi.gov/DMA/news/2018news/181102" target="_blank">next year’s presidential election</a>, Cagigal said.</p> <p>“We can be confident that no one is going to touch our voter database,” he added.</p> <p><em>Check out more articles and videos from </em>StateTech<em>’s coverage of NASCIO 2019 conference <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/nascio-2019" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11391" hreflang="en"><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> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:12:42 +0000 Mickey McCarter 43001 at https://statetechmagazine.com NASCIO 2019: The Seldomly Asked Questions About Ransomware https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2019-seldomly-asked-questions-about-ransomware <span>NASCIO 2019: The Seldomly Asked Questions About Ransomware</span> <div><p>Ransomware is not going away as a cybersecurity threat for state and local governments. In fact, it’s only growing more sophisticated, as the <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/nascio-2019-texas-cio-credits-strong-governance-ransomware-recovery">coordinated attack in Texas in August demonstrated</a>. Yet there are still blind spots when it comes to ransomware. We surveyed IT leaders at the NASCIO 2019 annual conference for their views on the SAQs of ransomware — the seldomly asked questions. These are the questions that often don’t get asked, but should. </p> <p>Check out more of our coverage from <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/nascio-2019" target="_blank">NASCIO 2019</a> here.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/15/2019 - 08:05</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Everyone in #stategov knows about #ransomware, but what are the questions IT leaders seldomly ask about it? We surveyed them at #NASCIO19 to find out. </div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1324632817</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT34198</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Security</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2019-seldomly-asked-questions-about-ransomware" data-title="Everyone in #stategov knows about #ransomware, but what are the questions IT leaders seldomly ask about it? We surveyed them at #NASCIO19 to find out." data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Oct</span> <span>15</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's vertical template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2019-seldomly-asked-questions-about-ransomware" data-title="Everyone in #stategov knows about #ransomware, but what are the questions IT leaders seldomly ask about it? 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We surveyed them at #NASCIO19 to find out." data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fdestination%3D%2Fdashboard%2Faritealjfla%26_exception_statuscode%3D403" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/media/video/nascio-2019-seldomly-asked-questions-about-ransomware"> One of the questions is, have you engaged with your state operations center, and prepared them for a cyber mission and not just a natural disaster?&quot; </a></p> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-10/ToddK.jpg?itok=4mXGMn1u" width="60" height="60" alt="Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Todd Kimbriel</span> Texas CIO </p> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:05:13 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42996 at https://statetechmagazine.com NASCIO 2019: Colorado CIO Theresa Szczurek Outlines the State's IT Vision https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2019-colorado-cio-theresa-szczurek-outlines-states-it-vision <span>NASCIO 2019: Colorado CIO Theresa Szczurek Outlines the State&#039;s IT Vision</span> <div><p>Colorado CIO <strong>Theresa Szczure</strong>k took office in January, having previously served as co-founder of <a href="https://www.radishsystems.com/" target="_blank">Radish Systems</a>, a software firm that develops “voice with visuals” self-service and other live-assistance communication platforms. Under Gov. Jared Polis, Szczurek is working to <strong>make government services more efficient </strong>and to enable residents to<strong> access those services from anywhere, at any time</strong>. The state is also modernizing its applications, investing in <strong>artificial intelligence</strong> and chatbots, and testing new technologies in an innovation lab.</p> <p>Check out more of our coverage from <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/nascio-2019" target="_blank">NASCIO 2019</a> here.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:08</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>At #NASCIO19, @OITColorado CIO @TheresaSzczurek describes how the state is modernizing its technology and embracing #chatbots to improve citizen services. #stategov</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1187644893</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT34198</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>State &amp; Local</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2019-colorado-cio-theresa-szczurek-outlines-states-it-vision" data-title="At #NASCIO19, @OITColorado CIO @TheresaSzczurek describes how the state is modernizing its technology and embracing #chatbots to improve citizen services. #stategov" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Oct</span> <span>14</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's vertical template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2019-colorado-cio-theresa-szczurek-outlines-states-it-vision" data-title="At #NASCIO19, @OITColorado CIO @TheresaSzczurek describes how the state is modernizing its technology and embracing #chatbots to improve citizen services. #stategov" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/media/video/nascio-2019-colorado-cio-theresa-szczurek-outlines-states-it-vision" data-title="At #NASCIO19, @OITColorado CIO @TheresaSzczurek describes how the state is modernizing its technology and embracing #chatbots to improve citizen services. #stategov" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fcm_mmc%3DEmail-_-statetechenewsletter-_-CDWG%2525257c107113%2525257chouse-_-StateTechLogo" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/media/video/nascio-2019-colorado-cio-theresa-szczurek-outlines-states-it-vision"> We&#039;ve been looking at ways that we can do what we do in terms of technology more efficiently with our agency partners. </a></p> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-10/CDWST-8814.jpg?itok=pRhH_iGj" width="60" height="60" alt="Colorado CIO Theresa Szczurek" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Theresa Szczurek</span> Colorado CIO </p> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:08:18 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42991 at https://statetechmagazine.com Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel https://statetechmagazine.com/texas-cio-todd-kimbriel <span>Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mickey-mccarter" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mickey McCarter</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/14/2019 - 18:26</span> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/photo_gallery/ToddKimbriel3.jpg" width="6000" height="3600" alt="Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/photo_gallery/ToddKimbriel1.jpg" width="6000" height="3600" alt="Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/photo_gallery/ToddKimbriel.jpg" width="6000" height="3600" alt="Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/texas-cio-todd-kimbriel" data-title="Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Oct</span> <span>14</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's vertical template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/texas-cio-todd-kimbriel" data-title="Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fstatetechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fcm_mmc%3DEmail-_-statetechenewsletter-_-CDWG%2525257c107113%2525257chouse-_-StateTechLogo" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://statetechmagazine.com/texas-cio-todd-kimbriel" data-title="Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel" data-via="StateTech" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:26:15 +0000 Mickey McCarter 42986 at https://statetechmagazine.com NASCIO 2019: Texas CIO Credits Strong Governance for Ransomware Recovery https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/nascio-2019-texas-cio-credits-strong-governance-ransomware-recovery <span>NASCIO 2019: Texas CIO Credits Strong Governance for Ransomware Recovery</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mickey-mccarter" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mickey McCarter</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:39</span> <div><p>At 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 16, a Texas-based organization reported <strong>a ransomware event</strong> to its managed services security provider. By 10 a.m., a number of other organizations also reported ransomware attacks. Ultimately, 23 local government organizations fell <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/no-municipality-paid-ransoms-in-coordinated-ransomware-attack-that-hit-texas/" target="_blank">prey to the cybersecurity attack</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://dir.texas.gov/" target="_blank">Texas Department of Information Resources</a> responded promptly, determining the <strong>23 localities were infected</strong> through their shared managed services provider, said Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel on Monday at <a href="https://www.cvent.com/events/nascio-2019-annual-conference/event-summary-9848c08e0ebf49e7aaf2f268560708f3.aspx" target="_blank">the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers</a> in Nashville, Tennessee. </p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/statetech" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @StateTech on Twitter for continued NASCIO 2019 conference coverage. </em></a></p> <p>In a statement to StateTech, Kimbriel emphasized the complexity of the ransomware incident:</p> <p>“There aren’t easy answers or a silver bullet to prevent attacks. However, it is crucial that any service provider, whether in-house or outsourced, has good cyber hygiene practices in place. DIR’s role is to provide cybersecurity assistance and education to Texas government. We take that role and our relationship with those we serve seriously.”</p> <p>Kimbriel attributes the successful response to the authority of the Texas governor to <strong>declare an emergency</strong> in response to a cyber event and to a strong statewide cybersecurity incident response plan. </p> <p>“I would characterize our response to that as A++, and there’s <strong>a couple of reasons</strong> why our response was so good compared to some other ransomware events,” Kimbriel said during the presentation.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/ransomware-attacks-loom-preparation-critical-municipalities" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM STATETECH: </strong>Find out why preparation is critical to ransomware defense.</em></a></p> <h2>Governor’s Disaster Declaration Activated State Operations Center</h2> <p>Through the Legislature, the Texas governor has the authority to declare a disaster<strong> in response to a cybersecurity event</strong>, Kimbriel emphasized. In that case, the state can activate <a href="https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2019/may/emergency-mgt.php" target="_blank">a state operations center</a> to immediately bring the authorities and capabilities of all state agencies to bear on the problem.</p> <p>“That’s a huge differentiator, because now you have feet on the ground,” Kimbriel said. “State operations centers have protocols, communications procedures and engagement. One of the key things that states have started to embrace over the last eight years is a <strong>federally directed mandate to governors</strong> to get the military departments of each state … to participate in cyber activities.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11391" hreflang="en"><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, 14 Oct 2019 21:39:22 +0000 Mickey McCarter 42981 at https://statetechmagazine.com As Ransomware Attacks Loom, Preparation Is Critical for Municipalities https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/ransomware-attacks-loom-preparation-critical-municipalities <span>As Ransomware Attacks Loom, Preparation Is Critical for Municipalities</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:51</span> <div><p>Earlier this year, two Florida cities, Riviera Beach and Lake City, were forced to pay a combined total of more than <strong>$1.1 million</strong> when it became clear after several weeks that there was just no way to recover from a ransomware attack without paying to unlock their data. </p> <p>In addition to shelling out <strong>$600,000</strong>, Riviera Beach also invested <strong>$941,000 </strong>for new desktops, laptops and other hardware to rebuild its IT infrastructure as a result of the attack. Previously, Riviera Beach Interim IT Manager Justin Williams received authorization to spend roughly <strong>$800,000</strong> on <strong>a new security system</strong> after warning the city council in February that the old system was outdated and susceptible to ransomware and other threats, <a href="https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190621/in-depth-how-riviera-beach-left-door-wide-open-for-hackers" target="_blank"><em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>With all of the upgrades after the ransomware attack in May, Riviera Beach is now in a better position to defend against a ransomware attack. “Prevention is a word we have to be careful with. It’s more accurate to talk about managing risk,” says Kelvin Coleman, executive director of the <a href="https://staysafeonline.org/" target="_blank">National Cyber Security Alliance</a>.</p> <p>With this in mind, experts recommend local governments <strong>train personnel and fortify technology to mitigate from these types of attacks </strong>— without shelling out ransom money.</p> <p><em><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/cdw_insider_registration/register-web?magazine=" target="_blank"><b>SUBSCRIBE: </b>Become an Insider and get curated cybersecurity news, tactics and analysis — for free.</a></em></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Education and Awareness Is Key to Preventing Cyberattacks</h2> <p>One of the biggest risks municipalities and other organizations face has nothing to do with the technology and practices that are in place.</p> <p>“You can put in the most sophisticated product and implement the most amazing processes, but you still have people you have to train on those products and processes,” Coleman says. “The first thing you need to look at is employee education, being able to <strong>make sure your folks have been properly trained on what to look for, things that are out of place</strong>.”</p> <p>That education and awareness should also take the form of drills or simulations such as those undertaken to prepare for fire or other emergency situations, something Coleman says is sorely lacking in the field.</p> <p>“We’re being hit millions, if not billions of times a day at the local government level, every single day, every single hour. It’s amazing that we don’t have more training that focuses on this,” he says.</p> <p>There should also be <strong>a focus on how personal devices are allowed to interact with municipal networks</strong>, which should be governed by a strong BYOD policy.</p> <p>“We’re in such an era of continuous connectivity that part of our brain says, ‘What I do for work is on one part of my device and what I do personally is on another side,’” Coleman says. “The problem is that it all interacts together, and what you do on your device has consequences for everyone. That’s where education and awareness come in.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/derek-rice" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/DerekRice.jpeg.jpg?itok=Mcbyl2mi" width="58" height="58" alt="Derek Rice " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/derek-rice"> <div>Derek Rice</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=derekjrice&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Derek Rice is a freelance writer and content developer who lives in Kennebunk, Maine.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:51:38 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42976 at https://statetechmagazine.com Smart Cities Connect 2019: Philadelphia Eyes Initial Smart City Pilots https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/smart-cities-connect-2019-philadelphia-eyes-initial-smart-city-pilots <span>Smart Cities Connect 2019: Philadelphia Eyes Initial Smart City Pilots</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mickey-mccarter" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mickey McCarter</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/09/2019 - 17:36</span> <div><p>Philadelphia is having a moment, agreed panelists discussing <strong>the city’s smart city plans</strong> at <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/smart-cities-connect-2019">the Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference</a> at National Harbor, Md., on Wednesday.</p> <p>In recent years, the city hosted the Democratic National Convention and won the Super Bowl, and soon, panelists noted, it will host a national celebration for the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. But Philadelphia is also facing a crucial year in<strong> its transformation into a smart city</strong>, said CIO Mark Wheeler.</p> <p><a href="https://www.phila.gov/documents/smartcityphl-roadmap/" target="_blank">The SmartCityPHL plan</a>, launched in February 2018, calls for Philadelphia to “<strong>do more with less</strong>” and “create capacity” to re-engineer processes, Wheeler said. “It is to make sure we are taking assets, we are not wasting them, and we are coordinating with a very clear set of processes,” he said.</p> <p>When it comes to action, Philadelphia is <strong>planning ahead by setting aside money</strong> for smart city projects, Wheeler added. The city can spend up to $34,000 without a request for proposals, so the Office of Innovation and Technology can dedicate money to small pilots quickly. For fiscal 2020, Philadelphia has set aside $150,000 in budget for smart city projects.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/statetech" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @StateTech on Twitter for continued Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference coverage. </em></a></p> <h2>Technology Office Centralizes View of Disparate Smart Projects</h2> <p>“We’re not waiting to do pilots. <strong>We’re doing them</strong>,” Wheeler said.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.phila.gov/water/pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Philadelphia Water Department</a> is using <strong>the Internet of Things</strong> and sensors to monitor infrastructure, he said. The Philadelphia Public Health Department monitors air with sensors to measure gases and hazards.</p> <p>The city takes data from <strong>a Comcast LoRaWan system</strong> that measures inputs in various areas around the city, Wheeler said. The system, called MachineQ, is <a href="https://lora-alliance.org/" target="_blank">a low-power IoT network</a> that can provide utility metering, environmental monitoring, asset tracking and more.</p> <p>In addition to the money set aside for smart city projects, Philadelphia augments its smart city initiatives with <strong>investments in hardware and networking</strong> as well as a separate project to integrate information from various data sources for analysis.</p> <p>Philadelphia plans to hire <strong>a smart city procurement specialist</strong> to augment its two-person smart city team, which includes Wheeler, in part to <a href="https://www.govtech.com/fs/infrastructure/Philadelphia-Adopts-Smart-City-Road-Map.html" target="_blank">master a difficult city procurement process</a>.</p> <p>Ideally, Wheeler would like to see Philadelphia adopt a model where a pilot program becomes part of<strong> a competitive bidding process</strong>, and selection of the pilot solutions provider becomes a yearlong interview to determine whether that provider is the right candidate to handle the program.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/08/cities-support-open-data-programs-improve-lives-citizens-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM STATETECH:</strong> Philadelphia's open data program improves the lives of citizens. </em></a></p> <h2>City Transportation Department Values Citizen Input</h2> <p>Michael Carroll, Philadelphia’s deputy managing director of <a href="http://www.phillyotis.com/" target="_blank">transportation and infrastructure systems</a>, said his department goes into neighborhoods to <strong>collect feedback from residents</strong> on projects ranging from bike lanes to streetlights. Following a “mini city hall” model, officials listen to constituents and incorporate their thoughts into the next stages of their plans.</p> <p>“We benefit by taking that information back to the lab and <strong>channeling that information</strong> to the right people to start developing solutions across silos,” Carroll said.</p> <p>Philadelphia owns a lot of its infrastructure and controls large amounts of it. The city seeks <strong>to maintain ownership</strong> of that infrastructure over time as much as possible, which fortifies its smart city prospects, Carroll said. For example, Philadelphia has exercised caution in establishing <a href="https://www.philadelphiastreets.com/small-cell-distributed-antenna-systems-das-licensing-program" target="_blank">small cell antenna projects</a> to consider all input.</p> <p>Ownership “is built into the DNA of the city. We want to leverage that to bring people in so they can be successful working with us. But we don’t lose that certain level of control that allows us to be<strong> responsive to constituencies</strong> that are at the margins,” Carroll said.</p> <p><em>Read more articles from </em>StateTech<em>’s coverage of the Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/smart-cities-connect-2019">here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11391" hreflang="en"><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> Wed, 09 Oct 2019 21:36:59 +0000 Mickey McCarter 42971 at https://statetechmagazine.com Smart Cities Connect 2019: Best Practices for Smart City Success https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/smart-cities-connect-2019-best-practices-smart-city-success <span>Smart Cities Connect 2019: Best Practices for Smart City Success</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:07</span> <div><p>What makes a smart city successful? There are likely as many answers out there as there are smart cities. </p> <p>There is no one-size-fits-all definition of a smart city, said Patricia Zullo, senior director of smart city solutions for <a href="https://enterprise.spectrum.com/" target="_blank">Spectrum Enterprise</a>, an arm of Charter Communications.</p> <p>“It’s unique at every place we go,” she said Wednesday, speaking at <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/smart-cities-connect-2019">the Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference</a> at National Harbor, Md. <strong>“The definition and initiatives use cases are unique.”</strong></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/statetech" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @StateTech on Twitter for continued Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference coverage. </em></a></p> <p>Although every smart city approaches technology deployments and community engagement differently, experts speaking on two keynote session panels at the conference offered some concrete best practices for success. </p> <p>IT and civic leaders in smart cities shoul<strong>d focus on cultivating public-private partnerships </strong>to bring together a variety of stakeholders, they said. Additionally, city leaders should also impress upon technology vendor partners that they need to <strong>provide solutions that actually address the individual city’s challenges and needs</strong>. Cities need to <strong>prioritize what those needs are</strong>, and the technology capabilities they need to fulfill them. </p> <p>Speaking of smart cities, Aaron Deacon, managing director of Kansas City nonprofit <a href="https://www.kcdigitaldrive.org/about/" target="_blank">KC Digital Drive</a>, said that they “are kind of a new thing, kind of an old thing, and kind of the same thing we’ve been doing all along. You need relationships, structure, intentionality — <strong>and it all has to fit in with the larger vision for your city</strong>.”</p> <p>Here are three best practices that smart city experts discussed. </p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/street-smarts-colorado-springs-moves-deliberately-toward-smart-city-future" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM STATETECH: </strong>Discover how Colorado Springs is taking its smart city journey. </em></a></p> <h2>1. Collaboration Is Key to Smart City Success</h2> <p>Zullo noted that cities that have been on a smart city journey for years now are only just starting to see the fruits of their labor when it comes to what they can do with the data they are collecting and how technology deployments can enhance economic development. </p> <p>Part of the issue is that, unlike other parts of the world, U.S. cities cannot be ordered, from the top down by a national government, to carry out smart city development in a specific way. </p> <p>“The U.S. in general is probably a little bit behind,” she said. It’s not for lack of trying or technology. It’s more because cities are run differently here than they are internationally. In order to get something accomplished, <strong>you need to prove something works and that you can get funding</strong>.”</p> <p>Mark Patton, vice president of smart cities for the <a href="https://www.columbuspartnership.com/" target="_blank">Columbus Partnership</a>, stressed that collaboration is key between the public sector, technology providers and academics. He also suggested that cities create one location where everyone involved with smart city projects convenes and works.</p> <p>With that kind of setup, he said, “you can’t go off after a tough meeting and say, ‘Those guys are a bunch of idiots.’ You have to work out the problems. <strong>Find a place to jam them all together and say, ‘Get to work.’</strong>” </p> <p>Zullo said public-private partnerships can cross departmental boundaries, help bring in private funding and work with the technology industry. Cities that have set up PPPs for smart city deployments are the ones that “have the most acceleration going on,” she said. </p> <p>Cities that just have a city manager, CIO or CTO working on smart city projects in his or her spare time won’t be successful, she argued. “There are too many shiny gadgets, and there’s too much going on in the city to be able to pull all this together,” she said. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein" hreflang="en"><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, 09 Oct 2019 18:07:12 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42966 at https://statetechmagazine.com Smart Cities Connect 2019: FirstNet Empowers Public Safety, Say First Responders https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/smart-cities-connect-2019-firstnet-empowers-public-safety-say-first-responders <span>Smart Cities Connect 2019: FirstNet Empowers Public Safety, Say First Responders</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/mickey-mccarter" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mickey McCarter</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/08/2019 - 16:16</span> <div><p>Just as cities began the evolution toward becoming smart cities with synchronized traffic lights and SCADA systems, public safety agencies began to advance technologically when they moved past call boxes, said Bill Schrier, senior advisor at the <a href="https://www.firstnet.com/home" target="_blank">First Responder Network Authority</a>. But <strong>police, fire and emergency medical service agencies</strong> are embracing a whole new level of technological innovation recently.</p> <p>Speaking Tuesday at the <a href="https://fall.smartcitiesconnect.org/" target="_blank">Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference</a> outside Washington, D.C, first responders described some of the innovations that are helping them <strong>combat crime and save lives</strong>, thanks in part due to the dedicated broadband access provided by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).</p> <p>Retired Brig. Gen. Welton Chase Jr. of FirstNet described the first responder network: “FirstNet is a state-of-the-art, nationwide, <strong>interoperable broadband network</strong> that is able to transcend jurisdictional boundaries.”</p> <p>Working across jurisdictions was a critical aspect in the establishment of FirstNet after first responders were unable to establish interagency communications when <strong>responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks</strong>, Chase said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.firstnet.com/ecms/dam/att/firstnet/marketing/pdf/firstnet-sub-paid-brochure.pdf" target="_blank">Representing the FirstNet contractor</a>, Matt Walsh, area vice president for business development, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=at+T&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1&amp;ln=0&amp;b=AWS" target="_blank">AT&amp;T</a> IoT Solutions, pointed to the ability of drones <strong>to collect information and share it</strong> to multiple agencies during major events. “It’s almost like a Webex, where you can provide anyone with a login and they can stream that information via FirstNet to see what’s going on,” Walsh said.</p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/09/firstnets-new-roadmap-previews-future-public-safety-network"><em><strong>MORE FROM STATETECH: </strong>FirstNet's Roadmap Specifies Future of First Responder Network</em></a></p> <h2>Chicago Decentralizes Command, Provides Mobile Power to Officers</h2> <p>Jonathan Lewin, chief of the technical services bureau for the <a href="https://home.chicagopolice.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Police Department</a>, described the fusion centers that have helped his department gain a centralized view of crime throughout Chicago. Known as <strong>Strategic Decision Support Centers</strong>, the facilities put command and control where required around key locations in Chicago. The department also is expanding a mobility program with hopes to provide every officer with a smartphone in 2020.</p> <p>The Chicago Police Department serves 2.7 million people across 234 square miles, Lewin said. With 22 districts and 13,200 officers, it’s the <strong>second-largest police department</strong> in the United States.</p> <p><a href="https://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/projects/strategic-decision-support-centers" target="_blank">The SDSCs integrate</a> “operational intelligence from existing sources,” including a geospatial information system, crime forecasting and gunshot detection sensors, according to Lewin. The centers also provide access to the city’s surveillance camera network and license plate readers, both fixed and mobile. Using data collected by the system and other factors as input, <strong>police determine where to deploy</strong> their resources and assets and where to station officers.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/samsung-interstitial.html" target="_blank">Samsung</a> smartphones provided to officers also receive this information, and <strong>officers in the field file reports</strong> collected by the SDSCs. “The ultimate goal of the SDSCs is to provide a process and an environment for collaboration and analysis resulting in fewer victims,” according to Lewin.</p> <p>“Mobility is really important to us,” Lewin said. “The officers like being able to get all of this <strong>information at their fingertips</strong>.”</p> <p>To facilitate that mobility and to save money, Chicago is equipping every officer with <strong>a Samsung mobile phone</strong>. “<a href="https://news.samsung.com/us/samsung-dex-in-vehicle-pilot-chicago-police-department/" target="_blank">The smartphone becomes the compute power</a> not only when they are on the street but also in the car,” Lewin added. Officers also will receive docking stations at their desks, so the phones will become their computers in every sense.</p> <p>Lewin anticipates this mobility, powered by the <strong>Samsung Desktop Experience (known as Samsung DeX)</strong>, will save the police department thousands of dollars per car across 3,500 cars in the force.</p> <p><em><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/09/chicago-pd-partners-samsung-give-officers-more-apps-street"><strong>MORE FROM STATETECH: </strong>Chicago partners with Samsung to empower officers with apps</a></em></p> <h2>Washington, D.C., Prioritizes Medical Services in Emergency Response</h2> <p>Gregory Dean, chief of the <a href="https://dc.gov/agency/fire-and-emergency-medical-services-department" target="_blank">Washington D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department,</a> meets a lot of demands protecting residents, workers and visitors to Washington, D.C. Washington has <strong>700,000 residents</strong>, and the number of people in the city swells to number 1.5 million during any business day. The city must also handle large official events and protests.</p> <p>At Smart Cities Connect, the chief described how tech advancements were helping his department to save lives. Prioritizing cases is important because the city has <strong>a limited number of hospitals</strong>, the chief said. It’s not unusual for the EMS service to spend 45 minutes at a hospital with a patient on a stretcher because of a lack of resources. </p> <p>“Where are we in relationship to the resources when it comes to EMS?” Dean said, describing the challenge his department strives to tackle. Washington has established <strong>a triage line as part of the 911 emergency call center</strong>, where <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/nurses-in-dcs-911-center-are-helping-cut-some-unnecessary-ambulance-runs-but-not-most/2018/09/23/72b4e388-b3dd-11e8-aed9-001309990777_story.html" target="_blank">a nurse can determine</a> the severity of a medical emergency and route a patient to a specific health center, sometimes via a ride-hailing service rather than ambulance.</p> <p>The city’s medical services took specific steps to tackle a high rate of death due to cardiac arrest, the chief said: The fire department trained <strong>70,000 citizens in CPR</strong> over the past 3.5 years, and residents at risk of cardiac attack can obtain <a href="https://fems.dc.gov/vi/node/1284381" target="_blank">an app called PulsePoint</a> that will send an alert when a medical emergency occurs.</p> <p><em>Read more articles from </em>StateTech<em>’s coverage of the Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/smart-cities-connect-2019">here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11391" hreflang="en"><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> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:16:21 +0000 Mickey McCarter 42961 at https://statetechmagazine.com Smart Cities Connect 2019: How to Make Smart Transportation a Success https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/smart-cities-connect-2019-how-make-smart-transportation-success <span>Smart Cities Connect 2019: How to Make Smart Transportation a Success</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/08/2019 - 13:41</span> <div><p>The dream vision of <strong>smart transportation and urban mobility projects</strong> is to have autonomous vehicles connecting to and constantly communicating with sensors placed around a city and its surrounding region, moving traffic more efficiently and safely. </p> <p>Most smart cities are still in the very early stages of that journey. Speaking Tuesday at the <a href="https://fall.smartcitiesconnect.org/" target="_blank">Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference</a> at National Harbor, Md., transportation and smart city officials from a range of cities across the country said that for smart mobility projects to be successful, <strong>cities need to build and leverage underlying infrastructure and data sets</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-davis-96116310/" target="_blank">Jordan Davis</a>, director of Smart Columbus at the <a href="https://www.columbuspartnership.com/" target="_blank">Columbus Partnership</a>, said that <strong>“the connected vehicle environment will be the new normal” </strong>and that the goal is to figure out how to not just pilot such programs but scale them, not just in cities but in the surrounding region. </p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/statetech" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION: </strong>Follow @StateTech on Twitter for continued Smart Cities Connect 2019 conference coverage. </em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Columbus Builds a Data Platform for Smart Transportation</h2> <p>Columbus, Ohio, is a hotbed of smart city activity, and it’s <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/10/8-smart-cities-watch">made a name </a>for itself with its burgeoning s<a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2018/08/columbus-details-tech-needed-its-connected-vehicle-project">mart transportation programs</a>. Three years ago, the Ohio city won the highly publicized <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/smartcity" target="_blank">Smart City Challenge</a>, a nationwide contest put on by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which came with a <strong>$40 million</strong> grant.</p> <p>The core of the city’s efforts is the <a href="https://www.smartcolumbusos.com/" target="_blank">Smart Columbus OS</a>, <strong>a data management platform </strong>Columbus built from the ground up with modern architecture, Davis said. Data is the backbone of the OS, which serves as an integrated data exchange that combines public- and private-sector data. </p> <p>The OS is designed to be used by others in the region, support the data ingestion needs of the U.S. DOT grant projects and facilitate agency efficiency for city governments, Davis said. The goal is to <strong>create a viable regional data platform and pull in data from across the region</strong>. Columbus wants to scale and sustain the platform to finance continued investment in smart city projects. </p> <p>“It’s built for the world of IoT in cities,” Davis said. “So you can agnostically manage all of the real-time data in the city.”</p> <p>Columbus is investing in some building blocks that are “no-regret bets,” like electric grid modernization, installing electric car charging stations and creating a connected vehicle environment across <strong>179 intersections and 4,200 cars, trucks, and buses</strong>, which the city anticipates will be connected in the region by 2020. </p> <p>In addition to pilot projects like a self-driving shuttle, Columbus has invested in a culture shift to make smart transportation reality, Davis said. That includes aggressive electric vehicle adoption for the public and private sectors, creating simple and integrated solutions, and adding different modes of transportation beyond personal vehicles. </p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/intelligent-transportation-systems-save-cents-main-street" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM STATETECH: </strong>Find out how intelligent transportation systems save cities money.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Cities Can Use Existing Infrastructure for Transportation Projects</h2> <p>Officials at the conference emphasized that they plan to use existing network and physical infrastructure to make their transportation systems smarter. </p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/tarareel/" target="_blank">Tara Reel</a>, transportation and transit planner for the city of Virginia Beach, noted that the city is where five transatlantic communications cables connect to the mainland United States. The city wants to <strong>use a ring of dark fiber to enhance its smart transportation projects</strong>.</p> <p>That includes connected vehicles, mobility applications and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Virginia Beach wants to make efficient use of existing infrastructure, alleviate traffic congestion and<strong> deliver real-time information to drivers</strong>, such as road closure and work zone alerts. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein" hreflang="en"><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> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:41:59 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42956 at https://statetechmagazine.com