By Data-Smart City Solutions • June 14, 2019

STATE SCOOP: CLOUD MIGRATION MADE FLOOD RESPONSE QUICKER, IOWA HEALTH OFFICIAL SAYS

The Iowa Department of Public Health recently updated its environmental public health tracking portal and the state’s public health data dashboards, migrating that information onto a cloud platform. Now, in conjunction with the data visualization software Tableau, first responders working in disaster areas are given unprecedented access to the state’s health data maps and real-time visualization.

NEXT GOV: IN KANSAS, USING AN APP TO STREAMLINE DMV REGISTRATIONS

Kansas’ new statewide services app launched in 2018, iKan, allows residents to create a single customer profile and payment system—cutting down on trips to the DMV to renew driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations. What’s more, the app also ended up generating up to $500,000 in revenue for the state since it launched by also offering options to purchase other services like passes to state parks.

ROUTE FIFTY: USING DATA TO PREDICT COASTAL FLOOD RISK

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched the Coastal Inundation Dashboard earlier this week, which collects real-time water level readings, storm surge and flooding information, and 48-hour forecasts for a broad view of any oncoming risks. NOAA officials say the goal is to give coastal residents enough notification for the best chance to prepare for and recover from storm surges and rising water levels.

STATE TECH: SYRACUSE REACHES FOR THE FUTURE WITH SMART CITY PLAN

In December Syracuse mayor Ben Walsh announced Syracuse Surge, a $200 million economic development project to prepare his city for the future by utilizing smart technology and the Internet of Things. The plan includes buying 17,507 smart LED streetlights and renovating an abandoned high school into a local STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) school.

NBC NEWS: CONNECTICUT WILL BE FIRST STATE TO COLLECT PROSECUTOR DATA TO STUDY RACIAL BIAS

Connecticut will be the first state to begin collecting prosecutorial data statewide, after legislation that received unanimous support in the state Senate and House passed earlier in the week. The law will require prosecutors to pull together data regarding how many defendants received prison time, plea deals, or diversionary programs that is broken down by race, sex, and age in order to determine whether bias plays a role in their decisions.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: NORTH DAKOTA PLANS STATEWIDE DRONE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

North Dakota passed a bill this year, investing $33 million into unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that will use a combination of radar and radio transmissions to track aircraft and assist the piloting of UAS. The goal is to lay a foundation in the state for the UAS industry to create an economic boost for the state.