By Data-Smart City Solutions • November 22, 2019

STATE SCOOP: TEXAS MOVES ‘BEYOND IOT’ IN NEW STATE TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY

The Texas Department of Information Resources published a biennial technology plan earlier this month that stated its goal of moving beyond building interconnected networks of connected devices and toward creating a more sophisticated and efficient sector of digital services. Between 2020 and 2024, the report identified secure service delivery, advanced data management, and agile IT development as the three biggest priorities for the state. 

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: STATE DATA OFFICER NETWORK GOES LIVE FOR INAUGURAL MEETING 

After being in development for almost two years, a network for chief data officers called the State Chief Data Officers Network was officially launched last week. The network will be based in Washington, D.C. and aims to strengthen data work within state governments by sharing experiences of best practice and providing mutually beneficial support.

GOVERNING: BUILDING A DATA-DRIVEN FUTURE: DIGITAL CITIES 2019 REVEALED

The Center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2019 Digital Cities Survey this week: Weston, FL; Lynchburg, VA; Norfolk, VA; Miami, FL; and San Diego, CA. These cities are making smart technology investments in the areas of infrastructure, citizen engagement, data storage, and cyber security. 

FED SCOOP: WHAT COMES AFTER CYBER FOR FEDERAL RESKILLING INITIATIVES? DATA SCIENCE

An Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official said last week that data science will be the next focal point of the federal government’s reskilling efforts. After two successful cohorts of the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy, the next cohort will provide a basic understanding of data science for staff in the operational levels up through leadership.

BUSINESS INSIDER SINGAPORE: SINGAPORE HAS A NATIONAL AI STRATEGY THAT WILL ‘TRANSFORM’ COUNTRY BY 2030

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced last week that the island city-state will launch a nationwide AI strategy starting with five “national AI” projects in logistics, healthcare, border security, estate management and education management. The projects, which will plan how to develop and use AI technology, aim to improve the lives of the country’s citizens as well as invigorate the economy.

GCN: VISUALIZATION TOOLS A ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR SMART COLUMBUS

The Smart Columbus Operating System (SCOS), a regionwide smart city initiative co-led by the city and the Columbus Partnership, a nonprofit group dedicated to the region’s economy, announced its latest feature this week. SCOS’ newest feature offers visualization tools that help users quickly make sense of the data that has been taken in from multiple sources, including city and state government agencies, regional food banks, and an external parking services group all in one usable place.