Data and technology are helping keep food safe, increasing crop resiliency, and improving supply chain transparency. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to individual cities to international food agencies, this article outlines how data analysis and blockchain technologies are improving the global food network.
Government Technology: Crowdsourced App Adds Ice, Unplowed Streets Alerts
Waze is a navigation app that relies on thousands of free editors to upload information about streets and routes. This winter, Waze has debuted a new feature that lets users report unplowed or icy streets, and alert other users to ice and snow hazards.Various state transportation departments are planning to use this data to determine where they need to send plows and clear streets.
The Fifth Estate: Tiny Sensors And Giant Temperature Map Could Help Cool Western Sydney
The population of Western Sydney is growing rapidly, and the government wants to make sure that increased development doesn’t worsen heat patterns. The local council is partnering with a university research team to measure heat across the region, using simple electronic temperature devices, suspended in aluminium cans and hung in trees across the region. The data will help the council with future planning and environmental policy.
Philadelphia wants to be zero-waste by 2035, and is recruiting private tech companies to help. Using a new procurement process, companies are being invited to pitch applications for a new pilot to decrease litter. The city hopes to elicit innovative ideas with the pitching process.
Counties in Florida are bringing in drone technology to assist with a variety of issues, ranging from active shooters to search and rescue missions. Departments must undergo weeks of training, and, in accordance with Florida Statute 934.50, the drones will not be used to gather evidence or for surveillance.
Energy News Network: Sustainability Dashboard Creates Targets, Transparency For Minnesota Agencies
In 2007, Minnesota passed the Next Generation Energy Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; by 2017, the state government had reduced its emissions more than 20 percent. Emissions rebounded in 2018, and the state is using its new sustainability dashboard to increase transparency and get back on track. The dashboard lets users view fuel and emission measures, either by agency or state government as a whole.