Technology is a ubiquitous part of life in the 21st century, and governments have no choice but to keep pace. In our Technology section, we feature information on digital modernization, smart city initiatives, cybersecurity and community engagement applications that can help municipal agencies improve both the security of local government operations and the safety of communities and public resources.

Inventors have tried coasters, cups, straws, nail polish and a smart device for detecting the presence of drugs. See which devices actually made it to market.
The new Forensic Services Laboratory 117,672 square feet of office and lab space; its 152 staffers work with the nearly 300 law enforcement agencies in the state
The nomination for the 2024 Business Intelligence Group award focused on the Cordico wellness app
Lexipol named leading government technology company for second consecutive year
The Best in Biz Award recognizes the new version of Lexipol’s Cordico wellness app for first responders
Cellphone carriers are now required to send first responders based on the location of the caller, rather than the nearest cell tower
The Chula Vista PD was taken to court after it withheld all drone footage under a California Public Record Act exemption that allows investigative material to remain confidential
Artificial intelligence is being tested to see how it can answer non-emergency calls, reducing dispatchers’ workload
U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell presided over the event that focused on current problems in the fire service
San Diego would be the first city in the county to battery storage and disposal
What makes it difficult to guarantee communications access to local government operations – and what technologies are available to help?
Hawaiian Electric President Shelee Kimura acknowledged the company’s downed power line cause the first fire
The AskRail program gives dispatchers information on train contents and provides FFs with hazmat training additional chemical details
Maui County officials sent alerts to cellphones, television and radio stations, but it is unclear if it was before widespread power, cellular outages
San Francisco Fire Department Chief Jeanine Nicholson presented regulators 55 written reports of the robotaxis interfering with emergency response