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Announcing the 2018 City on a Cloud Finalists

This year’s City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge saw a variety of applications from countries around the globe. Nominations included cities, counties, universities, and, for the first time, a diversity category (We Power Tech) using the cloud to improve the lives of their constituents. Learn more about the finalists and their projects, including emergency response and disaster preparedness, collaborative learning, securing elections, and more.

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Response, Recovery, & Rebuild: Sonoma County’s Emergency Response Plan

While the fires spread in Sonoma County in October 2017, the focus was on fighting the flames that burned more than 110,000 acres and on helping the citizens displaced from their homes get access to emergency response resources. In addition to shelter, food, and water, time was another important resource. Citizens have high expectations for government services, whether at the state or municipal level, especially in the aftermath of a disaster. Immediately following the Sonoma County fires, the staffing resources in place could not handle the demands required to provide services and educate the public on what resources were available. To scale to meet the demands of citizens, QLess, an innovator in customer-interaction management (CIM) technology, worked around the clock to deploy its Amazon Web Services (AWS)-hosted solution for Sonoma County in a single weekend.

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Open Data, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence: How the Cloud is Taking on the Opioid Epidemic

The recent Winter Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, showcased a breakthrough Sundance documentary, Dying in Vein. Its filmmaker, Jenny Mackenzie, joined a panel of public health and technology leaders, including Dr. Bill Hazel, former Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Alex Chan, CEO of the Clinton Foundation Health Initiative, to discuss opiate and heroin addiction, which, as the film highlights, claims an average of 90 lives in the U.S. daily. A prevailing theme that emerged cast the opioid epidemic as an issue of public health – rather than one of criminal justice – and pressed the role of technology in mitigating its risks.

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AWS Services Support the Justice and Public Safety Community’s CJIS Compliance

Compliance with the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy is an ongoing task that includes data center infrastructure development and maintenance, creation of new cloud products and features, and performance of background checks on covered employees. In order to serve the Justice and Public Safety community’s most sensitive CJIS workloads in the cloud, AWS […]

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Using a Serverless Architecture to Collect and Prioritize Citizen Feedback

Just as companies listen to their customers to align the business with their client needs, government organizations listen to their citizens to improve the citizen experience. In order to get feedback, many organizations use different tools with a multi-channel approach, such as customer comments, Helpdesk calls, emails, social media, or mobile apps. Using Amazon Simple […]

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How the Cloud Modernizes and Simplifies Elections

AWS enables rapid deployment and effortless scaling of critical systems for customers who administer, promote, and protect the electoral process. Candidates are empowered to focus on the core issues of their campaign, instead of having to focus on building the underlying infrastructure to support their efforts in a secure, scalable, and cost-effective way. Here are […]

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Traverse in Action: See the Whole Picture of Case History

The best predictor of future safety is a thorough understanding of the past. Traverse, a protective services case discovery platform from the AWS Public Sector Partner Program member Northwoods, uncovers dark data and uses it to present a comprehensive case story. It allows child and adult protective services agencies to leverage the power of big […]

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Data Lakes for HHS: Unlocking Data to Gain New Insight

Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies collect endless amounts of data that, however abundant, often fails to paint the whole picture. Now, through the use of data lakes, healthcare agencies across the world are connecting disparate datasets, connecting information, and drawing new insights from years of data. HHS is in the midst of a digital […]

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