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Challenge winners propose technology to fix, modernize NYC's sluggish subway

by Colin Wood

As an army of daily commuters calls for New York City to fix its sluggish subway system, a new idea revealed through a governor’s challenge may provide at least one piece of a possible solution. Metrom Rail, a transit company based in Illinois, announced last week that it has been named one of eight winners of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Genius Transit Challenge, a competition announced last year by Gov. Andrew…

Students build simple swipe system for county workers to borrow government vehicles

by Ryan Johnston

Through a new university partnership, Los Angeles County parks department will soon be completing its vehicle operations paperwork — a tedious task for many employees — with the swipe of a keycard. The solution? Outfitting each of the department’s 600 vehicles with RFID reader- and GPS module- attached Raspberry Pi microcontrollers, enabling automatic user, location, mileage and timestamp data input. And that’s just the beginning, parks and rec CIO Mohammed Al-Rawi told StateScoop. When Al-Rawi was late for a…

Sacramento wants to become the next big tech center

by Colin Wood

A new initiative called the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab is the California capital's bid to become a global influencer in the emerging technologies market.