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Technology news from around the Web, 04.02.09

Technology News from around the Web, 04.02.09

Nextgov.com is reporting that state law enforcement agencies are fed up with the feds hoarding all the information. In a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment hearing, law enforcement officials from around the country testified they need more money to keep their “fusion centers” viable. “Fusion centers need to have sustainable funding from the fed government,” Leroy Baca, sheriff of Los Angeles County, said. “We can’t do this on local dollars alone.”

Detroit is lossing $25 million a week according to revenue projections from two months ago and the Detroit News is raising their collective eyebrows over a proposed $7 million technology upgrade (read: install Microsoft 2007) on the state government’s 57,000 computers. Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Information Technology said, “It’s not a real popular thing, trying to come up with the extra money when we don’t have enough money in state government. But we can’t put state government at risk of not being able to do the business of state government.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting again about local “scofflaws.” Police at Mt. Lebanon have been using Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology since 2001. And now, the city of Pittsburgh announced last week that they’ll be purchasing 48 fixed cameras with ALPR technology downtown with the help of a DHS grant.

That’s all for now – but stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment of CivSource’s Morning New Update.

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