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Enhancing the Tablet Experience in Federal Government

Tablets have become a key component of operational reform at the federal level, enabling increased productivity for field workers, reduced facilities costs and greater flexibility in service delivery, among other benefits. However, there is even more untapped potential when it comes to adopting tablets in the federal space. Tablets are highly functional and versatile devices by themselves, but outfitting a tablet with an appropriate peripheral device, like a keyboard, can improve its performance significantly. This Center for Digital Government issue brief describes how peripheral keyboards can bring added functionality to tablet operations at minimal extra cost, helping federal government users operate more efficiently and productively than ever before.

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Dirty Jobs in Government: Pest Mitigation

On the hot and humid Florida Keys, aerial spraying plays a vital role in controlling the mosquito population. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District uses advanced computer modeling and sophisticated technology to attack breeding grounds for these airborne pests.

District activities are divided into two functions: spraying for existing mosquitoes, and spotting and eliminating larva sites in the water.

Both tasks rely on helicopter flights and a sophisticated spray management system that guides the pilot to the right areas and records the concentration of pesticide being released.

Flight and spray patterns are determined at the district office and saved onto a memory card, which is uploaded to the helicopter’s onboard system. For larva sites, inspectors note locations by hand, and that data is placed on digital maps.

While in flight, an automated system consisting of two GPS antennae and a wind measurement probe records data and monitors the wind speed and aircraft direction. Spraying goes on and off automatically to ensure the cloud drifts over the appropriate area.

“The pilot just has to go to the spray area, activate the unit, and it’ll set up the first line,” said Stephen Bradshaw, the district’s aerial operations supervisor. “It’ll show the pilot where to go so the product will drift across the spray area and be more effective.”

The district also plans to upgrade its land-based technology. Instead of having inspectors report larva site findings manually, the agency is seeking a tablet or smartphone system to enter the information digitally. This way, data is directly entered on the map pilots will use to direct their spraying.  

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Join the Government Technology HIX TweetChat on Jan. 10

On Thursday Jan. 10, 2013, at 1:00 PM ET, follow #GTonHIX to participate in our TweetChat: Innovation in Focus – States & Health Insurance Exchanges.

Government Technology Staff Writer Sarah Rich (@SarahRichforGT) will host this TweetChat with industry experts about the role Health Insurance Exchanges (HIXs) will play in helping states enhance their delivery of services to citizens.  Chat participants will include: 

John Sweeney (@JJS_HIX), IBM’s Senior Product Manager for the Curam solution 

Dan Schuyler (@LeavittPartners), Director for Leavitt Partners’ HIX practice 

The chat will address the following questions. 

What are the benefits for both states and their citizens in building these exchanges?Are there any lessons learned from states that have implemented or are in the process of implementing an exchange? What are the technical challenges the states face in implementing HIXs? How different will the HIXs be across states? How can states maximize the cost benefits of implementing these HIXs? What are some of the innovative approaches to these exchanges?

We hope to see you there!

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