The police department in West Valley, Utah, has launched a new public safety alert system that uses texts, emails and voicemails to inform residents of emergency situations. The CodeRed system will cost $40,000 for three years and is funded by a grant from the federal Justice Department.
The Dutch city of Utrecht has launched a system designed to reduce the number of times cyclists are forced to stop at traffic lights. The system uses sensors to determine cyclists' speed and then directs them to slow down, speed up, or maintain their pace to hit a green light at the next intersection.
Honolulu has named Joshua Stanbro its first chief resilience officer. Stanbro's mandate is to help the city deal with climate change, natural disasters and other stresses.
San Diego is redeveloping a portion of Mission Bay Park, and up for debate is how much acreage should become marshland as a buffer against future losses. "Some of whatever we restore today and what already exists today will be lost to sea level rise," said Rebecca Schwartz Lesberg of the Audubon Society's San Diego chapter.
Climate change is causing plant and animal species to move to other environments, and that's having an effect on people, according to a study. "Where the change will end up isn’t easy to predict; as the species within an ecosystem shift in space and time, they're not all shifting at the same pace, and they're not all responding to the same signals," Craig Welch writes.
Residents of Northern Liberties, Pa., have come together to transform a historically certified cart way into a public green space. Residents expressed concern about overdevelopment and noted that the area is already home to many animals.
The Montgomery County Council in Maryland is assessing public safety costs for the next fiscal year, including the cost of archiving body camera footage, which could amount to more than $500,000. "It comes with a hefty price tag, but it's certainly worth it when it comes to making sure that we've got even more information available to the greater public," said council member Craig Rice.
Core Network Dynamics CEO Carsten Brinkschulte suggests that centralized core networks will become more decentralized in the next five to 10 years, driven in part by the needs of public safety applications. With distributed core networks, "you would plant small base stations into police cars, for example, and when the police car drives into a remote area it basically brings the coverage with it on demand," he said.
Auburn, Maine, City Manager Peter Crichton released a proposed budget this week that includes property tax increases that would help fund education, as well as health insurance, social services and raises for city workers. City Councilor James Pross called the budget responsible, noting that the city is losing some state funding.
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