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Shourjya Mookerjee

Shourjya Mookerjee is an associate editor for GCN. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and has written for Vox Media, Fandom and a number of capital-area news outlets. He can be reached at smookerjee@govexec.com – or you can find him ranting about sports, cinematography and the importance of local journalism on Twitter @byShourjya.
Infrastructure

Signals Along 'Smart Spines' Optimize Traffic Flow

With artificial intelligence-powered adaptive signaling technology at nearly 150 city intersections, Pittsburgh plans to improve traffic flow and reduce idling times for buses.

Tech & Data

EV Infrastructure Vulnerabilities Put Cars, the Grid at Risk

Hackers that target electric vehicle infrastructure can lock drivers out of their vehicles, steal payment information and even compromise electrical grids.

Tech & Data

EV Charging Station Map Highlights Disparities

Today’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure is concentrated along the coasts and in major cities.

Tech & Data

Smart Pavement Powering EV Charging, In-road Traffic Sensors

With the installation of smart pavement at five downtown intersections, a Kansas town is driving smart infrastructure adoption.

Tech & Data

Practice Makes Perfect When It Comes To Recovering From a Cyberattack

And it’s not if an agency gets attacked, it’s when, according to one state official.

Public Safety

City Turns to Traffic Safety Technology to Curb Pedestrian Accidents

Officials say two new tools will make the streets of Bellevue, Washington, safer by increasing the time pedestrians have at crosswalks and better identifying multimodal traffic at intersections.

Infrastructure

Wastewater Testing Programs Need Better Coordination, Data Standards

Wastewater surveillance systems are helping communities predict Covid-19 outbreaks, but lack of national coordination and standardized pose challenges to wider adoption, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Tech & Data

Pre-Covid Modernization Streamlined This State's DMV Services

North Carolina easily pivoted to online driver’s permit applications, virtual queueing and automated license and tag renewals, a state government official says.

Tech & Data

How Open Bus Data Makes Transit Schedules More Reliable

Researchers used location and speed data from two Seattle-area transit networks to create a dashboard that shows the average bus speed between stops, allowing officials to pinpoint slowdowns.

Public Safety

Police Look To Doorbell Cameras To Reduce Crime

Through a community network of home doorbell cameras, officials in one Illinois county hope to get faster notification of suspicious activity and improve criminal investigations.

Tech & Data

States Must Expand Data Sources for Strategic Flood Resilience

Failure to incorporate forward-looking climate data and demographic trends will limit states’ ability to develop effective flood mitigation plans, new research finds.

Tech & Data

How States Can Streamline Broadband Grant Administration

A new playbook aims to help states understand their broadband needs, determine which projects deserve priority and design and run a successful grant program.

Tech & Data

Mayor Snagged in WhatsApp Debate

Use of the encrypted messaging app by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration rekindles discussion over apps that allow officials to skirt the spirit, if not the letter, of open records laws.

Public Safety

The Coastal Cities Expecting the Greatest Sea-level Rise

A new government report describes the vulnerabilities coastline communities are facing from climate change and the effects of rising ocean waters.

Tech & Data

Report: Broadband Expansion Depends on Reliable Data

A new report highlights the importance of baseline data with case studies of cities and states bridging the digital divide.

Tech & Data

Michigan Moves Ahead With Electric Vehicle Charging Road Project

The inductive charging technology, which will power electric vehicles as they drive over it, will be installed under a one-mile stretch of road in Detroit.

Tech & Data

New Orleans Leans Into Data to Reduce Over Incarceration

A $474K grant will provide the city with data and analytic assistance to address racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal legal system.

Public Safety

A New Regional, Data-driven Approach to Tracing Illegal Guns

New York plans to improve data analysis and information sharing with neighboring states, federal agencies and local law enforcement partners and beef up its analytical capabilities.

Health & Human Services

Mobile Apps Help Communities Produce More Accurate Homeless Counts

The Kansas City area and Houston are using mobile apps for their annual point-in-time homelessness counts and to manage the data.

Tech & Data

Can AI-powered Congestion Pricing Improve Transportation Equity?

New research suggests big data and machine learning can create an equitable approach to tolling and improve traffic congestion.