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GCN : October 2013
20 GCN OCTOBER 2013 • GCN.COM International Space Apps Challenge NASA In an April event spanning 83 cities and 48 countries over a two-day period, NASA staged the largest hackathon in history and the first to focus on the needs of government. The global innovation pot-luck drew 9,147 people -- 2,200 in virtual settings -- who tackled 58 application challenges and produced 770 proposals. The space agency said many of the submitted solutions, "had direct tangible benefits" to existing NASA programs, includ- ing 40 apps for NASA s Asteroid program and 37 for its Spot the International Space Station challenge. Participants designed mini-satellites (CubeSats) for NASA s Mars mission, data visualizations for the national air tra c control system and the "first interplanetary weather app," using Mars science data. Other highlights included an underwater planetary rover using lights, thrusters and video cams and a proposal to steer the craft using Skype and a keyboard. Incredibly, NASA said a team of only four people envisioned, planned and implemented the project in six months, earn- ing NASA a return on investment estimated at more than $15 million. Digital Vehicular Video System City of Austin, Texas, Police Department, Communication and Technology Management O ce Austin s police department installed a digital video recording system in its police car fleet that gives o cers total confidence that their interactions with the public will be recorded. In replacing a nine-year-old VHS tape system that had to be manually activated, the Austin PD put in place a system "that goes beyond state-of-the-art," according to the depart- ment. Activated by a door-trigger, the system starts recording without o cer intervention but still allows o cers to enter case numbers and other supplementary notes. It can trans- mit up to 4 terabytes of video every 24 hours via a high-throughput IEEE 802.11n outdoor wireless network to a centralized data pro- cessing and storage center. A new storage managmenet device also helps the department meet record reten- tion requirements without needing to add additional physcial storage, which Austin esti- mates will save the city $3 million in storage costs over five years. 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Network Ship-to-Ship Communications Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) With no commercial cellular networks to link to on the high seas, the Navy tried to create one of its own, setting up a sea trial in which the USS Kearsarge and the USS San Antonio were equipped with a microwave- based wireless wide-area network (WWAN) to augment existing satellite-based commu- nications. Each ship had its own cell network providing a tactical area of 4G LTE communi- cations --- and air platform coverage capable of expanding the tactical area of coverage. The LTE network lets personnel on the ships receive real-time video streaming from air nodes mounted on a helicopter. LTE allows the NAVY to leverage all of the advantages of smart phones and commercial broadband, said Larry Hollingsworth, NAVAIR s national director for avionics R&D. "NAVAIR is trying to address a critical requirement for the VBSS [visit, board, search and seizure] mission, but in addition the sailors are already finding the network useful in their day-to-day work." How's My Waterway Environmental Protection Agency Are streams in my community polluted? Can the pollution harm me or my pets? Does it harm the environment? The answers to such questions have been publicly available in EPA databases for years. But "publicly available" doesn t always mean accessible, until lately. "How s My Waterway" is a platform-indepen- dent mobile website and app that helps users find information --- in plain English --- on the condition of their local waters and remedia- tion e orts, using a smart phone, tablet or desktop PC. In less than a year and within a modest budget, a project team worked together to create the program: Now users can rapidly view localized information about waterways in map and list format by simply entering a ZIP code or place name. How s My Waterway became a highlight of the Clean 10 more award-winning projects GCNAWARDS BY PAUL MCCLOSKEY Fifteen public-sector IT projects were named winners of the 2013 GCN Awards for IT achievement. Five of those projects are featured in the preceding pages, and the others will be featured in upcoming issues of GCN, For now, we ll o er brief descriptions of the other winning projects.