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John Frith

John Frith is a Folsom-based writer and editor with a background in state, local and federal legislative affairs as well as journalism and public relations.

Watch for an RFP this summer as the light rail agency becomes the state’s first to accept credit cards, debit cards and other payment methods for fares.
Planet Technologies and Microsoft were the vendors for the project, which allowed the state agency to make the transition easily. Lucky timing was also a factor.
Cal OES is partnering with RapidDeploy and General Motors’ OnStar subsidiary to provide dispatchers at the state’s 450 public safety answering points with real-time accident information within seconds of an accident occurring.
The Silicon Valley leader successfully brought technology to bear on a 311 system that was underutilized and creating pressure on the city’s 911 system — and longer emergency response times.
Since the pandemic took hold, a Silicon Valley County, its school districts and a technology provider have used data to better understand where broadband is needed and focus their deployment.
Some California government agencies have found that cloud technology has vastly reduced the turnaround time on procurement. In this instance, the vendor, ProcureNow, started with an RFP-writing tool but found it had to expand its offerings to be competitive.
“The analytics are telling us we’re getting more traffic, and we’re using it as a site to point more students to,” said Paul Feist of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. “And we’re really grateful it was finished before COVID took hold. I don’t think the old site could have handled all the material we’re using it for.”
An $80 million plan intended to serve as the foundation of efforts to map the entire state of California with lidar technology fell victim to the state budget crisis earlier this year, but the idea is still alive. The new California Water Data Consortium and the state Department of Conservation are spearheading the effort.
The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation's new Market Monitoring, Consumer Research, Insights and Analytics Office – itself part of a new Division -- will probably account for most purchases of IT products and services, as the function will be built from scratch.
Ellen Ishimoto, the state's acting chief technology officer, said the remote-work convention, forced by COVID-19, has been a success for the state and is changing norms. It'll also save money, she said.
The Folsom Police Department is the first agency in the state to adopt the technology. Yolo County has also signed on, but the pandemic has stalled talks with several other Northern California jurisdictions.
Privacy advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are worried that even anonymized trip data can in some cases be linked to an individual, and that information can reveal sensitive data.
Vitals Aware Services, which contracts with the Folsom Police Department and more than 70 other public safety agencies and school districts in five states, is announcing a new partnership Wednesday with other law enforcement agencies and schools in the Sacramento area,
The California utility is planning a major step beyond the work it has already done by launching what it’s calling Fire Safe 3.0, which will include the use of artificial intelligence, satellite data and a completely rebuilt weather station network.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is moving forward and expanding another of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet projects — a California satellite to track methane emissions, in response to the Trump Administration’s skepticism on climate change. Newsom's administration is looking at ways to gather information beyond methane emissions — and to potentially pay for additional units.
Less than a year after unveiling its digital license plates in California, Foster City-based Reviver Auto is excited that new Gov. Gavin Newsom is working to streamline public-private partnerships to make tech more efficient.
Some IT executives in both the public and private sectors say the fears of a "Silver Tsunami" of baby boomer retirements is somewhat overblown and that the state has already begun taking steps for what to do when legacy coders hang up their keyboards.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced last month that California would boldly go where no state has gone before and launch its “own damn satellite” to monitor greenhouse gases, in particular methane. But what's that mean for the California IT industry? For state IT governance?