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A state-issued Chevrolet Tahoe tows a portable generator up an icy stretch of dirt road in western Kentucky during the January ice storm.  (Photo:  Bruce Miller). 

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Despite obstacles, state tech workers persevere
Hard work, long hours for KEWS, GIS staff
By Kevin Kinnaird
The deadly winter ice storm that wreaked havoc across Kentucky in January proved to be a test of wills for more than a dozen network analysts and technicians who oversee the state’s public safety emergency communications network.
Jeff Mitchell, field services division manager of the Kentucky Emergency Warning System, a division of Commonwealth Office of Technology that manages a network that among other things carries voice transmissions for first responders, said the tireless effort and dedication by those workers in the field were nothing short of commendable. Continued

KYGEONET launches new weather mapping site
The Kentucky Geography Network is now offering real-time weather data for public use on its KYGEONET Web site.
Weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is fused with base map information to deliver a rich user experience via an intuitive interface, according to Kent Anness, geographic information systems manager with the Commonwealth Office of Technology's Division of Geographic Information.

State health department first to host national public health and safety satellite network channels
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has announced that it will serve as the first host of three national satellite radio network channels dedicated to communications among state and local public health agencies, hospital and healthcare organizations, and emergency medical service agencies in Kentucky and across the nation.  

Kentucky positioned to be a national leader in e-Health
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo have announced that Kentucky is moving forward with the creation of a statewide health information exchange – an initiative that will position the commonwealth as a national leader in e-health.

Coca-Cola Enterprises to locate new IT development center in Louisville
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear and Economic Development Cabinet Interim Sec. Larry Hayes, in partnership with Mayor Jerry Abramson and the city of Louisville, announced recently that Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE) will locate its new Information Technology (IT) Development Center in Louisville.

New eScrap recycling service launches
Commonwealth Office of Technology would like to announce that its new eScrap recycling service is under way.

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month


Question:  How many broadcast towers are in the Kentucky Emergency Warning System network?

Answer:  The KEWS network consists of 140 broadcast towers strategically placed throughout the commonwealth. Those towers carry data, video, and voice traffic for a large number of agencies including the National Weather Service, Kentucky Educational Television, state police, military affairs and emergency management.

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

How many broadcast towers are in the Kentucky Emergency Warning System network? 

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