A Startup Documented a Sharp Drop in Calls for 911 "Frequent Fliers" — Just by Sharing Information The presence of "high utilizers" in the ecosystem of services that runs from police to hospitals to homeless shelters is well documented and widespread. It costs local government a lot of time and money, and leads to a cycle of incarceration for people with mental health problems. The startup RideAlong has found, working with its early customers, that sharing information about those people can be a big help.
Responder Ventures, AWS Partner to Connect Emergency Responders to Tech
The venture capital firm, focused on emergency responders, is launching the program to give entrepreneurs resources to grow, visibility to find potential clients and credibility to get a foot in the door. And its first corporate partner for the project, called ResponderXLabs, is none other than
Amazon Web Services.
StreetLight Data Raises $10M Series C
The startup, which provides transportation data and analytics, is planning to invest in
visualization, function automation and international expansion.
Amid Mounting Skepticism, West Virginia Extends Blockchain Voting Test
In May, the state became the first to try out the mobile, blockchain-based platform Voatz for deployed military and overseas voters. Now, as more people criticize the idea of Internet-based voting, the state is planning to try the system for the same group of voters in the November elections
Tampa Takes Waycare's Traffic Data AI for a Spin
The city is an early pilot-tester for Waycare, which is using multiple transportation data streams to provide real-time situational awareness of urban traffic, including predicting congestion and accidents
What if Emergency Dispatch Had Your Location and Medical History?
A free smartphone app is working with a 911 call center in the St. Louis area to help dispatch direct emergency responders to the right location, saving valuable time
, and also to give them access to details such as medical history.
Company Gives Naperville, Ill., Free Wi-Fi in Exchange for Running Ads
The city's park district was looking at a big bill to install Wi-Fi, so it worked out an alternative: Let a vendor sell ads on the login page if they set up the network
Stanford Undergrads Create Legislator Feedback Platform
The students' company, Pulse, seeks to verify voters and help legislators better understand the feedback
those constituents are sending their way.
A Bunch of States Encrypted Web Pages Ahead of Google Chrome's Deadline The most popular Web browser is now warning people that non-HTTPS pages are "not secure." In the months leading up to the deadline, several states encrypted their front pages, along with some of the most populous cities. Here's a list of who's encrypted and who hasn't.
GovTech company on our radar this week:
: Cloud-based software for remotely operating drones and managing their data. Cape is working with the San Diego Fire Department on the project it's undertaking for the Federal Aviation Administration's Integration Pilot Program.
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is now working to integrate RapidSOS
' 911 call location-tracking technology
into its own technology so that it can provide emergency responders with the information in their computer-aided dispatch
has announced the
first six cities
it is working with to build and deploy its "Streets" transportation planning tool
has launched its parking app
in Richmond, Va.
, and Morton, Pa.
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