Answer: No, but scientists are now able to digitally re-create the sounds of their voices.
Answer: Because it didn’t upgrade from Windows 7 in time.
Steven Harpe, formerly the deputy director of Oklahoma's Office of Management and Enterprise Services, has been named OMES director. He replaces John Budd, who will continue serving as state COO.
Henderson, Nev., renamed and filled its CIO role after a seven-month-long vacancy. Alyssa Rodriguez started as the city's director of IT Tuesday, bringing experience in enterprise applications and smart city efforts.
Oracle has been taking a new tack in its public sector business in recent years, tapping local government leaders and launching new products. Now it has picked up veteran city CIOs Jeff Stovall and Dennis John.
Answer: Walking a full marathon.
Answer: As part of an equipment safety test.
Answer: In Windows 10.
Three winners will get access to Coord’s software, apps and APIs, and collaboration from the company’s experts, to deliver a project by the end of the year to make local streets and sidewalks safer or more efficient.
Answer: They'll be able to talk.
Answer: Yes, and it wants to show you, just in case you didn’t already know where you’ve been.
Answer: Not yet, but it’s a feature that may be coming soon.
Chief Information Officer Hugh Miller's last day with the Information and Technology department will be Jan. 10. Officials say they plan to mount a national search for his replacement.
Answer: $1.42 billion.
The private equity deal will make Springbrook Software, which sells financially focused software to government, an independent company again for the first time since it was acquired by Accela in 2015.
Answer: 15 million.
Answer: New York City.
Gail Roper, who has served as director of National Initiatives for Smart Cities at the Knight Foundation in Miami, will return to the public sector.
Answer: A flying Roomba vacuum.
Indiana CDO Darshan Shah left civil service for a position at a not-for-profit supporting the life sciences. Management Performance Hub Chief of Staff Josh Martin will serve as the interim state CDO.
Answer: Because its internal clock is off.
The Indiana Office of Technology's Chief Administrative Officer Robert Paglia has assumed the duties of the state CIO until the agency hires a replacement for Dewand Neely, who left civil service at the end of November.
Answer: An electric eel.
Answer: Virtual buttons.
Answer: 24 hours.
Answer: All the fires in the world in 2019.
The North Carolina startup wants to create an interconnected software ecosystem in which citizens can automatically find and pay for parking spaces through a variety of apps, and cities can more quickly change fees and curb rules.
Answer: From the unique sound it makes.
Washington CIO Jim Weaver has chosen Ruckle, the privacy officer and information governance administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services. She starts in the new role Jan. 1.
Answer: A fully electric commercial aircraft.
States have made progress with budget portals that allow citizens to see how tax dollars are spent, but a new report shows they remain lacking in online transparency about economic development subsidies.
The association's annual survey of state IT leadership shows a jump in digital services as a priority compared with the 2019 results, as well as rising interest in AI and robotic process automation.
Answer: A helmet.
KentuckyWired, a state-owned broadband network, started providing service to its first state customer last week. The network is expected to provide high-speed Internet to all state offices and institutions by late 2020.
The new group, created through executive order, will focus on opportunities to advance education surrounding cybersecurity issues and careers, building on previous efforts to beef up the state's defenses.
Answer: Because it's smart.
Ruth Day, a certified public accountant with a private-sector background, has been tapped to step in for Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle, who was appointed by then-Gov. Matt Bevin in December 2017.
Answer: No, but scientists can now use their cellphones to make calls to the frogs' ponds.
The startup's expansion follows similar moves from open data companies serving state and local government in recent years. ClearGov, however, brings a unique approach and business model to the industry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its first round of rural broadband funding awards as part of its ReConnect Pilot Program. Alabama got a huge slice of that pie to fund four major efforts.
Answer: More than 1 million.
Drew Dilly is the newest member of CIO Gordon Knopp's IT leadership team, serving as the state's first chief data officer. Dilly will evaluate legacy systems to find opportunities for resource sharing and consolidation.
Our annual review of the country’s cities leading the way in tech, the Digital Cities Survey tallies best practices underway in cybersecurity, citizen engagement and analytics. Here are this year’s top-level numbers.
Deputy State CIO Heath Beach will step down Dec. 6 to pursue technology consulting in the private sector, after guiding the newly formed Division of State Technologies and how the agency will serve the state.
Answer: It can climb ladders.
Whether their title includes information, data, security or otherwise, Government Technology followed changes to the job titles of IT leaders at the state, county and local levels throughout 2019.
After serving as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary for technology and innovation since May 2019, Jeremy M. Goldberg will be taking over as the state's acting CIO from Joseph Rabito.
Answer: It’s still not entirely clear.
The Heflin, Ala., City Council voted unanimously to buy new computers for the police department during a recent meeting, with the current computers soon to be obsolete once Microsoft discontinues support for Windows 7.
Delta Air Lines, the second-largest carrier at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, is implementing facial recognition that will be used with international travelers at its gates by the end of this year.
The final handful of companies to close out Verizon and Responder Corp.'s startup accelerator’s first year will work on artificial intelligence-driven tools for surveillance and geo-intelligence.
One of seven grant-funded Portsmouth Police Department drones, now available regionally for public safety, can take infrared photos from 200 feet in the air showing the locations of people inside a building below.
The state Department of Public Safety and RTI International have received a grant to test out the Pokket app and measure its effects on people re-entering society from five incarceration institutions.
Answer: We’re still not sure.
Answer: Office supplies.
Gov. Kay Ivey has tapped Marty Redden as the state’s secretary of the Office of Information Technology, effective immediately. He took on the acting CIO role in July, after the departure of Jim Purcell.
Answer: Vehicle charging.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed Andrell Bower as the city's new chief data officer, a position that has remained vacant since July. Bower is charged with evaluating new tech to streamline government processes.
Verizon Wireless is the second cellular carrier to offer publicly available 5G mobile service in Houston, though its Ultra Wideband product initially is limited to a handful of locations around the city.
Answer: By taking a helmet selfie.
The new position, which will operate out of Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, will lead the development of guidelines and best practices surrounding the use of algorithm-based tools by city agencies.
Portland delayed taking action Monday on a proposal to prohibit city employees from using facial recognition technology. Proponents of the ban say the technology often misidentifies women, people of color and children.
Answer: Life-size AirPod stickers.
New technologies, including electronic warrants and remote first court appearances during holidays and weekends, have eliminated a sizable chunk of paperwork for the judges in St. Johns County, Fla.
Two New Jersey companies, Spatial Data Logic and GovSites, are merging into one, following a recent trend of consolidation among businesses that build websites for state and local governments.
Answer: By publicly shaming them for being slow.
California regulators have issued a $10,000 fine to GoGoGrandparent, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a toll-free number that people nationwide can use to request Uber and Lyft rides.
A municipal Internet service run by the city could increase bandwidth tenfold and drop prices to consumers by about 30 percent, according to the CEO of a company seeking to bring the service to Quincy, Mass.
Answer: $183 per person, on average.
The winners of this year’s Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government are those making smart investments in technologies from infrastructure and citizen engagement to data storage and cybersecurity.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a $20 million award for Lake Nona to develop a driverless bus system, one of many Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants nationwide.
Ping Identity, ID DataWeb and ProofID worked with the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology to create a back end for the myColorado app, which aims to modernize state IDs and improve residents' security.
Answer: All but impossible.
A newly completed drone testing corridor between Syracuse International Airport and Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., is seeing additional state investment in a facility that will allow for indoor testing.
The sixth acquisition in two years by the private equity-backed Granicus will add the ability to monitor short-term rental properties to govService, a citizen engagement platform launched last month.
Answer: It appears so.
The network, which has been in the formation stages for some time now, aims to connect data leadership within various state governments, helping to facilitate cooperation such as sharing best practices.
A 30-day Twitter mapping challenge is inspiring data professionals worldwide to showcase publicly available data sets. Syracuse CDO Sam Edelstein participated by using his city's open data portal during his off-duty hours.
Answer: Yes! AI can.
Krista Canellakis had been with the city for nearly seven years, starting out as a Mayor’s Innovation Fellow back in 2013 and rising to the position of chief innovation officer in February of 2018.
Answer: To help you make the perfect cocktail at home.
The famous journalism and arts organization has committed itself to informing the public debate on Internet governance, with a hope that new research will lead to nationwide policy changes.
As public safety agencies work to contain and stop all of the fires that have struck California, various online and physical resources play a significant role in helping victims recover from and cope with their losses.
North Dakota's CISO, Sean Wiese, has been tapped to lead the new Cyber Operations Center initiative, vacating the position for Kevin Ford, a private-sector cybersecurity expert who will assume the role Nov. 20.
Answer: Blind spots created by the pillars surrounding the windshield.
Staffers in that office, which was created three years ago, will be transitioned to the Office of Information and Technology or the Office of Chief Administrative Officer at the end of the year.
Answer: With a photo of the fingerprint.
Courthouse Technologies is headquartered in Canada, but seems to have a bigger footprint in the U.S. It joins a Tyler Technologies suite of court software that already includes jury management.
Tech Data, which distributes technology on five continents and trades on Nasdaq, is in the process of purchasing the tech reseller DLT, which sells to the public sector and is nearly 30 years old.
Answer: A selfie that is displayed in space.
The company is going to bring automated license plate recognition to its in-car dash cameras. But first, its independent oversight board issued recommendations for the technology to address ethical concerns.
Answer: So it could carry all your stuff for you.
Answer: No, but Congress wants them to.
Answer: Because it thought America wouldn't want it.
Answer: Selena Gomez.
The elite cyberbattalion, announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday, will be in charge of national cyberwarfare and cybersecurity operations. It is the fifth such battalion of its kind.
Answer: Yes, if they’re wearing this new case.
Formerly a deputy CTO and treasury department employee, the state’s new COO Roger Gibson will take over for Parikh, who was hired in July 2018, under the direction of CTO and department head Christopher Rein.
Answer: Yes, but only on one with an OLED screen.
The company has been expanding in recent years. Its most recent move, which is based on the technology of a U.K. acquisition, puts it in a particularly competitive segment of the gov tech market.
Answer: Not anymore, but it did until just recently.
Answer: An electronic rosary designed for praying in the digital age.
CivicPlus, already well established in gov tech, has several other services, including meeting agenda management, 311 tools and website content systems, that can integrate into mobile apps for the public sector.
The company previously offered data about bike and pedestrian travel patterns as part of a larger package. Now users can access only that information, as well as collisions, demographics and "inferred trip purpose."
Gov. Jared Polis announced the formation of the Colorado Digital Service, a new team within the Office of Information Technology that will recruit outside IT to work alongside state staff to optimize services.
Answer: With free charging.
City Innovate published more than 50 challenges from state and local governments across the country. Tech companies will now have the opportunity to propose solutions for the governments to try out.
Answer: A new hashtag from the organizers of #MeToo.
Answer: It's an alternative fuel you get from shredding and heating plastic to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cityworks, which serves utilities and local governments, has been doing business independently since the late 1990s, but it is now joining the publicly traded multinational software company Trimble.
Answer: Your pet!
Answer: Technically yes, but you should not try it at home.
Answer: 70 percent.
CentralSquare and Genetec are integrating their public safety software together in the latest of a long string of gov tech company partnerships this year. This move is meant to improve awareness of emergency responders.
Answer: Eye diseases.
With major partners like Apple, Google and Microsoft already in its corner and more than $90 million in total fundraising, the New York-based startup is poised to continue expanding its footprint in the U.S. and abroad.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law an exemption from sales tax for data center investors who build a $250 million facility in the state. The legislation's effectiveness will be measured with an annual report.
Answer: To tell people to get offline.
The company, which is one of the largest website-builders for local government in the U.S., is partnering with the Canadian startup Civil Space to work more resident feedback into its platform.
The hacking group known as Phosphorus, active since 2013, has been involved in myriad attempted cyberattacks against American officials and organizations, including at least one campaign in the race for the U.S. presidency.
Answer: Dead phone batteries.
With millions in new investments and two new board members, the Israeli company’s cloud-based AI platform is preparing to expand across North America and further develop its traffic-safety platform.
The e-bidding platform and online marketplace says it now includes about 78,000 small and minority-owned businesses in the United States competing for $3.4 billion in annual contract value.
WaTech CIO Jim Weaver announced that South Carolina's deputy CISO Vinod Brahmapuram will be the IT agency's new state CISO. He comes with experience in cybersecurity as well as risk management and regulatory compliance.
Answer: It wasn’t Apple, even though it sure looks like it.
Answer: The ability to just make it come to you.
Agiloft and Periscope Holdings hope that procuring new contracts and managing them will be more simple and efficient for government and other customers with their software tools combined.
Answer: With the help of this new smartphone case.
Answer: She will be able to soon.
Answer: By using it to catch drivers on their cellphones.
Answer: So that it can put shingles on your roof for you.
The company is slicing its data, which it gathers through GPS devices, in more ways. Now transportation officials can ask for the average number of vehicles on a stretch of road in an hour and in a day.
The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University announced on Monday that Connecticut's former chief data officer, Tyler Kleykamp, has joined the innovation hub's Data + Digital team as a fellow.
Answer: No, but it might be a good idea.
Answer: This new website that’s specifically designed for it.
State CISO Ronald Buchanan stepped down to guide cybersecurity efforts for Oregon-based St. Charles Health System. IT Manager of Security Policy Scott Bream will fill the role until a new CISO arrives in October.
120WaterAudit provides water testing, as well as software for finding lead pipes and managing compliance programs. Launched in 2016, the company operates in 12 states and has now pulled in a Series A investment round.
Voyage has a fleet of self-driving taxis in The Villages, Fla., a fast-growing community of senior citizens. It plans on using new investment money to expand its fleet and introduce a third-generation vehicle.
The new software company will remain a partner of Sidewalk Labs, using de-identified mobility data to build predictive models for where and why people get around in cities in an effort to better inform land use.
The cloud hosting service now has the official nod of approval from the federal government, having passed through a program that uses high standards for cybersecurity. It joins several other cloud hosts in FedRAMP.
Answer: Better Wi-Fi.
Answer: Google Earth.
Answer: For inspections.
CivicPlus, which makes websites and other communications tools for government, is running the promotion specifically for the smallest water and sewer districts around. The giveaway includes 18 months of hosting.
Phil Bertolini, former deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County, Mich., will come on board as co-executive director of the Center for Digital Government, the research and business intelligence arm of e.Republic.
Answer: A few minutes.
Shortly after partnering with a budget simulation company, Bang the Table is now integrating its resident engagement, feedback and analysis tools with the public communications platform offered by Granicus.
Answer: Google can tell you.
With a growing assortment of newly acquired public safety tools in its product lineup, Motorola Solutions is continuing its financial and managerial relationship with the global tech investor.