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Andrew Westrope

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Andrew Westrope is a staff writer for Government Technology. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at community newspapers for seven years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and lives in Northern California.

January 12, 2021

Startup, Nonprofit Team Up on Hybrid Public Meeting Software

A new tool for hosting public meetings is the result of an integration between the nonprofit Open.Media and the public engagement platform People Speak, itself a product of a private-public partnership.

January 6, 2021

Ixlayer Builds Software for “Last Mile” Vaccine Distribution

A health and diagnostic testing company has repurposed its software to help state and local agencies coordinate with health-care providers manage health screenings, vaccinations and follow-ups.

January 5, 2021

Passed Omnibus Spending Bill Supports .Gov Web Domains

Applauded by IT and cybersecurity officials, new legislation shifts responsibility for .gov domains from GSA to CISA and mandates outreach and support services for governments to make the transition.

January 5, 2021

Essential: The 2021 GovTech 100

In a year that asked more of government than ever before, the growing and dynamic market of companies working to serve the public sector were partners in innovation, and grew their businesses in the process.

December 16, 2020

How the Pandemic Forced One City to Fix Accounts Payable

While having to close its offices and work remotely, a small city in Utah has cut its time for invoice processing in half using software from Stampli that automates and guides users through approval steps.

December 10, 2020

New Tool Helps Government Hold Unclaimed Cryptocurrency

In answer to the growing popularity of unregulated, virtual forms of currency, Avenu Insights & Analytics has added them to its software for state governments to manage unclaimed properties.

December 3, 2020

Gov Tech Accelerator NS2 Labs Slows Down During COVID-19

While much of its clientele is in the national defense space, the SAP NS2-backed collaborative is hoping to make progress on other government problems such as cloud management and supply chain security in 2021.

December 1, 2020

In 2020, a Reckoning for Law Enforcement and Tech Ethics

From worldwide protests to policy moves from technology giants like IBM and Amazon, the past year saw police use of tools like facial recognition and body cams come under scrutiny like never before.

November 25, 2020

Company Six Unveils ‘Throwable’ Robot for First Responders

The Boulder, Colo.-based company’s first product since launching in May is a portable, smartphone-controlled reconnaissance robot to give first responders enhanced situational awareness in dangerous conditions.

November 20, 2020

RoadBotics Now Offers Road Condition Scores Every 10 Feet

Adding a more detailed assessment of damage and repairs on roadways to its software, the Pittsburgh-based startup aims to help governments expedite planning and maintenance during a budget-strapped time.

November 18, 2020

MobilePD Transforms into Atlas One, Expands Beyond Police

The company that used to make branded, customized apps for individual police departments has spun its work with North Carolina's largest city into a one-size-fits-all app for more than just public safety.

November 13, 2020

Symbium Tool to Plan ADUs Available Anywhere in California

Previously programmed with state and local regulations in nine cities, a free online application to guide homeowners through building ADUs on their property now includes 12.6 million parcels.

November 3, 2020

Accela's New Offerings Handle Licensing, 311, Visualization

The licensing and permitting company from California has new applications to help governments process occupational licenses and service requests, as well as new data visualization and mobile tools.

October 29, 2020

Cisco to Release a Version of Webex for State Legislatures

Cisco consulted legislatures domestic and abroad to design a videoconferencing tool that would help them weather the pandemic, and beyond that, allow representatives to vote remotely while traveling.

October 26, 2020

Qualtrics Emphasizes Engagement to Administer COVID Vaccine

Another company has announced a vaccine management solution, this one especially focused on convincing people to take the vaccine by monitoring and addressing the obstacles of public opinion.

October 22, 2020

MIT Conference Weighs How to Make Tech More Equitable

The last half-century or so has seen incredible but inequitable innovation in both private and public sectors, so it's on the next generation of innovators to make sure everyone has a seat at the table from the start.

October 20, 2020

Accenture Announces Vaccine Management Tech for Government

Partially built on the Salesforce platform, Accenture is offering a new set of tools and consulting services for health departments and other agencies to meet unprecedented demand for a vaccine.

October 12, 2020

New Tool Aims to Help Government Fight COVID Misinformation

The Washington, D.C.-based company AlphaVu recently filed for patent protection for two algorithms: one dedicated to assessing public sentiment on COVID-related issues, the other for finding misinformation.

October 8, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Data Needs, Tableau Pushes Into Public Sector

In a virtual iteration of its annual conference, the Seattle-based data visualization company enlisted public-sector employees to discuss the growing need for clear, transparent data in government.

October 5, 2020

Kofile Acquires SeamlessDocs to Digitize Government Services

With the addition of software and expertise from SeamlessDocs, the Dallas-based company is competing in the digital services market alongside gov tech giants like Accela, Tyler Technologies and Oracle.

September 30, 2020

Salesforce Announces Permitting Apps, Vaccine Management

The San Francisco-based cloud software company is expanding its platform to include vaccine management, and also making its first foray into the competitive permitting and licensing market.

September 23, 2020

Hexagon Releases AI Tool for Real-Time Emergency Analysis

A new AI-based tool scans incident reports in real time to notify 911 call centers when they’re being inundated with calls about the same emergency, so they can coordinate the most efficient response.

September 22, 2020

Post-Virus Telework: Michigan Considers the Future

In the first virtual iteration of Michigan’s annual IT summit, private and public-sector speakers discussed the snags and opportunities around the inexorable shift toward hybrid and remote work environments.

September 21, 2020

Video Management Helps New Orleans Catch Illegal Dumpers

Genetec’s security platform for monitoring video feeds and flagging specific things on camera, such as motion in particular parts of the image, helped New Orleans crack down on a long-standing criminal issue.

September 16, 2020

Google, OnStar, ADT and Others Integrate With 911 Startup

Cloud-based emergency response platform RapidDeploy has integrated with hardware and software from dozens of other companies, trying to create a shared ecosystem for legacy and cutting-edge tech.

September 15, 2020

Accela, OpenCities Partner on No-Code Digital Services Tool

In the age of COVID-19, two gov tech firms have partnered on a new software product to meet growing demands for digital services that are user-friendly, quick to stand up and easy to maintain.

September 10, 2020

Ubicquia Raises $30M for Smart Streetlights, Expansion

Four months after the acquisition of a competitor, the Florida-based smart streetlight company has raised money to invest in new products and betting on a bright future for 5G and smart city technology.

September 8, 2020

MacArthur Foundation Invests $1.6M in Equitable COVID Tech

A series of grants aims to corral as many perspectives as possible from international and underserved communities so state and local governments can design safe, equitable contact tracing systems.

September 2, 2020

New York Organizes Giant Public-Private Effort to Meet COVID

The first of its kind, the state’s Technology SWAT Partnership completed 40 tech projects in a matter of months with the help of 25,000 hours of labor from private partners at no taxpayer expense.

September 2, 2020

Maryland Stands Up Online Grants Application in Just 8 Hours

With the groundwork for its online permitting portal already in place, when the Maryland Department of Commerce needed to quickly distribute funding for small businesses in the pandemic, IT stepped up to the plate.

August 27, 2020

Axon to Add Police Intervention Scenarios to VR Training

At a virtual conference on Wednesday, the police-tech company promised new products and investment in virtual reality to train officers to deal with difficult people in the field — including each other.

August 25, 2020

Olea Aims for User Community Approach for Water Meter Tech

After realizing that pointing out faulty water meters is only half the battle, Olea Edge Analytics has announced a new product that comes with more training and professional support for workers in the field.

August 19, 2020

Verizon Council Talks Interoperability, 5G in First Town Hall

Seven of the council’s 14 members participated on Tuesday in its first public event, a wide-ranging discussion about how public safety agencies are adapting to new challenges and technologies.

August 19, 2020

Sirius XM, RapidSOS Partner to Send Car Crash Data to 911

Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services, a subsidiary of the radio company, has expanded the range of telematics it can automatically send to first responders via integration with RapidSOS’ data pipeline.

August 14, 2020

Amid Protests, a Moment of Circumspection for Police Tech

As protests shine light on racial inequities in the U.S., tech firms that serve law enforcement are evaluating ways to avoid creating, rather than solving, problems — and at least one has pledged not to support policing.

August 11, 2020

Orlando Improves Citizen Satisfaction with Existing Tools

During the pandemic, the city has stood up services fast and cost effectively in-house, with low-code tools, then tweaked them with customer feedback, as opposed to spending millions and years on consulting.

August 6, 2020

StreetLight Data Raises $15M for Growth, Multimodal Data

The San Francisco-based data company will build out its products and features to accommodate fast-changing transportation dynamics, as cities and DOTs deal with uncertain schedules and funding.

August 4, 2020

Copado Adds Government-Specific DevOps Tools to Salesforce

In order to meet growing demand for government apps, such as those for telework or contact-tracing, Copado has created a new set of tools with scale, compliance, security and other needs in mind.

July 31, 2020

Johnson Controls Partners with EAGL on Gunshot Detection

The security systems retailer has seen a rise in demand for versatile gunshot detection technology at the same time the CARES Act is offering money to local governments for security upgrades.

July 24, 2020

San Jose’s New Innovation Chief Talks Inclusion, Recovery

Jordan Sun brings varied experience in the private and public sectors, from health care and finance to diplomacy and the military, to help the city of San Jose use technology to recover and grow in a way that’s equitable.

July 21, 2020

Platform Crowdfunds Green Projects, Including for Government

Preferring not to wait for sweeping federal action to transition the U.S. to renewable energy, an Obama adviser and Yale scientist have created an investment platform, Raise Green, to fund local projects.

July 16, 2020

N.M., R.I. Officials Talk COVID-19 Tech at Salesforce Summit

Private- and public-sector leaders from around the world extolled the virtues of technology in creating safe, adaptable environments in a digital government summit Thursday organized by Salesforce.

July 13, 2020

New App Uses Smartphone GPS to Stop Erroneous Road Tolls

The software company VeriToll proposes to help transportation departments find faulty equipment by automatically crowdsourcing data from the smartphones of drivers who use toll roads every day.

July 10, 2020

Citibot Announces Chatbot for Local Government Websites

The South Carolina-based chatbot company has incorporated AI and machine learning into a new website assistant for city governments, with a focus on integrating with many CRMs and handling any kind of request.

July 6, 2020

N.D. Loses Reinvention Officer, Adds Customer Success Role

Staff changes at the North Dakota Information Technology Department include a new role focused on citizen satisfaction with the state’s digital services, and the departure of its CDO-like chief reinvention officer.

June 25, 2020

Virginia Creates Website to Match Job Seekers with Openings

In the face of unprecedented unemployment, prior investments in digital operations and a data trust allowed the state, with data analytics company Qlarion, to fast-track a job referral website.

June 24, 2020

Microsoft Summit Addresses AI in a Time of Upheaval

Guests from Microsoft as well as other private- and public-sector speakers advocated for data-driven organization, inclusive development and thoughtful implementation in a variety of contexts.

June 19, 2020

New Mexico Uses Startup to Modernize Foster Care Systems

Since its inception in 2017, California-based software company Binti has been attracting government clients to its SaaS model to replace decades-old custom solutions with a more mobile, automated workflow.

June 18, 2020

Govlaunch, CivStart Partner to Bring New Players to Gov Tech

Govlaunch, the free “innovation wiki” resource for government, has teamed up with the recently formed civic tech startup accelerator CivStart to promote and support new businesses in the gov tech space.

June 17, 2020

Startup Aims to Modernize the Property Tax Exemption Audit

By combining a county’s tax rolls with machine learning and more than 80 different data sources, The Exemption Project creates a ranked list of properties likely to have unqualified or unclaimed homestead exemptions.

June 15, 2020

New Accela App Aims to Digitize Fire Prevention Work

The California-based permitting software giant has released its eighth civic application, designed to help fire departments automate aspects of safety and prevention such as permitting and inspection.

June 10, 2020

RapidSOS Adds $21M to Fundraising Stacks With New Investment

With more than $100 million of investment to date, the New York-based startup that uses IoT devices to share information about 911 callers with first responders has signaled a move toward partnering with hospitals.

June 5, 2020

New AI Tool Lets Government Identify Objects from the Air

The Australian company Nearmap, which also operates in the U.S., has accumulated a catalog of high-resolution aerial images for 90 million parcels, and now it’s applying AI to learn when property owners make changes.

June 2, 2020

Spin-Off Company Teases Unannounced Robotics for Police

Company Six’s founders are mum on details, but they say they’re making advanced technology more affordable and user-friendly, and giving officers more information to make decisions.

May 28, 2020

Partnership to Expand ElectrifAi Procurement Tech's Reach

Partnering with a cloud company and professional organization for distribution, the machine learning company says its business intelligence tool can find and flag redundancies in technology contracts.

May 26, 2020

How Illinois Quickly Set Up Remote Work for 27K Employees

With basic telework software and a relationship with a company — Citrix — already in place, the state was able to expand remote work capacity for 10,000 employees in a week, and 27,000 to date.

May 21, 2020

Remix Announces Tool to Expedite Transportation Scenario Planning

The San Francisco-based startup launched a new tool today to give city planners faster access to data on who will be affected by road closures, route changes, reduced service hours and other transit decisions.

May 19, 2020

Company Looks to Boost City Revenue With Water Meter Sensors

Olea Edge Analytics, based in Austin, Texas, is putting various sensors on old water meters to flag when they’re under-charging and need to be replaced. The results, say the company, can be big.

May 18, 2020

Stanford Nonprofit Focuses on Government for COVID-19 Tools

A professional network of physicians, scientists and entrepreneurs has formed the StartX Med COVID-19 Task Force, a collaborative group focused on government outreach and fast-tracking urgent technology.

May 14, 2020

CivicPlus Moves Into Low-Code Software for Digital Services

With the CivicOptimize suite and its centerpiece, Productivity, the Kansas-based integrated software provider is offering governments its first “low-code” software tool to speed up the adoption of digital services.

May 11, 2020

Ubicquia Acquires Smart Streetlight Company CityIQ

Ubicquia, a Florida-based company that makes sensors and software for light poles, bought competitor CityIQ from GE Current to improve its offerings for traffic optimization and public safety.

May 7, 2020

Citing COVID-19, Sidewalk Labs Abandons Waterfront Toronto

After two and a half years of development and less than a year after unveiling a $3.9 billion (Canadian) master plan, the New York-based Google affiliate has cut its losses and put Toronto’s smart-city project in limbo.

May 6, 2020

Oklahoma Takes On Mass Unemployment Through New Platform

The state’s secretary of digital information says Oklahoma is prepared to handle hundreds of thousands of claims and billions of state and federal dollars through Granicus’ digital services platform.

April 30, 2020

As Government Tech Demand Spikes, Intel Shifts Sales Staff

The director of the company’s U.S. state and local government division says Intel is inviting domestic sales staff to focus on public-sector support, given the changing market and impending needs of government.

April 21, 2020

MIT, Apple, Google Build Apps to Trace COVID-19 Contact

Along with Apple, Google and other entities around the world, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is developing mobile software and an online tool for governments to trace and publicize COVID-19 cases.

April 14, 2020

Foreseeing Construction Needs, Aurigo and Autodesk Integrate

Software for planning and managing capital projects now works more closely with software for designing them, in an effort to make construction more efficient and manageable as the economy tanks.

April 10, 2020

Mapzen Project Adopted by Urban Computing Foundation

Shut down in 2018 and revived a year later by the Linux Foundation, the open source mapping platform has a new home with developers under the umbrella of the UCF, which suggests a closer relationship with urban work.

April 3, 2020

Virus Shutdown: Time for Digital Government to Prove Itself

Government IT staff and industry researchers weigh in on how digital services are meeting their moment, with office buildings closed, Web traffic spiking and applications for relief programs becoming increasingly urgent.

April 1, 2020

Nextdoor Acquires Citizen Engagement Platform Neighborland

Months before it amped up its local government efforts with a new mobile app for public agencies, the community-based social media platform Nextdoor had bought a competitor whose focus was citizen engagement.

March 31, 2020

Biobot Analytics to Track COVID-19 in Sewage Pro Bono

Repurposing analytics it used to produce data on the opioid epidemic, Biobot is offering a pro bono water testing program to contribute data to the health community’s growing understanding of the pandemic.

March 27, 2020

New Body Camera Vendor Axis Emphasizes Open Architecture

Even as giants in the body-worn camera space have absorbed smaller competitors in recent years, the Swedish company owned by Canon is betting new cameras that work with other systems will sell.

March 24, 2020

Steven DeBerry

Former CIO, Norfolk, Va.

March 23, 2020

Wolfcom Embraces Body Cam Face Recognition Despite Concerns

Vendors, public officials and civil rights advocates have been wary of using facial recognition in police body cameras because of technical limits and potential for abuse, but Wolfcom's CEO sees it as an inevitability.

March 19, 2020

Thomson Reuters Acquires Gov Tech Company Pondera Solutions

The Ontario-based conglomerate Thomson Reuters now has Pondera’s anti-fraud, waste and abuse platform in its suite of business intelligence tools, potentially giving health-care giants greater insight into bad actors.

March 18, 2020

Detailed Audit of Voatz' Voting App Confirms Security Flaws

In an assessment of the voting app’s internal programming, paid for by Voatz, a security firm validated MIT researchers' concerns, including the possibility that hackers could change votes cast through the app.

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Two States Divert to Telework. Are Others Ready?

Work-from-home policies are about to take center stage as public agencies and private corporations around the world prepare unprecedented measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Is government ready?

March 3, 2020

Symbium Opens Service for Analyzing Zoning, Building Codes

The San Francisco company hopes to make a dent in California’s housing crisis by giving homeowners and developers an interactive mapping tool to show them if and how they can build an accessory dwelling unit.

February 28, 2020

For Potential Stoned Drivers, DRUID App Measures Impairment

With cannabis legalization spreading, the Massachusetts-based company is billing its mobile, all-purpose impairment app as an answer to a growing need for a validated test to keep stoned drivers in check.

February 27, 2020

RoadBotics Adds Pavement Distress Identification to Software

The Pittsburgh company is adding new features and more granular results to its software for analyzing pavement damage, with plans to move into larger cities and smaller counties in the future.

February 25, 2020

Electriphi Looks to Help Public Sector Cut EV Charging Costs

The company has created software to help fleet managers, including school districts and municipal agencies, plan when and how to charge their electric vehicles, to make sure they hit their marks at the lowest price.

February 21, 2020

Nextdoor Releases App Designed for Public Agencies

Nextdoor says its new app makes its existing tools for public agencies accessible from mobile phones, and adds the ability to send geo-targeted alerts or communicate with the public from the field.

February 19, 2020

Startup Announces Drone for Cleaning Water, Collecting Data

A new gov tech company in Atlanta aims to sell aquatic drones to government agencies for the dual purposes of cleaning up waste and pollution as well as logging real-time water quality data.

February 13, 2020

UrbanFootprint Announces $11.5M in New Funding for Expansion

From climate change to housing affordability, water use and evolving transportation infrastructure, the company is staring down a barrel at looming global challenges it hopes to answer with data and AI.

February 11, 2020

NIC Adds Mobile Passport Application and Renewal to Gov2Go

NIC, one of the largest vendors of digital services for government, says new features in Gov2Go allow citizens to apply for and receive a passport in as few as three days.

February 6, 2020

Digital Echo, CityGrows Partner on Document Accessibility

The digital age is leaving behind some people with visual, cognitive or motor disabilities. A digital services company and an ADA consulting firm think they can help governments get up to code.

February 4, 2020

Gov Tech Lessons Learned from Iowa's Caucus App Debacle

Results of the Iowa Caucus were delayed a day because of a coding error in a new app used by the Iowa Democratic Party. Several technology experts see it as a cautionary tale that could have gone worse.

January 31, 2020

Milwaukee Modernization Continues as CIO Nancy Olson Retires

Olson had served the city for 30 years, a dozen of those as CIO, when she retired this week. The mayor has nominated telecommunications manager David Henke to carry on her work upgrading legacy systems.

January 27, 2020

Vexcel Buys Assets from Verisk to Improve Aerial Imagery

Vexcel, which has recently started selling high-resolution aerial imagery to governments on demand, has now scooped up part of another company in an effort to improve the data it provides to customers.

January 23, 2020

CivicPlus Debuts New Division to Integrate SeeClickFix

Having bought or partnered with a handful of startups or competitors in the past three years, the integrated communications company has launched a new division focused on interoperability with SeeClickFix.

January 16, 2020

San Francisco Launches One-Stop Cannabis Application Portal

The city-county used CityBase software to retool an entire application process in a way that’s designed around the user experience and aims to be a template for digital services going forward.

January 13, 2020

Head Count Shows More Than Half of States Now Have a CDO

The relatively new role of the state chief data officer is catching on, with a designated professional support network, growing public pressure for data-based policies, and more than half of U.S. states now staffing.

January 10, 2020

L.A. County Confirms Phishing Attack, No Services Disrupted

More than two dozen employees received an email in December containing malware, but county information technology staff detected and contained it before the exposure of any county resident data.

January 8, 2020

Axon Pre-empts Federal Anti-Trust Complaint With Lawsuit

The Federal Trade Commission argues that Axon’s acquisition of VieVu reduces competition and could raise prices for body cameras, while Axon argues the FTC’s structure and administrative processes are unconstitutional.

January 7, 2020

The 2020 GovTech 100: Investors Bet Big on Gov Tech

From massive mergers and profitable exits to strong funding rounds and bold new ideas, the last five years have seen major growth in an up-and-coming market. Here’s where gov tech is going next.

December 23, 2019

Motorola Parts with Socrata, Ends Access to Open Crime APIs

The end of the partnership means a loss of public access to tabulated crime data collected by Motorola Solutions, which various crime-mapping websites and open data advocates have found useful.

December 20, 2019

Wichita, Kan., Deploys IoT Sensors to Prevent Copper Theft

The city partnered with local IoT company Viaanix to put sensors on light poles and junction boxes, which notified police when tampered with, potentially saving tens of thousands of dollars in theft and repairs.

December 11, 2019

Revamped MyPD App Offers News Feed, Browser Alerts

Now in the hands of about 100 law enforcement agencies across the country, the fourth iteration of the MyPD app aims to attract more users with new features, ease of use and an assurance of privacy.

December 7, 2019

U.S. Mayors Say Priority Issues for 2020 Election Revolve Around Tech

Transportation infrastructure, water and sewer systems, clean energy and data policy are among the recommended focus areas on the just-released 2020 policy agenda of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

December 3, 2019

Connecticut Hires Scott Gaul as New CDO

Gaul brings experience from private and nonprofit sectors to a role initiated and shaped by Tyler Kleykamp, one of GT’s 2018 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who helped make Connecticut an early adopter of open data.

November 19, 2019

Accela, Esri and Microsoft Partner on Local Government Data

The combination of Accela’s permitting platform, Esri’s geospatial data software and Microsoft’s data analytics will give governments the ability to find ideal locations for businesses based on traffic and other factors.

November 12, 2019

Accela Releases Apps for Business Licensing, Alcohol Control

One of the top retailers of permitting and licensing software for government is gradually releasing turnkey versions of its longstanding, more custom-built line of civic solutions. Two new apps bring that list to seven.

November 7, 2019

Oregon to Launch Statewide Procurement Marketplace in 2020

Under a five-year contract with Periscope Holdings, the OregonBuys Marketplace will standardize purchasing across all the state’s agencies, from procurement to payment, giving Oregon a better view into buying activity.

November 4, 2019

State Contracts Mount for Aurigo’s Capital Project Software

The Austin, Texas-based company has announced several new large government clients this year, offering cloud software to oversee infrastructure spending from planning to completion and maintenance.

October 30, 2019

Who Did What? Task Management Tool Answers With Blockchain

With beta testers in the private sector and interested parties in the southeastern United States, Public Bloc wants to encourage infrastructure spending by offering employee-level focus on project accountability.

October 25, 2019

New Radio Brings AI Voice Assistant to Law Enforcement

Motorola Solutions is touting what it calls the first virtual assistant for law enforcement, available through a new two-way radio that also includes a rugged touchscreen and LTE connectivity.

October 24, 2019

TruFactor, Partners Bring Marketing-Type Data to Government

A set of APIs provide fine-grained data on the movements of demographic populations to analytics companies, who in turn can generate insights that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive for small governments.

October 18, 2019

New Open Source Platform Lets Cops Remotely Identify Drones

A collaboration between industry partners and regulatory agencies has yielded a software platform whereby drone pilots will be able to identify and communicate with other drones in their vicinity.

October 16, 2019

Software Company CSDC Turns 30, Rebrands Itself as Calytera

The rebranding follows a change of headquarters in 2017, leadership changes in 2018, a few new software tools and a transition away from professional services and toward full-time software development.

October 14, 2019

Gov Tech Startup Neighborly Runs Out of Money to Pay Workers

Absent funding, a San Francisco-based startup’s meandering, seven-year history courting various technologies — from bond-sale software to blockchain to broadband networks — has reached an impasse.

October 11, 2019

CivicPlus Acquires 311 Software Company SeeClickFix

CivicPlus has added another competitor to its ever-expanding suite of integrated communications software in SeeClickFix, a tool that has offered citizens ways to use mobile devices to report issues à la 311.

October 10, 2019

Axon Fights Deepfakes with New Body Cams, Debuts RMS

New tools from one of the nation’s top police-tech companies, a new body camera and a cloud-based RMS, debuted last month at several police departments in California trying to address a few 21st-century concerns.

October 2, 2019

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Working on Crime Info App

A new mobile app under development by the department and MobilePD proposes to notify residents about suspects in their area in real time, and eventually offer live chat and crime-reporting features.

October 1, 2019

Cybersecurity and Democracy Collide: Locking Down Elections

The virtual guarantee of foreign meddling in the 2020 election poses a challenge to state and local officials, IT staff included, to protect American democracy. Experts say the keys to success will be cybersecurity, paper trails, risk-limiting audits and inter-agency communication.

September 26, 2019

BondLink Partners with IHS Markit for Muni Bond Transparency

An alliance between one company that profiles bond issuers and another that facilitates bond sales aims to make it easier for investors to view a government's credit information before buying.

September 25, 2019

Govlaunch Building a Free ‘Innovation Wiki’ for Government

Billed as a resource for local governments to share details and stories about their projects and technology investments, Govlaunch has crowdsourced information from over 150 governments in 37 states.

September 25, 2019

Startup Uses AI to Help Cities Find Unpaid Property Taxes

Two data-as-a-service tools from the company, which it has running in two California counties, propose to help local governments identify unpaid taxes from unassessed property improvements and rental income.

September 20, 2019

Colorado the First State to Remove Bar Codes from Ballots

The state is discontinuing the use of QR codes for tabulation that couldn’t be verified by the human eye, taking a cue from election security groups who say hand-countable paper ballots are most secure.

September 16, 2019

L.A. to Choose Blockchain Pilot Project at CIS Conference

Officials and event organizers will choose four finalists to present on stage in October, then award the best one a $25,000 investment plus a $25,000 pilot project with the city of Los Angeles.

September 12, 2019

Veritone Releases OS for Artificial Intelligence on Azure

Veritone’s aiWARE, marketed as “the first operating system for artificial intelligence,” lays a foundation for future AI programs aimed at public safety, large-scale video analysis and beyond.

September 4, 2019

Citizen Engagement Companies Partner on Budgeting Software

Bang the Table and Balancing Act are selling their software together, offering local government customers a platform to get citizens involved with detailed, do-it-at-home budget simulations.

September 1, 2019

Satellite Data Increasingly Affordable, Accessible for Gov

In an interview with GT, Swarm Technologies co-founder and chief technology officer Benjamin Longmier explains how his company syncs public- and private-sector clients to maximize data use from small satellites.

August 30, 2019

Chicago PD Testing Samsung Phones to Replace In-Car Laptops

The versatility and computing power of modern smartphones could render older, bulkier devices obsolete, particularly for police officers and first responders who use computers in many different environments.

August 23, 2019

El Paso, Texas, IT Director Leaving to Become Arlington’s CTO

After six years leading the city of El Paso, Texas’ IT department, cutting costs while expanding services, Enrique Martinez Jr., will head to the Dallas-area city of Arlington in September.

August 22, 2019

School Safety Package Includes AI, Social Media Monitoring

With OnGuard, Maryland-based security company Rekor has packaged several AI algorithms and human-conducted services together to detect violent school threats before they occur — online, on campus and at bus stops.

July 29, 2019

FirstNet-Certified Visual Labs Turns Phones into Body Cams

With the privacy and bandwidth afforded by FirstNet, the San Francisco Bay Area software company hopes to create an alternative to body cameras by replacing them with equally secure and more versatile smartphones.

July 18, 2019

New Accelerator, CivStart, to Focus on Gov Tech Partnerships

A new startup accelerator has chosen 10 companies for a two-year mentorship program to bring civic technology solutions to market, with a specific focus on enduring problems that face state and local government.

July 17, 2019

Forensic Logic Announces Nationwide Crime Search Tool

A San Francisco Bay Area company has combined its law enforcement search engine with Coplink, a well-known data-analysis tool, to make a smarter platform for sharing information and solving cases.

July 12, 2019

Subscription Service Offers Government High-Res Aerial Pics

The Colorado-based company Vexcel Imaging is flying proprietary cameras across the U.S. to create visualizations and data for planimetrics, mapping and zoning, property appraisal, emergency response and other uses.

July 10, 2019

Accela Partners With Kind for Seed-to-Sale Cannabis Tracking

The cloud software giant’s latest partnership adds to its suite of cannabis-compliance tools the ability to monitor plants, keeping them separate from the illicit market and accountable to growers and buyers.

July 9, 2019

Mastercard Debuts Card to Act as ID, Payment for Underserved

Members of underserved populations don’t always have credit cards. City Key is Mastercard’s effort to help cities distribute services and benefits by creating a tool that can act as an ID, payment card or access pass.

July 2, 2019

Aurora, Ill., in Talks with Startup to Handle IT Procurement’s online portal and support team proposes to make the procurement and implementation of new technology faster and easier by allowing government to outsource the most time-consuming work.

June 25, 2019

Cities and Industry Launch New Foundation to Manage Mobility

An international coalition of cities, departments of transportation, nonprofits, mobility companies and other stakeholders is taking a big swing at urban mobility data, rules and regulations.

June 25, 2019

As Crop Spreads, Accela Announces Hemp Licensing Software

Anticipating a wave of interest in what has become a rapidly growing market across the country, the cloud software company has added hemp licensing to its suite of cannabis regulation tools.

June 13, 2019

Smartsheet Work Management Platform Nears FedRAMP Clearance

Made specifically for government customers, Smartsheet Gov gives agencies the ability to manage and report on work projects and tasks with cloud software that meets FedRAMP’s stringent requirements.

June 12, 2019

Software Lets Santa Barbara Move Worker Timesheets Off Paper

With an investment the city’s IT manager regarded as overdue, Santa Barbara, Calif., will automate several regular paper processes by using Kronos' Workforce Dimensions and Workforce TeleStaff.

June 10, 2019

Passport Buys Complus, a Competitor in City Parking Tech

With its second acquisition in eight months, Passport is expanding in the northeastern U.S. It will look to Complus' 200 customers to improve its customer feedback operation while developing its offerings.

June 5, 2019

Ride Report Raises $3.4M to Grow Micromobility Data Platform

The Portland, Ore.-based company has announced new funding to market and expand its SaaS that gives cities in-depth data on micromobility operators on their streets via partnerships with many startups.

June 1, 2019

Shared Service Agreements Bring Pricey Tech within Reach

Technologies both mainstream and emerging promise to improve government service delivery. To reduce costs and increase efficiency, jurisdictions are working together to get what they need.

May 31, 2019

How Should Cities Handle New Mobility Data? NACTO Has Ideas

Two associations with expertise in government and mobility have jointly issued a document to answer cities’ questions about how to negotiate contracts with mobility companies, and what to do with the resulting data.

May 29, 2019

Nonprofit’s Free App Flags Suspicious Changes to Voter Rolls

As concerns arise of international meddling in U.S. elections, nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy has created a free Web app for secretaries of state to keep an eye on their voter rolls in case of hacking or tampering.

May 28, 2019

CTO Wanda Gibson Leaving Fairfax County, Va., After 20 Years

One of America’s longest-serving IT chiefs at the local level is moving from one D.C. suburb to another, bringing decades of experience and recognition to a new county government role in Maryland.

May 24, 2019

New CentralSquare Acquisition to Unify CAD Systems

By folding Tellus Safety Solutions’ CAD-to-CAD communication software into a public safety platform used by over 5,000 agencies, CentralSquare aims to boost sharing between 911 centers around the country.

May 22, 2019

AI-Powered Weapon Detectors to Undergo Testing in Utah

New technology developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory creates 3-D images by scanning passersby with low-frequency radio waves, then applies deep learning to analyze anything that looks like a weapon.

May 21, 2019

ClearGov Partners with Media Companies to Share Civic Data

The digital transparency company is building a network of website partners to disseminate fiscal data for every civic entity in the U.S., giving residents multiple avenues to see how their local governments are doing.

May 16, 2019

Rackspace Unveils Program to Speed Up FedRAMP Compliance

A faster, more affordable route to compliance with federal standards could make the gov tech market more accessible to thousands of software providers by giving them some of the credibility of a federal check mark.

May 14, 2019

CivicPlus Takes Minority Investment for Growth, Acquisitions

The integrated-solutions provider has new funding from BV Investment Partners and plans for expansion, including more buyouts and products to add to its growing suite of tools for digital government.

May 10, 2019

Microsoft, Galois to Release Open Source ‘ElectionGuard’ SDK

Planned for release on GitHub this summer, a software development kit aims to supplement paper ballot systems to make them end-to-end verifiable. That could allow voters to verify for themselves that their vote was counted.

May 6, 2019

Civic Engagement, Surveys Come Together in Polco-NRC Merger

By combining NRC’s scientific surveys and database with Polco’s communication and dashboard capabilities, executives hope to develop a faster way for local governments to gauge public opinion.

May 3, 2019

Blockchain Civic Engagement Tool to Be Tested in Vermont

A nine-month pilot project could yield new information on the best way for citizens and officials to communicate, and even a new model for cities to engage residents on hot-button issues in real time.

May 1, 2019

Dude Solutions Buys NET’s Energy Management Platform

As Dude Solutions continues to sell Energy Manager alongside its other operations management programs, with service and support from NET, the company will set up a dedicated business unit for energy products.

April 26, 2019

SeeClickFix Adds Resource Tracking, Activity Updates to App

Work Orders version 2 offers resource guidelines and tracking, activity streaming and progress updates via photos and communication to the SeeClickFix app, giving governments more tools to keep employees in the loop.

April 25, 2019

User Reporting Appears to Alleviate Scooter Parking Issues

To reduce clutter and carelessness with e-scooters, companies are offering ways for users to report improperly parked or damaged scooters. Now, one company has released metrics showing the success of their initiative.

April 23, 2019

New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet Nominated for Second Term

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu re-nominated former Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s appointment from 2015, asking Goulet to focus on using digital government tech to improve services for citizens and businesses.

April 22, 2019

Motorola Solutions Cuts Socrata Out of Crime Mapping Tool

After the split from Socrata happens in June, Motorola Solutions will continue to support CrimeReports for the many agencies and websites that have come to rely on its open data for crime reporting.

April 16, 2019

CivicPlus Builds Civic Engagement Platform on "Headless" CMS

A structural overhaul of CivicPlus’ old platforms, Engage 6 allows local governments to create content in one space and share it automatically across any other separate platforms or devices used by citizens.

April 15, 2019

Neighborland Makes Public Engagement Tool for Transportation

Rich data, qualitative feedback, smarter maps and involved citizens lead to more successful projects and an ever-evolving platform, according to the citizen engagement company based in Boulder, Colo.

April 10, 2019

Carbyne-Cisco Partnership Means IoT Data for 911 Dispatch

Cisco’s platform makes its first foray into 911 response through a partnership with Carbyne, allowing call centers to collect data from both 911 callers and government-owned Internet of Things devices.

April 4, 2019

Phoenix Hires Former Alaska Official Shannon Lawson as CISO

The former Alaska CISO and Navy security specialist will head up cybersecurity operations for America’s fifth-largest city, drawing on experience with security operations centers, team building and program development.

April 3, 2019

Coord Turns Street Photos Into Curb Data for Six Cities

Free maps of physical curb assets such as signs, paint lines and fire hydrants are available for neighborhoods in six cities, with more to come. Coord wants this to be a resource for urban planners and others.

April 2, 2019

Google, Accela, Esri Among New Mentors to STiR Startups

Accela, Esri, Google, Microsoft and five others will be giving marketing advice, business development resources and mentorship to the 22 startups currently involved with STiR’s 16-week cohort, which concludes in May.

March 28, 2019

Mark43’s RMS Integrates with Callyo’s Virtual Call System

The public safety dispatch and records management company adds Callyo to its growing list of integrated partners, which also includes SPIDR Tech, Carbyne and RapidSOS.

March 27, 2019

20 Public Safety Tech Companies to Tour 10 Cities in 2019

Twenty startups, offering everything from drone surveillance to data analytics, communications, firearm sensors and X-ray software, will show off their wares for first responders at 10 free conferences through the year.

March 26, 2019

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March 25, 2019

FirstNet App Catalog Vets Mobile Tools for First Responders

With FirstNet’s designated network in all 50 states and dozens of apps available in its catalog, the niche market for first responders originally envisioned by the 9/11 Commission has come to fruition.

March 22, 2019

Startup Ownum's First Product Is Blockchain Vehicle Titles

Vehicle titles, birth and death certificates, tax credits and vehicle tags are the focus of four subsidiaries under Ownum, a holding company trying to make paperless blockchain solutions for government processes.

March 21, 2019

Bloom Assembles Digital Government Alumni for Consulting

According to the former chief digital officer of Boston, one of the nation’s most ahead-of-the-curve cities in digital technology, the key to the future of high-tech government is cultural transformation.

March 14, 2019

Populus Raises $3.1M to Help Cities Plan for Shared Mobility

Just one year old, Populus has raised $3.85 million to date and says it’s been enlisting a new client every week. Its platform collects data from shared scooters, bikes and cars to give to city planners.

March 11, 2019

After Upheaval, Alaska Names Acting CIO, Permanent CISO

In the midst of turnover and consolidations, Alaska’s Office of Information Technology is being led by a veteran of several state departments. Exactly what he has planned for state IT remains to be seen.

March 8, 2019

Nexus Software Hopes to Make Parole Decisions Evidence-Based

The new platform hopes to ease the workload for parole officers and inform smarter responses to parolee behavior by automating communications, notifications, data collection and other aspects of the probation process.

March 4, 2019

Driessen Leaves Hennepin County for San Jose Asst. CIO Job

Silicon Valley’s gain is the Twin Cities-area’s loss as a respected project leader and strategic planner joins San Jose to tag team new projects with CIO Rob Lloyd. Jerry Driessen will serve as assistant CIO.

March 1, 2019

Former Palo Alto, Calif., CIO Won't Work at Oracle After All

Despite announcing the move in November, Jonathan Reichental has turned down the offer from Oracle in favor of starting his own business. Oracle, meanwhile, is still searching for somebody to fill the position.

February 26, 2019

Mark43, Carbyne Partner on Integrated Cloud-Based Dispatch

A partnership between two applications for law enforcement will move 911 dispatch services to the cloud, allowing responders to receive more data from connected devices and set up impromptu call centers as needed.

February 22, 2019

Blockchain Voting Company Votem's Future Cloudy After Layoffs

The company’s CEO cites restructuring while Cleveland media report the company is going out of business. An investor in the company said a 2018 acquisition might have created cash burn problems.

February 21, 2019

CityGrows Permit Platform Bets on Do-It-Yourself Simplicity

The former GovTech 100 company is still adding clients and functionality in an increasingly crowded market for government permitting software. Their bet to stand out includes simplicity and speed of deployment.

February 20, 2019

GTY Completes 6-Company Gov Tech Merger, Trades on Nasdaq

By combining some of the top SaaS providers in their respective fields with the clout and resources of a publicly traded company, GTY hopes to corner the market for widespread government adoption of cloud software.

February 15, 2019

New Michigan Cybersecurity Leader Emphasizes Collaboration

Meet Chris DeRusha, Michigan's new chief security officer — a former White House adviser who has been working for the state for about a year. DeRusha got his start under CIO David DeVries, who has since stepped down.

February 11, 2019

Camino Secures $5.9M to Bolster Permitting Platform

As the San Francisco-based company tries to simplify and democratize the process of obtaining permits, it plans to open its platform and make its data and APIs accessible to potential clients and innovators.

February 7, 2019

Noonlight Brings Caller Information to 911 Dispatch for Free

A mobile app sends 911 a message with location and other personal data from connected IoT devices, automatically giving responders information in place of the user making a phone call.

February 4, 2019

Unisys Unveils Microsoft Azure Version of CloudForte

Unisys, the Pennsylvania-based digital transformation company, has now released cloud transition software for the two biggest cloud companies, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, betting on managed services.

January 24, 2019

Accela Announces New Environmental Health Application

The company adds environmental health to its growing list of civic applications — which already included marijuana regulation, among other things — touting research and interoperability as keys to emerging topics.

January 22, 2019

ProudCity's New Meetings Tool Aims to Help Small Governments

As an add-on or standalone product, ProudCity Meetings aims to fill a simple niche overlooked by larger software providers: a public meeting tool for small governments that can’t afford huge enterprise systems.

January 17, 2019

CivicPlus Adds 311 Capabilities to Integrated Solution Suite

CP Connect works with any online CMS or other communications channel of a citizen’s choice, including phone, text, email, social media or other websites.

January 15, 2019

Former FEMA Admin.: AI Can Marry Urban Planning and Disaster Response

Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is now with a company called One Concern, whose existing tools for earthquakes and floods, and a third in the works for wildfires, create highly detailed maps of possible damage.

January 10, 2019

CompTIA Absorbs Locally Focused Public Technology Institute

The merger between a global tech industry advocate and a locally focused professional development group will bring new resources to government IT decision-makers, with an early emphasis on counties.

January 8, 2019

CentralSquare Acquires Infrastructure Management Firm Lucity

One of the largest public-administration software providers, CentralSquare, has absorbed a new tool to help government clients address crumbling infrastructure with asset management software.

January 4, 2019

Hawaii Gov. Names State Comptroller Murdock to CIO Position

A former state comptroller and VP of fiscal affairs for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Douglas Murdock is set to take over leadership of the state IT department from Todd Nacapuy, who stepped down to enter the private sector.

December 28, 2018

Citymart’s BidSpark Aims to Bring New Vendors to Government

The New York-based procurement platform sends RFPs to a database of more than 100,000 vendors, most of which are new to the gov tech market, in an effort to ramp up the government's options.

December 27, 2018

Michigan CIO to Depart as New Governor Takes the Reins

David DeVries helped Michigan launch a statewide ERP system, move the state’s computers to Windows 10 and replace several legacy systems for multiple agencies. Now, with a new governor inbound, he's stepping down.

December 11, 2018

Five Questions with New Accela CEO Gary Kovacs

Gary Kovacs, who has held senior executive positions at AVG Technologies, Mozilla, Adobe and others, hopes to usher the government software company into a new era with speed and adaptability.

December 5, 2018

New Data-Driven Software Tool Assesses Environmental Impacts

A new partnership between the software developer UrbanFootprint and a conservation group could help city planners and others decide where and how to build with minimal impact to natural environments.

December 3, 2018

Illinois CIO Kirk Lonbom Retires After 38 Years in Public Service

As a police officer, detective, undercover officer, intelligence analyst and information officer of various departments over decades, Lonbom navigated the push toward more data-driven, collaborative government.

November 28, 2018

Colorado CIO Returns to Her IT Roots at Dish Network

Exiting Chief Information Officer Suma Nallapati will return to the company where she started her IT career as a programmer in 1997, this time as its chief digital officer overseeing application delivery and digital strategy implementation.

November 26, 2018

Oracle Recruits Palo Alto CIO for Public-Sector Division

Having spearheaded across-the-board upgrades for public tech in the city of Palo Alto, Jonathan Reichental will join Oracle as its global industries solution leader for gov tech.

November 21, 2018

ProudCity Builds Recovery Website for Paradise, Calif., in 3 Days

Like it did for Sonoma County, Calif., after the Santa Rosa fire in 2017, the digital government platform was able to launch a customizable portal for evacuation, shelter, donation and other info in a matter of days.

November 20, 2018

Data Startup Geospiza Helps Cities Prepare for Disaster

The online platform pulls data so officials can make better decisions about how to prepare for, and respond to, disasters. It's working with Kansas City, Mo., to find neighborhoods at the greatest risk of fire.

November 13, 2018

For Digital Identity Management, Startup Offers Blockchain

Two people who worked on Illinois' project to vet blockchain for government uses have started their own company, aimed at solving the fundamental problem they kept running into in government: identity management.

November 12, 2018

Consulting Firm GCOM Acquires Three Sigma Software

The merger, announced Friday, includes continued support for the acquired company's software for administering the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and is intended to accommodate new growth and more clients.

November 8, 2018

Numetric Announces New Analytical Tools for Road Safety

The data analytics company’s new software suites align problem diagnosis, countermeasure options and design. They also have a tool to expedite information sharing, to cut down on FOIA response time.

November 6, 2018

Sidewalk Labs-Backed Coord Releases App for Mapping Street Curbs

As much activity happens on the sides of streets every day, it's not easy to log the features of a curb. So a company backed by Sidewalk Labs — a subsidiary of Google's parent company, Alphabet — is looking to crowdsource the information with a new mobile app.

October 31, 2018

Chicago Startup Gets $1.1M Contract to Develop Alert System for Emergency Responders

A text or a ping preceding lights and sirens could save lives.

October 26, 2018

Australian Developer Bringing Disaster Response App to the States

RADAR helps users document damage and qualify for government assistance.

October 22, 2018

Mark43 Partners with Police Foundation for Near Miss Reporting

The cloud-based data platform aims to make record-keeping on close-call incidents easier for law enforcement.

October 18, 2018

ClearGov Jumps Into Government Budgeting Software, Bringing AI with It

ClearGov Budgets hopes to wean small governments off spreadsheets.

October 15, 2018

Tired of Kids Getting Fined, Startup Crowdfunds an App to Permit the Lemonade Stand

The PermitMe app would aim to make it easier for lemonade stands to get legal.

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