Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.
Several states have established bodies to study blockchain technology in the past several years. They range from departmental groups with report deadlines to policy groups meant to bring forward bill ideas.
In our series examining the impacts of body cameras, we conclude by looking at how different policies can influence outcomes, and why some problems are just too deep to be solved by technology alone.
In our ongoing examination of the impacts body cameras have on policing, we turn next to one of the clearest areas they make a difference — providing evidence when citizens complain about officers' conduct.
Five years after the killing of Michael Brown, has the widespread adoption of body-worn cameras by U.S. police departments changed the factors that led to his death, and the subsequent protests?
The goal of the software is to help government digitize rules in a standardized format so that apps, navigation systems, researchers and anyone who's interested can find things like parking restrictions and speed limits.
As government collects more citizen data and cyberattacks increase in frequency, states are hiring chief privacy officers to keep all that data secure. Here’s a data-driven look at who’s doing the job and where.
There's not much in the way of hard numbers, but a solid guess based on surveys would be that a little more than half of all law enforcement agencies in the U.S. use body-worn cameras in some capacity.
Six states, as well as three of the largest cities and counties in the U.S., are either lacking a chief information officer or have the position filled only in an interim capacity at the moment.
Who are the people leading technology in state government? What career paths do they come from? How long do they stay in position? We gathered data for 206 state CIO terms going back to 1994 to find out.
It's the first week at work for the state's new CIO, and the governor wants him to freeze work on the troubled vehicle licensing and registration system in order to buy a software package as a replacement.
The cost of accessing space has dropped rapidly, making it more feasible for state and local government to work with companies that launch, maintain and provide a range of services through satellites.
David Wilkinson will be charged with setting up an interagency data sharing and performance management system so that the state can operate more efficiently, serve residents better and save money.
Goldstein, who co-founded the urban tech investment firm in 2016 — and started the first predictive policing company to put its code online — is going to serve as director of the Defense Digital Service.
Dennis McDermitt led IT for the commonwealth for four years but has moved on to the private sector. Spokespeople for Massachusetts and McDermitt's new company, however, offered scant details.
It's called the FiberTRAXtor, and it looks like some kind of riding lawnmower. The machine uses a protective substance to glue fiber to the ground at 500 feet per hour, hoping to cut install time and costs.
Granicus bought the London-based company Firmstep, which has nearly two decades of experience setting up online services for local governments in the U.K. Now Granicus aims to bring Firmstep's platform stateside.
Dun & Bradstreet has provided the proprietary identification system to the federal government for decades. Now, the General Services Administration has picked a new contractor to move to a government-owned system.
Much of the government conversation surrounding high-speed Internet revolves around who has access to it. But new data from Microsoft shows that access and actual use of broadband are two very different things.
A city's purchasing threshold can determine whether buying something involves calling up a few people for quotes or spending a year trudging through a rigid contracting process. So where's the line?
The company shut down last year, but its user base remained. Now, the Linux Foundation is taking on the project so it can continue to provide an open source alternative to platforms that lock users in.
The state of Florida's IT structure has been fluid for a long time, and the new governor is planning once again to shake things up. But this time, a technology advocate in the state says, it feels different.
Tyler Technologies, no stranger to mergers and acquisitions, has purchased MicroPact for $185 million. The company works a lot with the federal government, and its state and local efforts lean toward larger customers.
The secretary will not have direct oversight of the state IT department, but he is going to be working with the secretary who does, as well as CIO Bo Reese. Here's what he wants to accomplish.
The protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 started a national discussion about police body cameras. But data shows that it took some time — and money — for law enforcement to really become a big market for the technology.
The proposal, filed by the chair of the Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Committee, would rewind a long push to unify state IT operations. The bill's sponsor says it could save costs and fix services for certain agencies.
The former executive director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission is joining a Cleveland blockchain company that wants to use the emerging technology to help government become more efficient.
The company, which offers a platform for government to systematically try out new technology and ideas, has launched in pilot-happy Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and San Mateo County, Calif. It's also working to double its team.
In the past two years, body-worn cameras have gone from a rare technology to a booming demand among U.S. law enforcement agencies. How did we get here, what does that market look like and where is it headed?
In our fourth annual look at the growing market serving public-sector technology needs, 2018 saw some big deals and big exits that reshaped the way companies are approaching the gov tech space.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the vast majority of cities in this country are small. In fact, most would be better described as "teeny tiny." Here's a look at the number of cities by population category.
Carroll Publishing has been collecting and validating government contact information and organizational charts for more than four decades. Now, it's opening that information up to developers via API.
The experiment, which used AI to identify hot spots that police and transportation officials then responded to, was limited to one section of highway. And there are other mitigating factors — like hockey, for one.
It might seem counterintuitive, but in the public safety space, tech startup entrepreneurs say that big agencies with big budgets might not be the most innovative. Many like the creativity and agility of small agencies.
All in all, 20 states elected new governors on Tuesday, and eight changed parties. Governorship changes often — but not always — portend changes in IT leadership, so these will be states to watch.
The company, Acivilate, has been working with Gwinnett County for a while.
Many workers at the office will still work remotely from California.
The company provides traffic enforcement cameras and works closely with tolling authorities.
Peter Pirnejad had a lot of experience with Accela, which Oracle is now competing against.
Plus, ShotSpotter Moves Into Predictive Policing with Acquisition, Startup Raises $865k to Turn Facebook Into a Constituent Feedback Tool and more...
The product, which Oracle plans to update on a quarterly basis, will begin with a focus on permits and inspections before moving on to zoning, land use, professional licensing and other areas.
The company, Periscope Holdings, also thinks it can use the technology to help government procurement officials find cooperative purchasing opportunities.
Plus, Startup Raises $865k Seed Round to Make Facebook a Constituent Feedback Tool, New York City Uses Street Kiosks to Tell Open Data Stories and more...
A core piece of the company's work is verifying user's identities to help deliver feedback to the right people.
Plus, Smarsh and Actiance finalize merger, FirstNet names new acting CEO and more...
Plus, Anti-Bias Toolkit Offers Government a Closer Look at Automated Decision-Making and more...
Plus, 6 Gov Tech Companies Acquired by GTY Technology Holdings, Infiniti, an IT Company in California's Agile Vendor Pool, Has Been Acquired and more...
As the most populous state replaces its bail system with risk assessments to determine who is most likely to fail to appear for their court dates, Uptrust is expanding its tool that it says helps people stay in compliance.
Plus, As Cities Push Back Against E-Scooters, One Company Launches "GovTech Platform", Startup ZenCity Raises $6M Series A, Round Includes Microsoft's Venture Arm and more...
The e-scooter company Bird's offering is tailored toward some of the exact complaints of cities like San Francisco and San Jose.
The company analyzes 311 data and other citizen feedback sources to give local government a view into performance and sentiment.
Plus, Columbus, Ohio, Publishes RFP for Multi-Modal Trip Planning App, San Francisco Chooses E-Scooter Companies, Releases Scoring Rubric and more...
Startups are producing lots of transit data that could help inform government policy — but not everyone agrees on what should be shared.
The equipment is popping up in urban environments across the country, and the NLC is trying to educate local governments before 5G hits.
The company has been busy — it also just raised more than $2 million.
Plus, Startup Digitizes 17 Cities' Zoning Codes, Lets Local Gov Use It for Free, Texas City to Try Driverless Shuttles to Test its Infrastructure and Gather data and more...
The city is already an international draw. Now it wants to focus on experience.
The company's clients tend not to be in the public sector, so cities get to use its product free.
Plus, Next-Gen 911 Startup Raises $15M Series B, Columbus, Ohio, Requests Proposlas for Mobility-as-a-Service App and more...
The company has worked a lot on facilities and asset management in the past, but with Paladin's SmartGov system it's getting into a new space.
Plus, Responders Ventures, AWS Partner to Connect Emergency Responders to Tech, StreetLight Data Raises $10M Series C and more...
RideAlong is all about giving information to emergency responders who are interacting with people who have mental health problems. The company is working with its first few customers, and it's already seeing results.
The most popular Web browser has taken a stance against unencrypted websites. The move appears to be driving a shift toward encryption among state and local governments.
Plus, NIC launches drug prescription monitoring system, as new wildfires rage, California governor reconsiders statewide emergency alerts system and more...
The program is called ResponderXLabs, and it's beginning with 13 companies that will focus on back-office work and software that saves time and money.
The company provides transportation data and analytics on demand.
Plus, PayIt makers former Illinois CTO its Chief Client Officer, ACLU tests Amazon Rekognition on lawmakers, software misidentifies many and more...
The companies offer administrative, public safety and health-care solutions for thousands of state and local government agencies across North America.
Plus, County Sheriff in Washington State Attributes Decline in Preventable Crashes to Telematics, Kentucky CIO Considers 5G to Connect Rural Residents and more.
The Department of Innovation and Technology was created through executive order in 2016. Now it's officially codified in state law.
Plus, Former Accela Leader Heads to Seamless Docs, CivicPlus Acquires CMS Company and more...
The changes will make it more difficult for people to make custom maps using Google's software, but it doesn't appear likely to mean much to state and local government.
Plus, Iowa aims for mobile driver's licenses this year, how government is using IoT as adaptive technology for people with disabilities and more...
The startup is running a series of pilot tests right now to try out a new way of setting up last-mile fiber connections.
Plus, welcome to Droneville, USA, Tacoma, Wash., awards $5m contract to new red light camera operator and more...
Four regions of the country are poised to take advantage of relaxed rules from the FAA.
The CEO was only on board for a little more than a year, but a lot happened in that time. Now, as he leaves, the company is taking on a major cloud computing partnership.
Plus, BidPrime sues SmartProcure, SmartProcure calls it a misunderstanding, urban innovation fund officially closes $22.5M first fund and more.
The company said transparency — among other functionalities — can help reduce the amount of time it takes for a city to approve development.
BidPrime has accused SmartProcure of scraping thousands of bid listings from its database. SmartProcure doesn't deny doing it, but contends it didn't keep the data and did nothing wrong — and that BidPrime is trying to "disrupt" SmartProcure's business.
Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion. What will that mean for the platform, which has become a big part of the work of transforming how government works with technology?
Plus, getting to tech woke, Colorado moves benefits management system to Salesforce and more.
Plus, NIC co-founder departs, high-profile CIOs step in, how Sacramento plans to use its digital license plates and more.
The firm has a pool of about $50 million total to draw from now.
The city of Sacramento is piloting digital license plates on a couple dozen of its electric cars, and the potential benefits of the dynamic new devices are many, including safety, diagnostics and public information.
Plus, Microsoft acquires GitHub, Colorado to test Integrated Roadways' smart pavement and more.
Cutting-edge tech could help governments manage the impact of a shifting environment.
Plus, Homeless health care to on-street parking: 9 more startups from Bridge SF, Integrated Roadways announces contract with Colorado to install smart pavement and more.
City Innovation head Tracy Colunga highlights what happens when multiple departments agree to share data that uncovers the high impact of repeat offenders.
The Bridge SF conference embraced startups this year. Here's a sampling of them.
The department tried an agile, user-centered approach to building its new housing portal. It liked the outcome.
Plus, Callyo names Steve Ressler its new president, Seminole County, Fla., to accept payments in Bitcoin — sort of, plus more.
The program's latest projects range from improving 311 efficiency to rounding up a city's list of buildings for hurricane damage assessment.
The county expects the new system to be faster and cheaper than regular card payments.
Plus, to fight opioid addiction with sewage, startup raises $2.5M, Tyler Technologies shakes up leadership, announces Socrata purchase price, plus more.
The company has made a cellphone alternative to police body cameras.
Plus, MuniCode buys agenda and meeting management company, Boston Marathon serves as an early testbed for FirstNet and more.
He will focus on finding the urban problems the financial company can address.
The company beat out about 200 other startups to win the prize.
Plus, Texas hires Deloitte to manage digital services, AI assistant project, Salt Lake City, New York City take on wireless tech research and more.
With some educated guessing, one can pull a lot of information out of a cellphone's location data.
Plus, VaultRMS also acquired, RapidSOS raises $16M plus more...
The company offers tools for firefighters to track their exposure to harmful substances.
At their core, Tyler Technologies and Socrata are two government data companies.
Plus, Bridge SF conference to serve as demo day for STiR companies, PayIt debuts new Kansas platform, and more.
Plus, Atlanta seeking smart city infrastructure, more ideas from the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, and more.
Plus, a startup is helping cities run pilot tests before buying, Superion buys the main tech for dealing with false 911 calls, and more.
The state is performing a pilot test for military service members who can't vote in person.
The company is buying Public Safety Corp., the firm that makes CryWolf.
Plus, the anatomy of a Gov Tech pitch (podcast), even more Bloomberg Mayors Challenge projects, and more.
The startup has been quietly building itself for nearly a year, but now it's got its first customers.
Plus, New York City's CTO heads to the private sector, want data on opioid use? It's beneath your feet, and more.
He hasn't yet said where he's going, and the city has not named a successor.
The company has expanded beyond its core services and is looking to grow.
Plus, Accela launches out-of-the-box products for regulating marijuana and short-term rentals, Google launches service to help 911 centers locate callers' phones, and more.
The most popular Web browser wants every page on the Internet encrypted. Government is still behind.
It's venture capital meets government affairs, with a focus on middle America.
Plus, Georgia smart cities challenge will give local governments cash to play with, FirstNet off to a good start, and more.
The company takes a fast-deployment, low-risk approach when it works with new customers.
Mike Wons will be the newest voice advising the company.
Plus, Louisville's drones-plus-ShotSpotter plan is first of its kind, CSC reorganizes, embraces the cloud and APIs, and more.
The city has applied for federal permission to launch self-guided drones to collect video at the scene of gunshot reports coming from its ShotSpotter system.
Using a vendor's software, hackers were able to hijack the computing power of people visiting government websites this weekend.
Both companies are regulars on the GovTech 100 list.
The company offers enterprise software, most notably in permitting and licensing functions.
Plus, Berkeley, Calif., wants to pioneer the blockchain muni bond, fighting the flu with data, and more.
Elected officials in the city are working with a startup and university faculty to try to revamp the municipal bond issuance process.
Plus, Vermont city tests blockchain for real estate transactions, Columbus, Ohio, releases major smart city RFP, and more.
The company, Premise, has a worldwide network of contributors it pays to gather data, as well as machine learning capabilities set up to vet the data as it comes in.
Examples of local government using blockchain are pretty hard to come by, but one city is testing the technology on property transactions.
Plus, Accela hires experts to advice local government in emerging areas, thread response company Centrallo raises $1.5M seed round, and more.
The startup, Statecraft, is in its early stages — but it's got some very big ideas.
The center is designed to help government address the tech issues in emerging areas such as environmental health and the regulation of legalized pot.
Plus, it's time for an UrbanOs, pairing cities with startups, and more.
A lot of statehouses will be changing hands after this year's elections, and with them will come a new wave of IT leaders.
Blackman has made investments and taken positions on several company boards since leaving Accela.
The city is trading one Top 25 winner for another.
Plus, Martin O'Malley joins ClearGov's board of directors, and Mapzen shuts down.
The former Maryland governor made a name for himself with data. Now he's going to help lead a startup built on data.
Three years in, more signs emerge that upstart tech companies see government as a legitimate market.
The money will help Voatz continue to test its mobile voting system in new places.
Mapzen's API and services will stop running on Feb. 1.
Making marijuana legal, a new spin on predictive policing, and more.
It's going to be a busy 2018 for Passport.
Plus, White House report ignores some of Oracle's key complains, Connecticut estimates half-million-dollar savings from open data, and more.
Public IT leaders worry that the end of net neutrality will harm their constituents, and are searching for solutions.
Plus, Dallas eyes city-county partnership on public safety radio modernization, with net neutrality vote looming, cities look to publicly owned internet options, and more.
Acivilate's funding round includes money from a public-private venture firm that the state of Georgia has capital invested in.
Plus, NEOGOV acquires online training company, legislators press for answers, Minnesota hires FAST to work on troubled system, and more.
Plus, Seattle uses SADA systems software to streamline construction work, Rhode Island, Tech companies work to bring the Caribbean online after hurricane, and more.
To lead the new Neighborly Investments effort, the company has brought in financial-sector veteran Christine Todd.
Plus, new transit fare systems sweep the nation, New Orleans data leader heads to Socrata, and more.
The former Wayne County, Mich., CIO will start his new position with the U.S.' fourth-largest county in January.
The company uses machine learning to suggest the most efficient use of resources. But it wants to offer more.
Plus, Virginia police collect crime tips through mobile app, cyberinsurance is gaining steam in state government, and more.
Govlaunch will ask local government officials to verify what technology they're using and submit use cases.
Plus, traffic accident prediction startup pulls in $2.3M seed round, Cubic wins half-billion-dollar contract for NYC transit payment overhaul, and more.
If the Internet is going to creep out into the nooks and crannies of the world, there are some questions government will need to answer.
A look at where the emerging technology of artificial intelligence-powered chatbots is headed.
Plus, traffic accident prediction start up raises $2.3m seed round, constituent engagement startup finishes $10k crowdfunding round, and more.
The company is in very early stages, but now it has some money to move forward.
It was a new twist on what started as a traditional procurement process.
Plus, CivicPlus buys BoardSync, Mark43 announces system for body cam video, plus more.
The company says the product will automatically match digital evidence with crime logs and case files in other systems.
OpenGov had a lot of tools to help government work better with itself. Now it wants to bring citizens further into the process.
Plus, Oracle's federal comments draw tech community criticism, DigitalTown makes sixth acquisition since 2015, and more.
Phillips brings a decade of information security experience to the job.
Many details of the hack remain unclear.
A company leader railed against open source coding, custom software, 18F and the U.S. Digital Service in comments to a White House council.
The company was already mapping permit and inspection data from other departments, but this is the first time it's worked with a fire department.
The platform, which emphasizes mobile devices, offers reminders and one-tap payment for government services.
Blockchain has the potential to bring online voting to the mainstream, but some experts worry security concerns outweigh its potential benefits.
Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, writes about pitfalls people make when trying to market to the public sector.
The move likely means rapid growth for Accela, starting with expansion into the European market.
The scale, timing and nature of the attack remain unclear.
The 10-21 Video service aims to bring police video recordings to cellphones, without the burden of storing it.
A contract, awarded to Inrix and StreetLight Data, will extend out to multiple state agencies and local governments, streamlining information sharing and improving the state's transportation network.
Plus, DigitalTown offers "stock" in websites to city residents, Henderson, Nev., develops a smart city strategic plan, and more...
This share transaction system, which would enable people to buy and sell digital stakes as they wish, will run on a blockchain.
Plus, how to win at gov tech, no more secret surveillance in local law enforcement, and more...
Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, talks about what winning looks like when selling to the public sector.
26 ways artificial intelligence is, or could, help government do its job.
Two brothers attending Stanford University are launching a civic engagement startup together.
Plus, an app that clears parking tickets is under legal scrutiny, Colorado is named the top state for online businesses and more...
Both companies work on digitization for local government, especially in the field of back-end automation, an area that has been underserved by gov-tech startups.
Plus, a company explores whether roads can pay for themselves, Granicus makes its first acquisition since merging with GovDelivery and more...
Neighborly wants to try a kind of risk-reducing bond to finance infrastructure projects that have an element of uncertainty to them.
Integrated Roadways is close to securing contracts for projects where they could test out "smart pavement" aimed at making roads financially self-sufficient.
Urban.Us wants to paint a clearer picture of the gov-tech startup ecosystem. So they're going straight to the source: the companies that make it up.
It's the first acquisition Granicus has made since merging with GovDelivery last year.
Plus, Munetrix sues Socrata, FiscalNote buys advocacy-focused firm VoterVoice and more...
Munetrix alleges in a lawsuit that Socrata went back on an agreement to work together to build a data system in Michigan.
Plus, a Texas marketing agency creates platforms for cities to launch Alexa skills, the Montgomery County, Va., Sheriff's Department tests smart bulletproof vests, and more...
Plus, data startup LiveStories raises $10 million, Chattanooga launches a Socrata data mapping application and more ...
Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, discusses how companies should proceed once they've gotten onto a government contract.
Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, discusses differences between RFPs and state- or county-wide contracts, and offers tips for companies looking to get their foot in the door.
The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.
The company is looking to stand out in a competitive niche.
Plus, DropCountr raises a $600K seed round, Nextdoor teams up with NOAA and more...
The firm thinks now is the time to be investing in public safety technology. One of the big reasons why? FirstNet.
It's the first time the company has turned to venture capital since its founding four years ago.
Plus, FAST wins a contract to modernize Oregon's DMV systems, Colorado's education transparency site garners mixed reviews and more...
In its first U.S. pilot, the startup plans to use AI software to predict accidents hours before they happen.
It's a huge contract that will quite literally bring the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles into a new century.
Plus, California's agile pilot project awards a key contract to CivicActions, Louisville offers its data through the IFTTT app, and more...
The company will serve a central role amid other vendors working to set up a new child welfare system for a project the state is watching as a possible new way of approaching tech.
Plus, Chicago looks for new procurement tech, titans of local gov pursue 911 texting and more...
The fund has added seven new companies in a relatively short period of time.
Plus, ShotSpotter beats IPO expectations, Pondera receives private equity backing and more ...
Plus, ShotSpotter hits the public market, Court Innovations secures a $1.8 million seed round and more ...
The company is moving past its roots as an open data company.
Plus California sets up three marijuana licensing systems, tips for designing with government employees in mind and more...
When voters in the state chose to legalize marijuana in November, they also gave the government a deadline by which they needed to start licensing cannabis businesses: Jan. 1, 2018.
An examination of the industry’s big players in the state and local government market.
Plus, ShotSpotter sets IPO targets, San Francisco's new and improved RFP, and more.
The company has retooled one of its existing products to meet government’s functionality and reporting needs.
Plus three things election tech officials are looking for, the transformational power of blockchain, and more...
The tech companies aren't political, but they're most definitely getting involved in elections.
The opportunity to build tech for elections is growing.
The company has been growing fast.
Plus CIOs talk cloud and procurement, states pilot a digital driver's license, and more ...
The transit planning company plans on using the money to help expand internationally.
Plus, a Gov Tech 100 company goes public, Los Angeles sets up an AI chatbot, and more...
At TiECon 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif., some gov tech leaders parceled out advice on how to successfully sell to the public sector.
Plus, a Silicon Valley tech conference embraces gov tech, a purchasing co-op signs a cloud access security broker and more ...
The conference is offering a free track on gov tech for the first time.
The company has a contract, but isn't saying much about what its work will be at the moment.
Automated DL is going through an accelerator program right now, focusing on cybersecurity. But that's not the only thing the company is thinking about.
The team is working on the project for its submission in the 2017 NYC BigApps competition.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has won a first-of-its-kind validation for format-preserving encryption.
The Bay Area city makes the 15th government the startup has a contract with.
The company is appropriating a tool for local government to use at the K-12 level.
The way state and local government buys technology is changing. But how?
The company is shifting its business model as it grows out its product offerings.
The company has named its new permanent chief executive.
CivicScape, now in the pilot test phase, thinks it can answer concerns about predictive policing.
The company wants to bring a Web analytics portal created at 18F and the U.S. Digital Service to state and local government — no coding required.
A look at where governments will open their wallets in 2017.
Goodbye, OpportunitySpace; hello, Tolemi. And BuildingBlocks. And Y Combinator.
Simple Connect is just getting its feet on the ground, but its ambitions are large.
Combining data sets to see which of the states that signed onto a cooperative cloud RFP have shown room to grow in buying cloud services.
Legalizing recreational marijuana has a broad range of policy implications for government. Do jurisdictions have the IT systems in place to deliver on the will of the voters?
AirMap thinks cities can use unmanned aircraft for a lot more than they are.
An Israeli firm that hopes to predict traffic accidents is expanding to the U.S.
Vendor Registry thinks it can make procurement less painful.
The company seeks to streamline the foster application process through automation and better process tracking.
Plus, resolution on what the name of the company will be.
Plus, end-of-year earnings for Amazon Web Services and a new government support unit at Verizon.
Plus, a digital security and privacy-focused investment from the Omidyar Network.
Will government tech advancements progress under President Donald Trump? Few answers, many questions.
Plus, a new vice president at mySidewalk.
Plus, a sneak peek at the new federal Web design standards and further efforts to encrypt government Web domains.
One organization's quest to pair data with a banjo.
Plus, Taser receives approval to launch a new police body camera.
Plus, a new data visualization partnership within federal government.
The product, Atom, can “learn” how to transform data on its own, and draw on Google’s proprietary traffic data taken from user’s mobile phones.
Plus, Socrata signs its first Alabama open data customer and Tyler Technologies wins an ERP bid in Texas.
Plus, data storytelling at the Department of Defense and a conversation about civic tech under the president-elect.
The federal agency wants to work quicker and more iteratively.
If a problem exists across departments or groups of people, collaboration is key to getting things done.
Take a look back at the major career changes of the year.
Plus, Boston is on the hunt for smart city ideas.
Plus, San Francisco releases a Startup in Residence playbook and Long Beach, Calif., welcomes a new innovation director.
Plus, new state police orders for TASER and 20 governments begin using new budgeting tool from OpenGov.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, an Accela departure, major merger in the gov tech space and the general election outcome took center stage.
Plus, meet the new round of Congressional Innovation Fellows.
In the third quarter of 2016, winners of the Digital States and Digital Counties surveys were announced, among many other things.
In the second quarter of 2016, social media, public-private partnerships, broadband and police data took center stage.
Nick Bowden has left the company he started, and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Hardy is taking his place.
In the first quarter of 2016, innovation, open data, Wi-Fi and the GovTech 100 list took center stage.
Plus, Q3 earnings for Itron and a customer signing for Accela.
Plus, San Francisco crowdsources feedback on tech spending.
According to our analytics, these are the stories readers most wanted to read in 2016 -- it’s a revealing look into the issues foremost on the minds of public-sector technology decision-makers.
A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.
The California city is preparing to move onto the next phase of innovation.
A weekly roundup of news in the government technology market.
A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.
Boundless is looking to create a license-free model for mapping tools.
A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.
This year’s top digital cities know data demands are only going to grow, and they want to be prepared.
How does a city make its data more accessible if the people who have the data are afraid to release it?
OpenGov's new open data product is launching for its first customer — the city of Denton, Texas.
There are often easier ways to do the things that government does.
What if people could apply for multiple services in one place?
What used to be multi-million-dollar work is now getting broken down at the local level.
The federal digital consultancy hasn't been meeting financial expectations, according to a report from the inspector general.
Venture capitalists, government-focused tech companies and nonprofits will gather in San Francisco this Thursday to consider the state of the trillion dollar gov tech industry.
The deal is happening with financial backing from Vista Equity Partners, which acquired the two companies within a couple months of each other.
The election, as well as overall technology trends, promise plenty of challenges in the new year.
The incoming chief data officer will focus on standardizing data and creating a more centralized system.
On the roster for the newly launched venture capital firm: a former Philadelphia mayor, a former chief data officer from Chicago and a New Jersey attorney general.
Florida's Miami-Dade County is getting ready for connected vehicles and ubiquitous intelligence.
A look inside a project that Santa Monica hopes represents the future.
Maury Blackman is leaving Accela. What does it mean for the company's future?
The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Communities Alliance is aiming to get energy-related programs at the local level off the ground, faster and smarter.
Tony Young, the governor's deputy chief of staff, will replace Flint Waters as the head of the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services.
The administration has offered up a model policy for states to follow when regulating self-driving cars.
Results of the 2016 Digital States Survey indicate that the effort states are putting into innovation, collaboration and aligning their investments with citizens' priorities has never been higher.
As New York City's Internet-connected kiosk program stumbles, Kansas City's is rolling along smoothly.
Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. are both launching Web portals aimed at helping businesses navigate complex systems of regulations. They are only the latest in a trend of business portal launches.
Transit data has been standardized, but not for everyone.
Transportation and electricity dominate the clean energy discussion today. But that's not the whole picture.
There's a lot to talk about when it comes to new transportation technology. But how much has actually changed?
The freight shuttle system is slated for its first commercial rollout at Houston's seaport.
An update to a free-to-use tool from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeks to make it easier for local government to prepare for a changing future.
Carpooling will become part of the company's services eventually, but for now, its pilot project has petered out.
Piezoelectric energy harvesters are unproven at scale, so the California Energy Commission wants to see just how much power they could produce.
The Bay State will redirect ride sharing money toward infrastructure and taxis.
Two major urban streetcar lines are doing more than planners expected.
Geographic information systems are becoming a tool for multiple stages in governments' fight against disease.
Self-driving truck company Otto showed off its automated semi-truck in Concord, Calif., on Aug. 4 while announcing the beginning of a testing program at GoMentum Station.
Solar sounds good, but what does it actually look like when a local government decides to set up some panels?
Solar sounds good, but what does it actually look like when a local government decides to set up some panels?
Solar sounds good, but what does it actually look like when a local government decides to set up some panels?
In order to put self-driving cars on the streets, auto makers must first prove themselves, speakers at an automated driving convention have argued.
The state's system operator has received federal approval to begin aggregating small-scale, disparate technology into coordinated groups.
The future will have a lot of data, and a number of transportation experts in both private industry and the public sector are pushing for a vast group of stakeholders to collaborate on setting up standards that make that data as useful as possible.
Microgrids are often pitched as a solution to power outages in very specific places. But in rural Alaska, they have an entirely different purpose. And the federal government is now funding research into improving those microgrids.
The Olli is ready to roll, and it may be used in the U.S. Transportation Department’s Smart City Challenge.
At the 2016 Intelligent Community Forum Summit, members explored what it means for cities that are essentially competitors in economic development to work together.
When government gets into the Internet business, things can get dicey. But Ohio has found a few ways to sidestep the ire of industry.
A look at two bold, sweeping approaches to solving local government's infrastructure problems.
Meet the people working to apply the principles of sustainability to poverty.
The Concord Naval Weapons Station is today a testing site for automated driving. In the future, its city and county want it to be much, much more.
A $50 million prize awaits one of seven cities testing the best ways to deploy intelligent transportation.
Water use can be more efficient, speakers at a symposium in California said May 23 — not just in terms of conservation, but in terms of doing more work for society.
IoT projects in cities grab most of the headlines, but there's a place for states.
In order for transportation to decarbonize, become more efficient and serve more people, an environment advocacy group has said that government must become a manager of systems.
The town that delivers more solar power per customer than any other in the country used batteries to get the job done. Could the same model work for other small towns and counties?
Researchers argue that if society is going to switch to automated driving, people must first trust the technology.
With an ever-expanding market of available alternative-fuel vehicles, one state agency in California is seeing new opportunities to go green.
The government-research collaboration network has tapped the former Maryland governor to help build out its reach across the U.S.
The first machine-to-machine networks from Ingenu have launched in Texas and California, but the company isn't stopping there.
Far from acting as competition for public transit, on-demand mobility has the potential to help connect more people with vehicles such as buses and trains. The Federal Transit Administration is looking to fund demonstrations of that concept.
Will vehicles ever be able to handle the complex and unpredictable challenges of driving without ever needing humans? One leader in the field is skeptical.
Even as the world of transportation technology rushes forward, two of the Golden State's largest cities are preaching evolution rather than revolution.
The map will add public transit to the list of transportation-related data available at the national level.
The city's i-team program will use interns to help speed up its economic development efforts.
Karamba Security has raised $2.5 million from private equity firms to develop software it says can prevent hackers from ever infiltrating a car's computers.
Emerging technology could mean many things for mobility. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation wants to make sure that technology serves to bring people together rather than push them apart.
The city has put in the first two of its planned network of 25 kiosks meant to help connect people to what's going on around them.
Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago
The Federal Highway Administration is planning to fund state efforts to find an alternative revenue source for transportation projects.
Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs will use the Smart City Challenge as a means to test out new products like a transportation analytics platform and Wi-Fi hotspots.
A U.S. Senate Committee heard testimony from private industry and academia on March 15 about potential issues with autonomous vehicles.
Seattle will likely be the first city in the U.S. outside of Chicago to participate in the project, which involves deploying a network of sensors around urban environments.
By predicting how much power each building in Boston will need during any given hour, the city hopes to transform its electrical grid.
Security robots, blockchain and other new services are looking for ways to serve government needs.
Where government has raw data, professors and researchers have expertise and analytics programs.
Electric and hydrogen fuel cell fuel vehicles are coming. How can the government help speed them along?
Systems connected: Data-gathering infrastructure, regulation, transportation, freight, state budgeting
Systems connected: Public transit, economic growth, ride-sharing
Local CIOs gathered in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Thursday to discuss what it means to be a smart city and how to position today's government for the future.
States, counties, cities and universities are all working to put self-driving cars on the road.
As private industry plows ahead to develop, test and deploy autonomous vehicles, there are differing views on where — and how — to draw the line between those cars and conventional ones.
While a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Google suggests that fully self-driving cars could pass safety inspections, it acknowledges that regulatory hurdles still remain.
In the fight to lure transportation companies testing emerging technologies to Las Vegas, the City Council has voted to open its downtown core to testing.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is working to help other cities smooth out regulations to make it easier for developers and vendors to build systems that reuse water for non-potable purposes.
Mayor Eric Garcetti met with the press Friday to announce the launch of GeoHub, which he described as one of the most complete municipal open mapping platforms in the country.
Using near-real-time data collection, researchers are demonstrating a way to improve states' ability to protect brittle roads from heavy vehicles at the end of winter.
At a public workshop in Sacramento, Calif., the auto industry pushed for the state to allow fully autonomous vehicles as opposed to the proposal that only lets cars drive themselves if a licensed driver is behind the wheel and ready to take over.
Government entities appear to be using maps more and more as a tool for creating useful applications. Here are seven ways they're doing it.
NASA and a group of corporate and academic partners are exploring a wide range of technologies that could make aircraft of the future far more fuel-efficient, including all-electric jet engines.
Three agencies in the two states have turned to private company INRIX to learn more about how traffic flows on public roads.
Working with a private company, the Colorado Department of Transportation's RoadX program will test out a pilot project that will deliver early alerts to drivers on Interstate 70.
Mandatory reports released Jan. 12 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles from seven companies testing self-driving cars on public roads in the state come amid a debate about whether cars should be able to drive themselves without a human present.
A group of government, nonprofit and engineering stakeholders in the Midwest has published a toolkit of "green infrastructure" templates meant to help prevent flooding.
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposes $3.1 billion in cap-and-trade spending, more than ever before.
California state government is the first to try out a tool from the U.S. General Services Administration and Environmental Protection Agency meant to give insight into which potential locations for new office space are more energy-efficient than others.
Bloomington, Ind.’s Web app provides renters with information that they otherwise might not consider, potentially leading to demands for better housing.
To improve the customer experience, the city’s curbside pickup information goes from Stone Age tech to cutting edge.
The Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 17 to allow Pacific Gas & Electric to charge its customers more when they leave to form renewable energy-focused electricity procurement plans.
The draft regulations require a licensed driver to be present in cars while in autonomous mode. Experts said on Wednesday that that move could put AVs on the road more quickly, but prevent their full benefit from being realized.
Though the regulations would allow autonomous vehicles on the road, they would delay some of the technology's possible uses.
Technology can only do so much if the people using it don't operate an efficient system.
El Niño will bring much-needed moisture to the Golden State. But how much of that moisture will the state be able to use?
Smart, connected, possibly self-driving vehicles are coming — and leaders trying to make them happen say cities can and should serve as accelerators for their development.
Westchester County, N.Y., is working to show the rest of the state that community-supported renewable energy makes sense.
From smart city investments and use of Bitcoin technology in government to the Ashley Madison and U.S. Office of Personnel Management hacks, news during the third quarter of 2015 didn't disappoint.
Three winners that used sensors and GPS trackers to gather various types of data were named following the 48-hour hackathon.
Using data from sensors placed throughout Los Angeles, a team of researchers at the University of Southern California have completed an impact study they say breaks new ground in traffic analytics.
The technological capability exists for the entire world to be powered with renewable energy, researchers have found. It's the political willpower that's in question.
Researchers at the university have developed a system to use the sun's heat in a cheap, efficient way and are working on demonstrating its uses.
The atlas lets users compare energy usage statistics across time, location, demographic and other factors.
A Portland, Ore.-based company called IOTAS hopes to roll out smart apartment technology across the nation in the coming year.
The incident may be the first time a police officer has pulled over a self-driving car.
The Lone Star State is pushing against federal efforts to cut carbon emissions, while simultaneously building itself up as an example of a leader in clean power and other greenhouse gas-reducing systems.
A local company won a hackathon in Richmond, Calif., by demonstrating the ability of mobile air quality sensors to give greater insight into local pollution.
The sample size is still small, but researchers from the University of Michigan have taken on the first public attempt to determine whether self-driving cars are safer than conventional vehicles.
Verizon's new platform is looking to jump-start the development and deployment of technology that will connect everyday objects.
Palo Alto, Redwood City and Los Gatos will use advanced sensor technology to improve downtown parking and pedestrian safety along school routes.
The Safeguarding California report calls on state agencies to take action to help the state adapt to a hotter climate.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy named some of the most populous states in the country as having made some of the biggest strides toward energy efficiency in a new report released Wednesday.
Facing big challenges from the United Nations, more than 70 groups have joined together to solve worldwide problems.
Pennsylvania is installing high-quality roadside sensors that can help guide road safety efforts.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles has released the details of nine crashes that have happened on public roads since September 2014, and will continue to release reports in the future.
According to a new report, installing battery packs in homes and businesses could help prevent blackouts and would save money during peak demand hours — and the feasibility of installing such systems may be increasing.
Senate Bill 350, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, calls for half the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2050.
Traffic problems are poised to worsen as the population grows and more people gravitate toward cities. But a lot of people in both the public and private sectors are working to find solutions.
The small project establishes a conceptual framework for deploying less-precise mobile sensors en masse, with the ultimate goal of allowing scientists to analyze the measurements, detect hot spots and understand trends over time.
Though researchers have projected huge energy generation capacity potential from offshore wind farms, the U.S. has yet to set up a single turbine.
World leaders will head into the Conference of Parties summit in Paris in December with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through 2030, but reports published this week suggest that those plans still don't do enough to limit global warming below a critical benchmark.
As the number of companies testing self-driving cars on public roads rises, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog says the public should have more information about the crashes those vehicles are getting into.
Leaders representing cities, states, state-equivalents and one country signed onto the “Under 2 MOU” in New York City on Thursday, along with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Several businesses and public entities have banded together to share camera feeds and sensor data in an effort to identify security threats early.
Environmentally friendly construction has grown consistently in recent years, even through the recession. Green construction advocates expect that trend to continue.
Proponents say Assembly Bill 802, the quieter companion to a controversial climate change bill, will force building owners to compete for tenants on energy efficiency.