From the New York City Technology Forum: AI Chatbots and IoT Plans At the New York City Technology Forum last week, leaders from government and industry gathered to talk about the latest trends and ideas. Our coverage included a vision of artificial intelligence-powered chatbots replacing government mobile apps and thoughts on how to lead government into the Internet of Things the right way.
Traffic Accident Prediction Startup Pulls in $2.3M Seed Round WayCare is already working to test its software, which uses machine learning to predict traffic accidents and congestion, in Las Vegas. Now it has $2.3 million more in equity capital, and it intends to use it to test in more places. Cubic Wins Half-Billion-Dollar Contract for NYC Transit Payment Overhaul Goodbye MetroCard, hello smartphone payments. The Big Apple has decided to award a contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to rework the way people pay fare for buses and the subway. OpenDataSoft Builds 500 Data Portals for Mid-Sized Cities In a move echoing the strategy of fellow data company ClearGov, OpenDataSoft has launched more than 500 open data portals for cities around the U.S. They'll include a common set of information, but cities can subscribe to adopt those portals and enhance them. MARKET SPOTLIGHT People Want the Government to Secure the Internet of Things That's according to a survey from Gemalto, which concluded that people and organizations are worrying about IoT security, want the government to do something about it and become more trusting of the technology once it's secured. WATCHLIST GovTech company on our radar this week:
BasicGov Systems: SaaS permitting, licensing, inspection, code enforcement and land management based on the Salesforce platform.
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WHAT WE'RE READING
Why Government Needs More Services Designers (Technical.ly Philly)
GSA'S Blockchain Blockbuster (Steve Kelman/Harvard Kennedy School of Government)
Time to Start Thinking About Drones (Jonathan Reichental/City of Palo Alto)
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