Plus, FAST wins a contract to modernize Oregon's DMV systems, Colorado's education transparency site garners mixed reviews and more...
Las Vegas Awards Accident Prediction Startup Its First Pilot The city's transportation officials are facing down a growth spurt as two professional sports teams and a host of new casinos set up shop in town. This year, they will become the first city to give the WayCare startup a try. WayCare's six-month paid pilot will test an AI-powered platform that aims to predict accidents and congestion.
FAST Wins Contract to Modernize Oregon's Old DMV Systems They're so old, in fact, that they predate the birth of Mark Zuckerberg and the Ronald Reagan presidency. A Gov Tech 100 company gets to bring the Oregon DMV into the new century.
An Oregon County Turns to Amazon for AI Facial Recognition Washington County, Ore., is using Amazon Rekognition to build facial recognition capabilities into its existing databases.
Colorado Education Transparency Site Garners Mixed Reviews Some say the Colorado Department of Education's new site, built by BrightBytes, helps parents and students understand the state's school options. Others say it fails to capture the nuances of education funding.
Portland, Maine, Launches Passport Mobile App, Paired with Price Hike The city is using the mobile app to allow citizens to feed parking meters using their phones and receive alerts when their time is almost up. It's launching the app in tandem with a price increase for parking.
Fredericksburg, Va., Police and Fire Set Loose the Drones The city's use of drones follows a report that more than 300 state and local public safety jurisdictions have bought the unmanned aircraft in recent years.
How Far Have Counties Shifted Toward the Cloud? Though a few have put quite a bit of their systems and applications into the cloud, there remains a lot of work to be done.
GovTech companies on our radar this week:
SocialCoin: This Barcelona-based startup uses blockchain-based "coin" rewards to encourage citizens to participate in projects for the larger civic good. The company plans a civic engagement tool for cities in September.
Terminus Technologies: This China-based company provides hardware and software for city-focused Internet of Things initiatives. Terminus just raised the USD equivalent of $73 million in a Series A round.
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A Chat with the CEO of NextDoor(Startups.co)
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