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Thad Rueter

Thad Rueter

Thad Rueter writes about the business of government technology. He covered local and state governments for newspapers in the Chicago area and Florida, as well as e-commerce, digital payments and related topics for various publications. He lives in New Orleans.

A few years ago, the state decided to create what amounts to a marketplace for government technology. Now, one of Virginia’s tech leaders details how that model is helping to save money and innovate.
The latest product from the growing government technology vendor reflects advances in connecting multiple agencies. RapidSOS says the tool could increase access to real-time data and speed up emergency responses.
Citizen surveys made gains during the pandemic, and now the Israeli startup wants to ditch paper and phone responses in favor of a totally online experience that is also statistically sound.
In an exclusive interview, CEO Mark Hynes talks about what’s next for his company during this busy time for gov tech vendors, and what it takes to achieve scale. He also explains what that means for public agencies.
The move combines two software providers for first responders, with technology that covers a wide range of tasks. The deal comes amid an ongoing wave of recent M&A activity in the government technology space.
The partnership with what3words could help more first responders better locate emergency callers, including in hard-to-define spots such as parks, parking lots and areas with poor mobile service.
A Texas startup has started selling drones and software designed to give police, fire and medical workers a better view of emergency scenes. The move comes amid a broader push to improve dispatch technology.
The latest acquisition in government technology could help agencies better fulfill records requests from citizens and others. Those requests have increased significantly during the pandemic.
A new product could make it easier for municipalities to plan capital projects and budgeting. The product launch comes as an infrastructure bill makes its way through the federal government.
A company called Rescu says it can enable people to get quicker help in emergencies — and help governments improve 911 services. The tool joins other efforts at upgrading dispatch tech in this increasingly mobile age.
The new funding, guided by a major Florida politician, could help spark more activity around local and state technology deployments. It’s another sign of increasing activity in this space this year.
The Coalition for Urban Innovation includes tech vendors such as Sidewalk Labs, planning groups and others. They will push for federal investment in cities as they face climate change and other challenges.
The funding is among the latest signs of growth for government-centric subscription software. Esper’s platform allows a single collaboration point for policymakers, potentially removing friction from the process.
The acquisition of MUNIRevs stands as the first major deal for the new Kofile subsidiary. The deal also gives GovOS a presence in the short-term rental space, which is trying to recover from the pandemic.
As local and state officials get more sophisticated about software, companies are buying peers and competitors in a push unlike any yet seen. Experts explain what’s happening and what it means for governments.
ITsimple’s newest product aims to provide what amounts to a mobile safe space for residents and law enforcement to interact. The launch of the tools comes amid recent hurdles for many community policing efforts.
The gunshot detection tech provider faces serious controversy in Chicago. But the company keeps on growing and has big plans for the coming months, thanks in part to fresh product offerings.
During the pandemic, 311 services became more important to citizens and governments alike. Now, companies such as Zencity are crafting platforms that offer more efficiency and accountability than before.
Emergency workers and communication centers can use new technology to ensure quick and accurate responses. Connecting those agencies with more software providers would help with those efforts.
With millions at risk of eviction, the company’s tools can help public agencies better target people in need of government assistance. The key? Neighborhood-level data that is updated quickly.
The pandemic and consumer trends have fueled fresh deployments of payment technology for bills, taxes and fees. Can local and state government find new savings via online and mobile transactions?
With DemandStar and other tech providers reporting big recent growth, the future shines brightly for digital procurement services at the state and local levels. But look out for Amazon — maybe.
Even amid calls to "defund the police," agencies are buying new technology, boosting efficiency and enabling new types of reporting. Mark43 aims to be a major global player in this industry.
As cities look beyond the pandemic, a Silicon Valley startup secures funding as it helps local officials better manage scooters, deliveries and other challenges. Data modeling combined with open source technology is key.
The pandemic stretched municipal revenues even further, but tech and financing provider Quantela aims to provide backing for Wi-Fi, LED streetlights and other projects. Now the company has $40 million of fresh capital.
The gov tech software firm has bought Data Preservation Solutions in a deal that will help Kofile offer more digital documentation services to local governments. Kofile already serves 3,000 government clients.
During his career with the Virginia city, he helped connect residents and witnessed the rise of cybersecurity and AI. He talks about what’s next for gov tech, and why local leaders should look to Disney for inspiration.
The company got its start just as small businesses were struggling to stay afloat during shutdowns. Here’s how it has worked with governments on economic development in an unprecedented moment in history.