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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.

As transit agencies face employee shortages, an Israeli firm is selling AI-powered software to better match drivers with preferred shift. The goal is to improve retention and morale and make routes more efficient.
The startup, founded by a state procurement veteran, just raised $10 million as it seeks to carve out a place for itself via ratings and reviews in public agency contracting. What’s behind this push and what comes next?
The product release comes as more departments seek out augmented and virtual reality technology to sharpen the skills of first responders. That has led to more money flowing into this growing area of gov tech.
As artificial intelligence gains ground among governments, firefighters and other first responders could soon depend much more upon the technology. As the market grows, various companies are gearing up in different ways.
As more public agencies turn to digital tools, Google has released a new cloud-based resource to help government agencies and universities set up cloud environments for the development and testing of new technology.
The SaaS company Balancing Act, which sells budget simulation software, now has a similar tool for local housing plans. The company aims to boost public engagement in cities as pressure mounts for affordable dwellings.
This week's InState GovTech Summit in Austin featured tech vendors discussing how to crack the growing public-sector market. The founder of PayIt described what’s changing as governments increasingly turn to startups.
At the InState GovTech Summit in Austin, a panel of venture capitalists was optimistic about the ongoing trend of growth and investment in public-sector technology, particularly among startups and newer companies.
The fresh capital will help Comtech Telecommunications continue building its networks and upgrading emergency dispatch services. The investment coincides with the rising popularity of cloud-based dispatch tools.
Through a new partnership, HdL aims to help local governments in populous North Texas create innovative tools for financial and revenue management. The move comes as those agencies await federal infrastructure money.
Artificial intelligence made few gains during the pandemic, Gartner finds, even as more agencies turn to chatbots. Confusion about the technology and anxiety among government workers are among the main hurdles.
Despite calls to increase diversity in gov tech contracting, women and minority business owners still struggle to break through. A young incubator called Hutch offers lessons in how to get more voices into procurement.
A new study, combined with previous research, illustrates the challenges and opportunities that come with digital payments and prepaid cards. But cheaper transaction methods involve more than just payments.
The young company, with roots in Barack Obama’s second presidential campaign, helps governments and others use data to make policy decisions. The new funding reflects the public sector’s rising use of such tools.
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.