These NewCo's are digitizing gov
Government inefficiencies are no secret and often times are the result of outdated systems. It's difficult for government agencies to keep up with technology, but these companies are trying to solve the technology gaps, nonetheless.
Seamless Docs (Seamless Gov)
"The most seamless way to a paperless government. We specialize in working with governments to convert all their PDFs and forms into fillable, smart & secure online versions that can be completed and eSigned from any device. You have form problems, we have solutions."
"Transit Labs uses real-time transportation analytics to help agencies operate their systems more efficiently, get more funds, and report necessary information to governments. We enable operators, planners, and executive leadership to evaluate historical performance, make real-time decisions, and model future service and economic activity."
"ClearGov was launched in June of 2015 with the goal of helping average citizens better understand how their tax dollars are spent and how their local government is performing. Our vision is that through better understanding citizens will want to get more involved in their local government and help drive positive change. We also believe that a vast majority of local governments officials have these same goals in mind, but lack the tools to efficiently communicate with their community. So we developed tools to support governments in their effort to promote transparency and collaboration with citizens. Our platform opens new lines of communication and allows governments to tell their story like never before."
"We’re a cloud-based software company focused on helping government organizations democratize access to data and use it to improve transparency, citizen service, and fact-based decision-making."
Startups and innovative businesses are on the forefront of helping government agencies achieve government innovation 2.0. While many bodies have been charged with innovative missions; there is a lack of cohesiveness among stakeholders and existing systems. Good ideas are solving these problems one at a time.
The impact the government has on its constituents from leveraging big data and actionable analytics should only get more desirable as more information, people places, and things are connected. (VARTECH Solution Session "Government: Opportunities in Smart Cities and IoT")
In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security will co-sponsor the Global City Teams Challenge. Central to the initiative is establishing proven smart cities practices and technology that can be replicated in cities around the world.
The House voted to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to permit deployment of up to 100,000 of the vehicles annually over the next several years.
Data allows us to make optimized decisions that don’t rely on gut feelings or assumptions but instead on real-results and actionable insights. Smart Cities will have HUGE data requirements. With that in mind, we must correct the course of big data planning to avoid death by data overload and silos of data sets. Thematically, we must consider:
Smart Cities, connected campuses, and advanced facilities are all leveraging advanced technology and IoT to create better experiences and optimize efficiencies. We are working together to open source agile, secure, interoperable technology standards and a supportive planning framework for municipal leaders. Interested in learning more or getting involved? Join us!
Smart City solutions should always do at least one of these three things: cut costs, create value, and/or generate revenue. In doing so, Smart City solutions will help alleviate strained municipal budgets while integrating advanced technology and the Internet of Things into our systems and infrastructure. These solutions will create open and transparent government, informed and engaged citizens, optimized public transit and public works solutions, healthier living environments, and equitable opportunities for residents regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers.
We are excited to host leadership from Mastercard's Center for Inclusive Growth at The Smart Regions Conference this Fall. If you're not familiar, Mastercard is creating new and exciting ways to connect NGO's, academia, businesses, and government - which is why they're such a great Venture Smarter partner!
smartLINK and Telensa are partnering up in regions throughout the United States to streamline smart city solutions and the integration of the internet of things into our municipal infrastructure.
“Panasonic is one of the iconic brands of the digital era. Combining their nearly hundred year history with our team’s creativity and design capabilities will create remarkable opportunities for innovation,” TransitScreen CEO Matt Caywood said in a statement. “With Panasonic as our hardware, solutions, and integration partner, we will have the chance to bring our human-centric technologies to a national scale.”
Venture Smarter shares Bloomberg’s view that cities will determine the direction of the United States. That’s why Venture Smarter is committed to the philosophy of smart cities and the mission of democratizing smart city planning. Building a smart city is a team effort, but effective leadership is a critical component to any smart city success story.