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09/14/2020
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Lots of transit options in one app

The city of Georgetown, Delaware, announced earlier this month it will launch a yearlong pilot starting in 2021 to make public transportation more accessible for its residents. Starting next year, Georgetown’s 6,500 residents and seasonal tourists will be able to download Via Transportation, an app that integrates trip planning, booking and bus-tracking. Officials said the app will include virtually all of its transportation service schedules, including buses, dockless bicycles and scooters, on-demand shuttles and private taxi services.   Ryan Johnston reports.


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Denver voting on tech upgrades

The city council's Finance and Governance Committee last week approved a request for a five-year, $1.9 million contract with OpenCities, a Microsoft-affiliated software manufacturer that creates all-in-one software for local government. If approved by city council, the upgrade would mean wrangling content management for 25 agencies under a single platform. "More than half of the calls coming into our 311 contact center are really residents who can’t find what they’re looking to accomplish on Denvergov.org, so they get frustrated and kind of give up the effort and then just revert back to 311," the city's chief marketing officer, Jenny Schiavone, said. Ryan has the details.


Former Illinois IT chief Ron Guerrier joins HP as global CIO

Former Illinois Chief Information Officer Ron Guerrier announced last week he's joining Hewlett-Packard as the computing giant’s global chief information officer. The move to marks a return to the corporate sector after about 20 months with the State of Illinois. Before his March 2019 appointment by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Guerrier spent nearly 20 years in IT roles with several Fortune 500 firms. "When an iconic technology company — that literally seeded Silicon Valley and is synonymous with innovation — asked me join as their Global Chief Information Officer it was a no brainer,” he wrote in a LinkedIn post explaining the move. Benjamin Freed has more.


Utah's connected vehicle project advances

The Utah Department of Transportation recently wrapped up the first phase of a five-year deal with Panasonic to roll out connected vehicle technology on its roadways. Officials said things are going well, but budget concerns and questions about access to wireless spectrum could bar progress. "Ultimately for this to really be effective, every car on the road should have and needs to have this communications equipment," said Blaine Leonard, a transportation technology engineer who leads UDOT’s connected vehicle programs. Colin Wood reports.


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