Huawei seeks to overturn FCC ban on the use of government funds to purchase its equipment

Huawei | December 04, 2019

Huawei is looking to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that bars a government fund from being used to buy equipment from the Chinese telecommunications giant. Last month, the FCC banned the use of the $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF) to purchase equipment and services from companies that pose a national security threat. The regulator designated Huawei and ZTE as companies covered by this rule.

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nformational video for participants of the Adopt-A-Highway program on what to do - and what not to do - to stay safe while helping clean up Wisconsin's roads. Adopt-A-Highway website; http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-b.

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nformational video for participants of the Adopt-A-Highway program on what to do - and what not to do - to stay safe while helping clean up Wisconsin's roads. Adopt-A-Highway website; http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-b.

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Bonfire Releases Open Access Community Projects, Now Free to Government and Public Sector Procurement Teams Everywhere

Bonfire Interactive Inc. | December 02, 2021

Bonfire Interactive Ltd. , a business unit of GTY Technology and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software for the public sector, today announced it has officially released Bonfire Open Access Community Projects. This new procurement tool—free to anyone working in public sector purchasing—provides access to an extensive database of public projects from across North America to streamline the RFx creation process. “Procurement teams can get requests for nearly anything, from pothole patching to software solutions to PPE . When facing new or unfamiliar projects, it’s not uncommon for purchasing agents to spend a lot of time—sometimes hours—searching Google for templates. That is not an effective use of procurement teams’ time, and going into 2022, it’s going to be downright unsustainable. Our data found that public agencies ran 39% more projects in 2021 compared to 2020, and with the Biden administration’s newly-approved Build Back Better infrastructure funding, we believe that number will skyrocket. We’re making Bonfire Open Access Community Projects free to all public procurement teams everywhere, making it easy to access resources from their peers and help reduce the time and effort spent drafting RFP documents.” Omar Salaymeh, CEO of Bonfire Bonfire Open Access Community Projects is a free, searchable repository of tens of thousands of public projects from Bonfire’s growing database of over 500 North American public sector agencies. Procurement professionals can use the tool to easily search for and review just about any public project and access all supporting bid documents. Teams will have access to best-in-class examples of successful RFP events to model their own projects, eliminating the need to create new RFPs from scratch, or conduct a tedious online search for general templates. “The biggest challenge we face in public procurement today is ensuring we can continue to build quality RFPs in less time, especially with the surge in project volume we’re experiencing. And that means getting the right information together for a new RFP from the start,” said Maija Lampinen, Procurement and Contracts Manager at the Port of Everett, Washington. “With Community Projects, we’ve been able to easily search for similar projects run by other agencies, see how they structured their projects, and leverage supporting documentation to use as templates. It’s making a big impact on how we run our projects and the time it saves us during RFP creation.” “Even before it officially launched, we already had so many public procurement professionals from across North America pre-register for Bonfire Open Access Community Projects,” said Salaymeh. “It just affirms that our new product offering is meeting a real need felt by procurement teams everywhere.” The launch of Bonfire Open Access Community Projects was first announced at NIGP Forum back in August, where attendees could sign up to be first in line to access the portal. In addition to the freely available Open Access Community Projects, Bonfire also released a version for current customers earlier this year. About Bonfire Interactive Inc. Bonfire Interactive Inc. (“Bonfire”) is a business unit of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software. Bonfire empowers organizations to find the right vendors and make the right purchasing decisions with ease and confidence. With tools to support the entire vendor lifecycle (sourcing, contract management, and vendor performance), Bonfire goes beyond traditional mechanics of standard procurement suites to make complex decision-making easy. The combination of flexible technology and world-class customer service makes Bonfire the solution of choice for both public and private sector organizations. Bonfire is an award-winning solution recognized by industry-leading outlets including Gartner, GovTech, Spend Matters, Best in SaaS,, and the International Business Awards. About GTY Technology Holdings Inc. GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) brings leading government technology companies together to achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management. Through its six business units, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spend; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services.

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Yext Expands Public Sector Efforts with New AI Search Solutions and Team Hires

Yext | November 15, 2021

Yext, Inc. , the AI Search Company, today announced a suite of AI search solutions designed to help government agencies modernize and streamline digital experiences across channels. Recent mandates like the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) have required government agencies to improve the customer experience on their websites. A recent Yext study* about consumers' interactions with government agencies online supports the case for these investments: when a government agency provides an excellent overall experience on their website, constituents are more likely to seek official information or advice from that agency in the future (54%), speak well of the agency (42%), and comply with the agency's directives (36%). "The signing of the 21st Century IDEA put the public sector's need for improved digital experiences into full view. Now more than ever, government agencies are looking for technology that will quickly and easily set them up to serve constituents more effectively online. Our growing team is so excited to show them the potential they can unlock with Yext's powerful Public Sector AI search solution set, a one-stop shop for all of their CX needs." Laurie "LC" Cook, Vice President of Public Sector at Yext Yext's public sector solutions incorporate the same powerful Answers AI search technology in the COVID-19 info hubs that the company implemented for the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. State Department, and the States of New Jersey and Alabama earlier in the pandemic. The solution set includes: Self-Service Portal: Overwhelmingly, when people have questions or customer service issues related to a civil or government topic, they prefer to find information on their own (78%)* — and with Yext's Support Answers self-service portal, they can. This AI-powered control center supports a one-click experience that allows constituents to self-serve with direct answers to their customer service questions. Site Search: If people fail to find information on their own when searching on a government agency's website, they typically choose another more labor- or cost-intensive channel (48%),* like calling or emailing the agency's customer service department. Agencies can bypass unnecessary support costs and empower constituents to find the information they're looking for on their website with Yext's Marketing Answers site search solution, which applies the most advanced natural language processing (NLP) to understand and answer questions with an agency's own FAQs, guides, videos, ebooks, and more. Reputation Management: Constituent reviews are one the best benchmarks for government agencies to gauge progress for improving their digital customer experience. With Yext's reputation management solution, agencies can optimize their online reputation by monitoring, responding, and generating reviews across platforms from one centralized location. SEO: A majority of people (57%)* prefer search engines like Google or Bing when searching for information to help them understand or resolve civil- or government-related issues, which makes it that much more critical for government agencies to make sure their information is appearing on third-party sites (and accurately so). Yext's SEO-optimized FAQ pages are designed to surface in search results, enabling agencies to extend their customer experience and answer constituent questions before they even reach their website. While expanding its public sector product offering, Yext has also been building out its public sector sales organization under Laurie "LC" Cook, the company's Vice President of Public Sector. Cook's team now includes the following new hires: Geoffrey Glaser as Senior Director of Federal, State & Local Government and Education (SLED), and Healthcare Vernon Aldershoff as Senior Director of Public Sector Sales Christina Day as Director of Public Sector Sales David Hernandez as Director of Federal Sales About Yext Yext is the AI Search Company and is on a mission to transform the enterprise with AI search. With the explosion of information and data online, search has never been more important. However, while the world of consumer search has innovated over time, enterprise search has not. In fact, the majority of enterprise search is powered by outdated keyword search technology that only scans for keywords and delivers a list of hyperlinks rather than actually answering questions.

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FAA Approves Fully-Automated Commercial Drone Flights

American Robotics | January 21, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unexpectedly approved completely automated business drone trips by American Robotics. The organization's Scout System™ highlights progressed acoustic Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) innovation that empowers its robots to keep a protected separation from other airplane consistently. Approval archives distributed on the FAA site said that American Robotics proposed to station the Scout UA in fields at pre-reviewed destinations for broadened lengths, performing flight activities without the need to have a pilot co-situated nearby with the little UA. Tasks under the mentioned exception would just happen in Class G airspace in regions having light air traffic, in sunshine visual meteorological conditions (VMC), and would be restricted to 400 feet over the ground level (AGL). Singular missions would happen inside the limits of controlled admittance farmland (or comparative provincial, controlled-access conditions) claimed or constrained by American Robotics' clients. By building up a layered, repetitive arrangement of wellbeing that incorporates exclusive specialized and operational danger alleviations, American Robotics had the option to demonstrate that completely automated business drone flights can be directed securely in the National Airspace System (NAS), in any event, when it conducts trips Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) of the administrator. The approval of completely automated business drone flights speaks to a vital emphasis point in the business. Earlier waivers and certificates granted by the FAA required visual eyewitnesses (VOs) positioned along the flight way to keep eyes on the airspace consistently or required other oppressive limitations, for example, framework covering. Thus, the worth and versatility of business drone use in the U.S. have, up to this point, been radically repressed or by and large dispensed with. “With these approvals, American Robotics is ushering in a new era of widespread automated drone operations,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics. “Decades worth of promise and projection are finally coming to fruition. We are proud to be the first company to meet the FAA’s comprehensive safety requirements, which had previously restricted the viability of drone use in the commercial sector. We are very grateful for the FAA’s willingness to work closely with American Robotics over the past four years on this precedent-setting authorization. With this set of approvals, American Robotics can begin safely operating our automated Scout platform for the benefit of the energy, infrastructure, agriculture, and security market verticals, helping unlock the projected $100 billion commercial drone market.” “Moreover, the operations will achieve a reduction in environmental impact, as they will involve a small aircraft carrying no passengers or crew, rather than a manned aircraft of significantly greater size. Given these considerations, the small [unmanned aircraft systems] UAS operation the petitioner will conduct under this exemption is in the public interest,” the FAA said.

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