KDVZ Rhein-Erft-Rur concludes framework agreement with Polyteia

The municipal special-purpose association kdvz Rhein-Erft-Rur concludes a framework agreement with the GovTech startup Polyteia. In the future, the 33 member municipalities of the kdvz association area in North Rhine-Westphalia will be able to use the data-based solutions of the Berlin-based IT company for better decisions and planning processes.

Berlin/Frechen, November 29, 2021 – Data can play a key role in helping municipalities improve the lives of their citizens. However, many administrations in Germany are still in the early stages of using data. Although they already collect large amounts of data, they also face the challenge of using this data for decision-making and planning processes.

With its products, the GovTech startup Polyteia offers the appropriate solutions for these challenges by automatically merging, cleansing and visualizing data from different specialized procedures via interfaces. The kdvz Rhein-Erft-Rur is now signing a framework agreement with Polyteia to support its municipalities in the use of data across the board. The association’s municipalities include the city of Frechen, the city of Jülich and the district administration of Euskirchen.

“With Polyteia, we are pleased to sign one of the first framework agreements with a GovTech startup nationwide,” said kdvz Managing Director Christian Völz. “We are convinced of the solutions and want to enable our member municipalities to establish more data-based decisions and processes, for example in the areas of demographics, personnel management or school development. At the same time, we support Polyteia in providing data.”

“For decades, kdvz has enjoyed a high level of trust as a high-performance service provider and partner in IT challenges for municipalities in the region,” adds Faruk Tuncer, Managing Director of Polyteia. “With central competence and expertise in the procurement of software solutions and the provision of data from specialist systems, kdvz is the ideal partner to make our product and solution portfolio profitably available to the user:inside.”


As an IT service provider, the Zweckverband Kommunale Datenverarbeitungszentrale (kdvz) Rhein-Erft-Rur is the partner and first point of contact for 33 local governments in all matters relating to information technology for the public sector.


Faruk Tuncer discusses with federal CIO at Initiative D21 GovTech panel

On October 25, 2021, the D21 network met at the GovTechCampus Germany in Berlin for the GovTalk Special. The Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location Austria and Initiative D21 had invited to an exclusive presentation of the D-A-CH country comparison in the current eGovernment MONITOR with a focus on the figures from Austria.

Moderated by Nils Hoffmann, the panel included Federal CIO Dr. Markus Richter and Austrian Federal Minister Dr. Margarete Schramboeck in discussion with D21 Managing Director Lena-Sophie Müller and two representatives from startups in the GovTech scene: Dinah Schmechel and Faruk Tuncer. How Austria and the GovTech scene are already driving innovation in the field of digital government was a central topic.

Polyteia closes successful seed financing round

Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures (DvH Ventures) is investing a seven-figure sum in Berlin-based GovTech startup Polyteia. Other investors in the seed round include family office Bool Capital. Polyteia is a SaaS and data startup for the public sector that simplifies and accelerates the decision-making process in public administration at the municipal, state and federal levels.

Polyteia provides government agencies with a data infrastructure that enables them to improve and accelerate their decision-making capabilities. For example, real-time data from different departments such as health protection, school and social services can be linked together. Until now, data silos have mostly prevented rapid decision-making because existing data can only be processed, aggregated and contextualized manually. There simply aren’t enough staff to take on the task of making quick decisions. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Peter Richarz

Managing Partner DvH

The increasing staff shortage in the public sector as well as the far-reaching EU data protection directives and digitalization strategies are a favorable environment for Polyteia to rapidly expand across Europe. The control platform provides the public sector with a secure and easy-to-use solution to address exactly these current challenges. As the only end-to-end solution on the European market, Polyteia has a large lead over potential competitors in terms of time and, above all, technology, and can build on a scalable business model with an effective sales strategy. In addition, the management team has many years of experience and a high level of expertise in the dynamically growing area of government technology and contributes with its products to strengthening the technological performance and sovereignty of the state, administration and democracy in Germany.

Polyteia’s existing customers include the cities of Solingen and Goslar, and the states of Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein. For example, the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Education uses Polyteia to decide which schools need to be closed due to the Covid 19 infection situation. A manual evaluation of the daily reported infection figures of all schools in the state would not allow a reasonably fast reaction of the state.

Our goal with Polyteia is to build the leading data platform for the public sector in Europe and thus contribute to faster and better decisions at all levels of administration. With DvH Ventures and Bool Capital, we have gained strong partners who will support us with capital, reach and technical know-how to further expand our platform and make it accessible to other countries in Europe.

Faruk Tuncer

Gründer und CEO (Polyteia)

Polyteia was founded by Faruk Tuncer in collaboration with Berlin-based corporate studio Bonum Ventures. Faruk Tuncer (Founder & CEO) was previously an officer in the strategy department of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), where he was responsible for local politics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Free University of Berlin and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance. In addition, Faruk Tuncer is a member of the talent committee of the social enterprise JoinPolitics, where he works to promote young political talent, and of the initiative “2hearts”, which promotes cultural diversity in the tech scene of tomorrow.

Polyteia supports Schleswig-Holstein in Corona crisis management

Whether incidence values, case numbers or R-values – a proper data basis is elementary for the management of the Corona pandemic. In most cases, however, data are scattered in silos, making it much more difficult to assess the crisis situation on the ground on a daily basis. This also applies to the education sector. In Schleswig-Holstein, schools reported their caseloads by e-mail in a PDF form. Manually collating this data took a lot of time and made it difficult to respond quickly. 

The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Kiel is therefore the first Ministry of Education in Germany to take a completely digital approach: with the help of Polyteia’s data platform, impairments to school operations and infection events such as confirmed Corona cases, quarantine or distance learning have been digitally recorded, aggregated and visualized on a daily basis since December 2020. 

The more than 700 schools in Schleswig-Holstein conveniently enter their data on current infection incidence in a web application. The data collected in this way is then linked with the state’s school statistics to create a digital situation report. In a compact dashboard, the Minister of Education and her crisis team then obtain a quick overview of the situation with key figures, diagrams and tables. The Ministry of Education is also making the dashboard available to the public with immediate effect in order to provide media representatives and citizens with transparent information about the situation.

“An up-to-date and reliable database is essential for our crisis management during the pandemic,” emphasizes Minister Karin Prien. This is not just a matter of collecting pure infection data, such as that received by the health authorities. Rather, school supervisors must be able to react if the maintenance of school operations is endangered by local outbreak events. “With Polyteia’s data platform, we now have the necessary digital tool for data-based management of measures at our fingertips, which relieves the burden on both the schools and our employees in the ministry.” The development process was very agile and the application was ready for use and rolled out to all schools within a few weeks.

“As part of this innovation partnership with the state of Schleswig-Holstein, we have created a reference solution for Corona crisis management in the education system that can be scaled to all German states,” adds Polyteia CEO Faruk Tuncer.

The dashboard can be accessed via the following direct link from any web browser: https://schuldashboard.sh.polyteia.de

Polyteia founder discusses practical examples of successful data use at KGSt’s Digital Community Congress

Together with Marc Groß, Program Area Manager Organizational and Information Management at KGSt, Polyteia founder Faruk Tuncer moderated the workshop Data, Data, Data at the completely virtual congress “Digitale Kommune Unplugged” from the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne on November 26.

Workshop participants included speakers from the cities of Goslar, Ulm and the district of Pinneberg, who presented exciting examples of municipal data use that are already in use. Oliver Kasties, Head of Central Services at the City of Goslar, gave a live tour of the Polyteia personnel module, among other things, which Goslar has used to put personnel management and reporting for the city council on a new footing.

Polyeia hosts panel at Smart Country Convention 2020

At the virtual Smart Country Convention 2020, Polyteia brought together exciting speakers on the panel of the Deep Dive Session “Ways into the data-based city hall”. Brigitte Lutz (City of Vienna), Dieter Rehfeld (regio it), Dirk Wagner (City of Solingen) and Gerhard Hammerschmid (Hertie School Berlin) discussed, among other things, the key findings of the study “Good Data. Gute Verwaltung.”, which Polyteia published together with the Hertie School in September 2020.

Brigitte Lutz reported on the factors that made the data strategy in Vienna a success, and Dirk Wagner outlined how the city of Solingen wants to make its employees fit in terms of data literacy. Despite some technical difficulties, some of the audience members were able to ask the panelists their questions at the end.

KGSt and Polyteia develop joint data model for personnel management in crisis situations

KGSt and Polyteia use a practical example to show what a data model for the staff planning of priority services of a municipality can look like in the event of a pandemic. The evaluation of data from specialized procedures in connection with the prioritization of processes or services makes it possible to maintain the functionality of the administration and to act effectively.

To derive the greatest possible benefit from administrative data generated in processes, data fields must be standardized. This also makes key figures comparable across municipalities. A framework for administrative data could set a standard here, despite the heterogeneity of specialized procedures, users and approaches.

You can find the KGSt thought provoking here.

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Polyteia provides COVID-19 monitor for counties and cities

The rapid spread of COVID-19 is currently posing major challenges to administrations at all levels worldwide. In order to constantly evaluate protective measures and at the same time maintain critical functions of municipal services, decision-makers in the crisis team need continuously updated and comparable figures from their district.

For this purpose, Polyteia has developed the web-based, free COVID-19 Monitor, which compiles raw data from the Robert Koch Institute at the district level and presents it clearly on one page as a compact situation report. This allows members of crisis teams to see at a glance how new infections are developing and the total number of cases. The monitor also provides information on the doubling rate or the number of deaths.

Den Monitor könYou can find the monitor at https://covid19.polyteia.de/.

Visit Polyteia at Digital State 2020

On March 3 and 4, Polyteia will be represented with a booth at the Digital State 2020. At the Digital State, around 1,500 participants from politics, administration, business and science will come together to discuss strategies for a better connected Germany. Visit Polyteia directly at the entrance at booth F9 and find out about the possibilities of data-based control.t of the administration to maintain and act effectively.

More info about the event can be found here: https://www.digitaler-staat.org/

Polyteia Founders on Panel with Serbian Prime Minister at GovTech Summit

KGSt and Polyteia use a practical example to show what a data model for the staff planning of priority services of a municipality can look like in the event of a pandemic. The evaluation of data from specialized procedures in connection with the prioritization of processes or services makes it possible to maintain the functionality of the administration and to act effectively.

On November 14, the GovTech Summit took place in Paris. The event, which took place this year at the Palais Brongniart, the headquarters of the Paris Stock Exchange, brings together representatives of the administrations of European countries with the GovTech scene. The Summit was created and organized by the GovTech venture firm PUBLIC with the aim of bundling and networking Europe’s potential and players in this field. Polyteia’s founder and CEO Faruk Tuncer sat on a panel together with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, Greek Digital Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis and Leipzig’s Administrative Mayor Ulrich Hörning, who addressed the question of what conditions could help the European GovTech movement achieve sustainable success. Among other things, the discussion focused on the question of whether current procurement regulations were slowing down innovation and how the state, as a contracting authority, should help startups to develop new digital solutions for the administration.

Both on the panel and in other formats of the GovTech Summit, it was emphasized that Europe’s strength could lie in offering an innovative GovTech scene in the numerous European countries a wide range of use cases and potential customers. In the foyer of the exchange, providers from various countries also had the opportunity to present their solutions and products.