ABQ's RS21: fast growth on big data - Albuquerque Journal

ABQ’s RS21: fast growth on big data

A three-year-old Albuquerque startup is helping cities throughout the U.S. and other countries solve major problems with user-friendly data analytics.

The company, RS21, says it’s creating “resilient solutions for the 21st century” by packaging cutting-edge technology into easily understandable, web-based platforms that allow decision-makers to rapidly understand the root causes of issues.

It’s all about seeing the big picture with user-friendly technology, said RS21 President and CEO Charles Rath.

“We’re a data science, visualization company that uses data and highly intuitive platforms to solve complex problems like crime, climate resilience, terrorism and population health problems,” Rath said. “We’re masters at ingesting and making sense of massive amounts of data.”

By creatively bundling those systems in ways that engage and empower users, the company has earned a fast-growing base of clients, including cities, government agencies, and private companies. Since launching in 2014, RS21 has landed more than 30 contracts.

That, in turn, has generated a hiring frenzy that’s grown the company workforce from four last year to 25 now. Another 10 to 15 people will come on board by February, when RS21 plans to move from its current office near Journal Center to a 4,700-square-foot space at the Occidental Life Building Downtown.

The rapid growth means high-paying jobs for talented New Mexicans. About 80 percent of RS21 employees are from here, including three graduates from Central New Mexico Community College’s Deep Dive coding program.

“I’m using web technologies to create interactive data visualization platforms that are easy to digest and accessible from anywhere,” said Deep Dive graduate Skyler Rexroad, 22, who joined RS21 last fall.

It’s also brought locals back from other states, such as Luis Diaz, a 26-year-old University of New Mexico graduate who joined RS21 in August after working as a software developer in California.

“Most software jobs are located in big cities like Denver and Los Angeles, not Albuquerque,” Diaz said. “But RS21 offered me a perfect opportunity to come back home.”

The company, whose founders include Dale Dekker of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and Bohannan Huston President Brian Burnett, is helping to harness today’s massive mounds of information for practical use by everyday people to better manage modern problems. That includes efforts to reduce crime in Mexico City, mitigating the urban “heat island” effect in El Paso and improving the U.S. government’s ability to manage threats at airports.

RS21 makes solving such problems almost a Hollywood-like gaming experience.

“We use 3-D visualization for people to zoom in and out of things,” Rath said. “We create visualization platforms that allow humans to rapidly absorb information. It’s like real-life video games on steroids.”

Home » Business » Technology » ABQ’s RS21: fast growth on big data


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
How NM is looking to bring workers back
From the newspaper
Not a one-size-fits-all approach, state leaders ... Not a one-size-fits-all approach, state leaders say
2
APD seeking silver sedan in connection with murders of ...
ABQnews Seeker
Police said the vehicle officers are ... Police said the vehicle officers are looking for is a dark gray or silver, four-door Volkswagen, perhaps a Jetta or a Passat, with tinted ...
3
Olivia Newton-John, who played Sandy in 'Grease,' dies at ...
Most Recent Entertainment News
Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who ... Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as 'Physical' and 'You're the One ...
4
Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud ...
Nation
The white father and son convicted ... The white father and son convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting after they chased the 25-year-old Black man through a Georgia neighborhood ...
5
'Courageous conversations' can transform community
Blogs
NMBLC emphasizes cultural vibrancy and positive ... NMBLC emphasizes cultural vibrancy and positive development
6
ABQ homicide detectives investigating fatal shooting
ABQnews Seeker
Albuquerque police are investigating after a ... Albuquerque police are investigating after a maintenance worker was killed Sunday night while doing a random check on vacant apartments in the complex where ...
7
US pledges $1 billion more rockets, other arms for ...
Nation
The Biden administration said Monday it ... The Biden administration said Monday it was shipping its biggest yet direct delivery of weapons to Ukraine as that country prepares for a potentially ...
8
MLK offramp gone; MVD out of envelopes
ABQnews Seeker
Northbound I-25 MLK exit permanently closed ... Northbound I-25 MLK exit permanently closed starting Monday
9
Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden
AP Feeds
Democrats pushed their election-year economic package ... Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden's original domestic vision but one ...
10
China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan
AP Feeds
China said Monday it is extending ... China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the ...