What SMART Stuff Are Cities Buying Now?

The concept of “Smart Cities” has crossed the threshold of most US City and Town Halls.  But there are many different interpretations of what “SMART” might mean.  And there are more criteria for what is urgent, affordable and practical.  For those municipalities who may be wondering what others are investing in, Nick Schiffler has put together the following short list of ten samples from April.   The list includes projects that were awarded to a vendor, recently put out to bid or included in an agency’s future spending plan.

Recent Contract Awards
GovWin IQ tracks government projects through their entire lifecycle, including contract award announcements. Here’s three examples of the kinds of “smart” projects that have recently been awarded to vendors by cities across the U.S.

Easement Rehabilitation – City of Belmont, CA
Belmont has recently given a contract award to Tanner Pacific valued at $3.8M for construction and rehabilitation of sewer mains, work on existing sewer infrastructure, and more waste management.

Circuits and Reconductor Project – City of Bothell, WA
Bothell has awarded a contract worth an estimated $2.6M to Magnum Power LLC for work on a project requiring labor, equipment, and materials for reconductoring and replacing circuits.

Trail Wayfinding and Signage – City of Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City has entered into a $2.6M agreement with Halff and Associates, Inc. to provide and improve signs and wayfinding materials for trails in and around the city.

Currently Open Bids and RFPs
Bids and RFPs are the bread and butter of government contracting. These smart city projects are a few examples of the kinds of contracts agencies have recently put out to bid.

Intrusion Detection System – City of Honolulu, HI
Honolulu is requesting a sole source purchase of a netflow and intrusion detection system, monitoring and multi-state information sharing and analysis service, for the city’s water supply department.

Water Meters – City of New Britain, CT
New Britain’s public works department has a requirement for vendors to provide updated water meters of various sizes to improve the city’s metering infrastructure.

Smart Restroom Technology – City of Dallas, TX
Dallas needs a provider of solutions for smart restroom technologies to actively and accurately track, audit, and report restroom usage, cleanliness, and customer feedback at the city airport.

Pedestrian Improvements – City of Lancaster, CA
Lancaster is receiving sealed bids for a public works construction project that will provide safe routes to school for the city’s youth and improve pedestrian access for the general population.

Future Leads in Budgets and Spending Plans
Companies interested in selling smart products or services can get the most foresight by finding potential projects within agency budgets and capital spending plans. These projects, found in GovWin IQ, provide vendors with forward visibility to make more strategic decisions. For agencies, the same information offers a look into the spending areas that local officials are beginning to budget for over the coming months and years.

Water Wells Rehabilitation – City of Riviera Beach, FL
Riviera Beach is budgeting $6.8M through 2023 in order to conduct substantial repairs to local water wells to maintain and improve increased water production and efficiency.

Fiber Optic Infrastructure – City of Laramie, WY
Laramie is projecting that they will spend $2M by the year 2022 to install fiber optic cabling to connect key buildings in the city, plus create an initial fiber infrastructure backbone.

Server and Network Infrastructure – Village of Oak Park, IL
Oak Park has included approximately $500K in its spending plan to replace outdated server and network equipment which provides technological services, supporting the city’s Fiber Wide Area Network (WAN).

Written and published by Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for GovWin from Deltek. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn
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