Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for February

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Thu, 2017-02-16 11:39 -- SCC Partner

When it comes to smart cities projects, there’s what people are saying and what people are doing. Our monthly Inside Look series tracks the latter by examining what cities are planning, soliciting and buying. Below, you’ll learn about some of the largest projects from the past month in each category. We’ve asked the experts at Onvia to prepare this report for us because they are the only ones to track all three.

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Here are 10 smart city projects from the past month that were awarded to a vendor, recently put out to bid or included in an agency’s future spending plan:

Recent contract awards
Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System (B2GIS) tracks government projects through their entire lifecycle, all the way until each contract is actually awarded. These three historical contract awards provide examples of the kinds of “smart” projects that have recently been awarded.  

Address System Upgrades at O’Hare International Airport – City of Chicago, IL
Chicago awarded System Development Integration, LLC a $16.75M contract for design, installation, testing and maintenance of a new public address system at O’Hare International Airport.

On-Call GIS Support Services – City of Seattle, WA
Seattle awarded a $1.5M contract to Bright Rain Solutions for as-needed GIS services such as developing processes and data constructs, developing custom maps and web applications and automating GIS workflows.

Solar Thermal Hot Water System Project – City of Boise, ID
Last month Boise awarded a $210,000 bid to RM Mechanical to build a solar hot water system within the Boise Airport, including rooftop solar thermal panels, a heat plate exchanger and high-efficiency hot water heaters.

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.

Public Safety Radio Network – City of Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach released an RFP for establishing a public safety radio network that embraces “new, emerging radio technology” and includes supportive communications infrastructure.

Fleet Management Information Software – Brownsville Public Utilities Board, TX
The Brownsville Public Utilities Board released an RFP for fleet management software to manage, monitor and provide information about a fleet of 500+ transit vehicles.

Information Security Assessment – New York City Employee Retirement System, NY
This agency put out an RFP for a company to evaluate their current information security program, and providing a report on necessary improvements to processes and technology.

Parks Smart Meters – City of Thornton, CO
The City of Thornton is investing in an advanced metering system to improve the efficiency of their irrigation water management.

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 were found in Onvia’s B2GIS and provide vendors with forward visibility to make more strategic decisions.

Sidewalks, Intersections and Transit – City of Greensboro, NC
Greensboro has included $10M in their budget through 2026 to fund sidewalk construction, intersection improvements and public transportation needs.

District-wide Technology Infrastructure – City of Stamford, CT
In their recently published spending plan, the City of Stamford budgeted $3.5M through 2022 for technology infrastructure, including electric wiring and network cabling.

HRMS Management System Cloud – City of Memphis, TN
Memphis has allocated $3M over the next two years to upgrade software, and transition currently managed software to SAAS or cloud versions.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for Onvia, leading commerce intelligence at the core of the B2G marketplace. Follow Onvia on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.