Inside Look: What U.S. smart cities were buying and planning in July 2019

Mon, 2019-07-29 14:30 -- SCC Staff
Companies looking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the U.S. As more governments begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage. 
 
Here are 10 smart city projects from the past month that were a) awarded to a vendor, or b) recently put out to bid, or c) 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 are three examples of the kinds of “smart” projects that have recently been awarded to vendors by cities across the U.S. 
 
Green Infrastructure – City of New York, NY
New York City has agreed to a contract with New York Concrete Corp. valued at nearly $23M for the construction of right-of-way green infrastructure in the Flushing Creek tributary area. 
 
Water Resources Engineering – City of Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale recently entered into a series of $2M agreements with multiple vendors to provide on-call engineering services to track and manage water resources. 
 
Website Development – City of Kansas City, MO
Kansas City awarded an RFP to Vision Technology Solutions worth $200K to provide website development and hosting services for a base contract length of three years. 
 
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. 
 
Smart City Sensors – City of St. Louis, MO
St. Louis is actively soliciting providers of modern sensor technologies as part of the city’s “smart city” initiative, and intends to use this to develop new technology standards. 
 
Information Technology Consulting – City of Laredo, TX
Laredo is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations or individuals to provide general and comprehensive information technology consulting services. 
 
Automated Water Meter Reading System – City of Mercer Island, WA
Mercer Island is seeking a provider of either an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system or an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system for the city's drinking water utility.
 
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure – City of San Antonio, TX
San Antonio is requesting information from potential vendors who could provide hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) platforms to increase IT resource efficiency and connectivity. 
 
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.
 
Enhanced Communication System – City of Des Moines, IA 
Des Moines is including $28M in its Capital Improvement Plan through 2024 for the extension and enhancement of the city’s communications and data management systems. 
 
Geotechnical Services – City of Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is budgeting $15M for as-needed geotechnical services, dam and reservoir safety, staff development, and related services. 
 
LED Street Lights – City of Provo, UT
Provo plans on spending an estimated $875K over five years for the installation of new street lights and security lights, with the lighting required to meet new LED standards. 
 
Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for GovWin from Deltek. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.