Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for August

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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By Nick Schiffler, Onvia

Companies looking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the country.

As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage. And identifying qualified vendors and researching comparable bid specifications from agency colleagues is easy with the Onvia Exchange, available for free to city and government officials.

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, 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.

IT Services – City of Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara has awarded Unisys Corporation a $37M contract to manage the city’s IT systems, including service desk, data center, maintenance, network and end-user services.

Water Pollution Control Plant – City of Midland, TX
Midland’s City Council planned to approve a $7M agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc., for work on a water pollution control plant reuse construction project.

Automated License Plate Recognition – City of Berkeley, CA
The City of Berkeley awarded PCS Mobile a $1.6M contract to provide automated license plate recognition units to increase the capacity and effectiveness of their parking enforcement operations.

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.

Security Software Installation – Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia is seeking a contractor to provide security software installation, configuration and support services for its correctional facilities to protect its data against cyber threats.

Fiber Splicing and Related Services – City of Newberry, FL
Newberry is requesting bidders to establish a service contract for fiber splicing and related services. Winning bidders must be able to service multiple locations at any given time.

Boardwalk Trams – Town of Ocean City, MD
Ocean City has put out a bid for a company to provide eight new sets of trackless trains for its boardwalk in a “cost effective and environmentally sound manner.”

Green Infrastructure Projects – Borough of West Chester, PA
West Chester recently released a bid for temporary erosion and sedimentation control. Winning vendors will ensure that soil erosion, air pollution and water pollution are minimized.

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. 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.

Transportation Projects – City of Richmond, VA
Richmond recently budgeted $12M through 2022 for various transportation initiatives, including preventative maintenance, street reconstruction, curb repairs and the installation of handicap ramps.

Sidewalk and Bikeway Improvements – City of Bellingham, WA
Bellingham has approved $6M in funding through 2020 for funding non-motorized transportation improvements including sidewalk connections, crosswalks and bicycle facilities.

CCFC Camera System – City of Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee’s Office of the Sherriff is budgeting $2M through 2021 for the equipment, planning and design of an observation and surveillance field camera system.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for Onvia, the leader in sales intelligence and acceleration for B2G. Follow Onvia on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.