Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for June

As you’re developing your smart cities plans, it’s sometimes helpful to see what other cities — perhaps your neighbors — are doing. Each month, Onvia gives us an inside look at what cities are doing through the largest contracts they award and the proposals they request.

This month, smart water and power remain hot areas for infrastructure inevestment. Learn more below. — Kevin Ebi


By Nick Schiffler, Onvia

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.

Water Meter Installation – City of Chicago, IL
Chicago agreed to a $16M contract award with Professional Meters, Inc. for the installation and maintenance of new water meters throughout the city.

Network Infrastructure and Telephone System Replacement Project – City of Ft. Worth, TX
The City of Ft. Worth’s IT solutions department gave Presidio Networked Solutions Group a $7M award for replacing their telephone system and updating associated network infrastructure.

General Electrical Rehabilitation – City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge recently awarded a nearly $10M contract to Ernest P. Breaux Electrical, LLC for providing electrical rehabilitation at the city’s North Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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.

Video Surveillance System – City of Anchorage, AK
Anchorage has released an RFP for a video surveillance system for the Kincaid Annex, a part of one of the largest recreation complexes in the city.

Solar Photovoltaic Project – City of Malibu, CA
Malibu aims to reduce energy consumption at its city hall, and is requesting proposals to provide engineering design services for a solar photovoltaic system.

Smart Grid and Advanced Metering Infrastructure – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, CA
This Los Angeles department plans to release an RFP for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), as well as supporting communication systems and infrastructure.

Antenna Tower Installation – Miami-Dade County, FL
Miami-Dade County is seeking to establish a pool of qualified vendors for wireless antenna tower installation, maintenance and repair services.

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.

Water System – City of Pasadena, CA
Pasadena is marking down a combined $76M in its Capital Improvement Plan from 2017 to 2021 for upgrading their water system and water infrastructure.

Arterial Street Reconstruction and Resurfacing – City of Newport News, VA
Newport News has allocated $10M in funding through 2022 for resurfacing and street upgrades, including accessibility improvements like ADA ramp replacements/additions.

Park Greenway Connections – Town of Wake Forest, NC
Wake Forest plans to spend $1.5M over the next five years to identify and improve publicly available greenways and open spaces, including trailheads, educational kiosks, parking and restrooms.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for Onvia, leading sales 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.