Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for September

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

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.

Software and Equipment Maintenance Services – City of San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency entered into an agreement for $12.4M with NextBus, Inc. for software and equipment maintenance services for an automatic vehicle location system.

IT Staffing – City of Detroit, MI
Detroit has awarded a $5.8M contract to Data Consulting Group, Inc. for the provision of information technology staffing services.

Body Worn Cameras and Storage System – City of Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque awarded Axon Enterprise, Inc. a $4.4M contract for providing body worn cameras, digital evidence management services and a storage system for captured videos.

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.

Solar Skids – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, CA
Los Angeles is requesting bids for vendors to provide a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system consisting of transportable, modular skids.

Cybersecurity Vulnerability Assessment – City of Yonkers, NY
Yonkers is requesting proposals from vendors interested in performing a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment and cyber attack emergency response plan for the Yonkers Water Bureau’s IT system.

Community Mental Health Needs Assessment – City of Springfield, MO
Springfield has released a bid for an assessment of mental health and substance abuse. The winning vendor will examine data to determine mental health conditions in Springfield and Greene Counties.

Smart Parking Lot – City of Dublin, OH
Dublin, a city just outside Columbus, OH, has released a bid for the materials and labor necessary for the construction of a “Smart Parking Lot,” including drainage, paving and various smart features.

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.

Distribution Water Main Replacement/Rehabilitation – City of Lewiston, ME
Lewiston has allocated $10M through 2022 for the upgrading and reinforcement of the city’s water system, taking measures to improve water quality and lower costs.

Urban Greenway – City of Salisbury, MD
Salisbury is budgeting $5M over the next five years for the construction of an urban greenway that will create a continuous non-vehicular route through the entire city.

Traffic Signal Improvements – City of Thornton, CO
Thornton has included $1.5M in its budget through 2021 to design and construct traffic signals, and install equipment to establish communication with the city’s central traffic signal system.

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