Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for December

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

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, as identified by Onvia Exchange, available for free to city and government officials:

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.

Citywide Voice and Data Services – City of New York, NY
New York’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications recently gave a $33M contract to Telesector Resources Group, Inc., for voice and data services and other communications services.

Bulk Power Supply – City of Winter Park, FL
The Winter Park City Council approved two contract awards, each worth $5M, to Gainesville Regional Utilities and Covanta Energy Marketing, LLC, for the provision of bulk power supply for the 2018 fiscal year.

Enhanced E-9-1-1 Services – City of Durham, NC
Durham has approved a $2.5M award to AT&T North Carolina for enhanced E-9-1-1 services that will integrate with the North Carolina Statewide Emergency Communications Network.

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.

Green Infrastructure Installation – City of Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga is accepting bids for installing green infrastructure, including infiltration trenches and water quality basins to capture stormwater runoff and keep pollutants from entering the receiving streams.

Website Development and Hosting Services – City of Kansas City, MO
Kansas City recently released an RFP for “state of the art” website design and hosting services. The project includes building a new site for the city, including subsites for approximately 40 city departments.

Bicycle Facility Improvement – City of Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth is looking for bidders for an on-street bicycle facility improvement project that includes a traffic signal video detection camera system and ADA-accessible ramps.

Street Light Replacement and Call Stations – Town of Smyrna, DE
Smyrna is seeking vendors for replacing downtown street lights that provide energy efficient lighting and audio communication, along with installing emergency 911 street lights at local parks.

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.

Pedestrian/Bike Overcrossing Construction – City of Mountain View, CA
Mountain View’s Public Works Department has budgeted $20M through 2019 for the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over California’s Highway 101.

Information Technology Asset Replacement – City of Surprise, AZ
Surprise has allocated a total of $7M through 2022 for replacing aging software and equipment related to information technology and security, including computers, laptops and servers.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – City of Livermore, CA
Livermore has included $600K in its budget through 2020 for evaluating the feasibility of, and potentially installing, electric vehicle charging stations at city-owned parking areas.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for Onvia, recently acquired by Deltek. Follow Onvia on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.