Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning in February

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. — Jesse Berst

By Nick Schiffler, GovWin+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:

Recent Contract Awards
GovWin+Onvia track 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.

Central Subway Technology Projects – City of San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Tutor Perini Corporation an $839M contract to supply technology applications at three underground transit stations.

Radio Dispatch System – City of Cleveland, OH
Cleveland has just approved a contract award of nearly $32M to Motorola to replace their 15-year-old radio system with a digitally trunked radio dispatch system.

Advanced Meter Infrastructure – City of Bay City, MI
Bay City has given a contract award worth $6.7M to Honeywell Elster and ElectSolve for providing an advanced meter infrastructure system to integrate smart meter technology into its internal system.

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.

Internet Access and Telecommunications – City of Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton has released a bid through the E-rate program to provide fiber internet services and telecommunications to one of the city’s public schools.

Analysis of Local Transit Services – City of El Monte, CA
El Monte released a request for proposals for route-by-route analysis of local transit services as well as a customer satisfaction survey, to help optimize the city’s public transit service.

LCD Assembly – City of New York, NY
The Transportation Department of the City of New York has put out a solicitation for vendors to provide LCD assembly services.

Parking Management System – City of Wheaton, IL
Wheaton, a suburb of Chicago, has a request for information out for a parking management system that reduces the city’s manual processes and streamlines parking operations.

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 by GovWin+Onvia, 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.

Public Safety Communications – City of Tampa, FL
Tampa is planning to include approximately $9.5M in funding between 2018 and 2022 for communications systems, including laptops, radios, consoles and network expansion equipment.

Content Management System – City of Nashville, TN
The government of Nashville - Davidson County has budgeted $500k from 2017 to 2021 to implement a CMS (Content Management System) for, the website of the city and county.

Outdoor Warning Sirens – Village of Tinley Park, IL
Tinley Park is expecting to spend $180K over a three-year period from 2019 to 2021 on outdoor warning sirens, including sound systems, components and accessories.

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