Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for November

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 tracked by the 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.

Shelter Services for Homeless – City of New York, NY
The New York Department of Homeless Services awarded a $32M contract to Core Services Group, Inc., to provide shelter services for homeless, at-risk single adults.

Energy Efficiency Services – City of Chicago, IL
Chicago approved a $20M award to Kenny Construction Company to provide energy efficiency services and energy management systems for a period of several years.

Network Wired and Wireless Components – Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
The public school district for the city of Nashville gave a $5.3 contract award to Insight Public Sector for wired and wireless components for computer networking.

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.

Spectroscopic Backpack System for Radiation – City of Dallas, TX
Dallas released a bid for a spectroscopic backpack system, used for detecting and measuring hazardous material – like radiation – in the natural environment.

Website Redesign – City of New Orleans, LA
New Orleans recently put out an RFP seeking proposals from companies to offer website redesign, maintenance and hosting services for the Louis Armstrong International Airport’s website.

Municipal Records Management – Town of Erie, CO
Erie is looking to “modernize to current technology” and has released a bid for a proven records management and information system.

Rail Transit Project – City of Honolulu, HI
Hawaii’s capital and largest city is seeking on-call construction contractors for work on Honolulu’s currently under-construction rapid transit system project.

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.

Open Space and Park Infrastructure – City of Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach is budgeting a total of nearly $24M through 2023 for phased improvements to park infrastructure and further development of the city’s open spaces.

Radio System Replacement – City of Tempe, AZ
Tempe has a project budget of $10M through 2021 for replacing the city’s municipal, police and fire portable and mobile radios, as well as dispatch equipment.

Information and Technology Initiatives – City of New Haven, CT
New Haven has allocating $8.7M through 2021 for technology purchases including expanding Wi-Fi, rewiring city facilities, citywide camera replacement and purchasing public safety drones.

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.