Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for October

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 Onvia Exchange:

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.

New Parking Station Upgrades – City of Austin, TX
Austin’s city council approved a $9M award to Parkeon, Inc. to establish new parking stations throughout the city, as well as software and hardware system upgrades and related parts for repair.

Public Safety Radio Network – City of Memphis, TN
The City of Memphis agreed to a $5.5M contract award with Motorola Solutions Inc. for providing an 800 MHz public safety radio network and emergency notification service.

Biodiesel Generator Project – City of Keene, NH
The New Hampshire city of Keene approved an $1M award to Project Resource Group, LLC, for the completion of a biodiesel generator project at the Keene transfer station.

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.

Smart Meters – City of Lafayette, LA
The Lafayette Consolidated Government just put out an open invitation to bid on a smart electrical meter project that will communicate information to the city’s utilities departments.

ADA Curb Ramp Improvements – City of Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, in association with Duval County, has released a bid for furnishing labor, materials and equipment to demolish sidewalks and curbs in order to make them more easily accessible.

Technology Infrastructure Equipment and Software – City of Denton, TX
Denton is seeking bidders for a technology infrastructure project including the supply of networking infrastructure, data center and virtualization technologies.

Virtual Server Cluster – City of Kalispell, MT
Kalispell has released an RFP that covers services and/or materials for a new VMware cluster, cluster server hardware, a flash pool and associated professional 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.

Streetscape Improvements – City of Greensboro, NC
Greensboro has included $25M in its capital improvement plan through 2022 – a total of $5M each year – for the design, construction, replacement and refurbishment of streetscape elements in downtown.

Energy Projects – City of Hartford, CT
Hartford plans to spend a total of $8.7M through 2022 for continuous energy improvements to city buildings in order to reduce energy consumption and improve sustainability.

Enterprise Network Technology Refresh – City of Portland, OR
Portland has allocated $4M in funding through 2021 for network switch and router equipment, providing a technology refresh for the city’s computer network infrastructure.

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.