Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in April

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 GovWin+Onvia to prepare this report for us because they are the only ones to track all three. — 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 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.

Data Management System – City of Washington, DC
Washington DC has given a $13M contract award to Maximus, Inc. for the provision of a data management system and associated services for the Department of Health Care Finance.

Penstock Rehabilitation – City and County of San Francisco, CA
San Francisco has awarded an $8M contract to Anvil Builders for the rehabilitation of Moccasin Penstock, including replacing steel pipe sections and installing electric valve actuators.

Electric Meter Installation – City of Alameda, CA
The City of Alameda has given a contract valued at $1.1M to Professional Meters, Inc. for providing electric meter installation services for a term of 14 months.

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.

Traffic Signal Controllers – City of Sacramento, CA
Sacramento is seeking bidders to provide 200 traffic signal controllers to be distributed across the city, with the addition of preinstalled software.

Billing and Operations System – City of Tucson, AZ
Tucson is preparing to purchase a replacement utility billing and operations system to obtain greater capacity, more versatility and increased modernization.

Safe Routes to School – City of Rocky Mount, NC
Rocky Mount has released a bid for building safe sidewalk routes to schools in the city, including construction surveying, erosion control and water and sewer optimization.

Police Vehicle Equipment – City of Newnan, GA
Newnan is requesting bidders to offer proposals for supplying and installing a variety of emergency equipment technology in the city’s police vehicles.

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.

Fiber Optic Communication Installation and Maintenance – City of Seattle, WA
Seattle has budgeted $62M through 2023 for the ongoing project of installing and maintaining a high-speed fiber optic communication network for libraries, schools, police stations and other city facilities.

Asset Management Software – City of Newport News, VA
Newport News has included $5M in its budget for FY2019 to implementing an asset management software solution to better maintain and repair the city’s waterworks system.

Water Meter Upgrade – City of Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids has designated $2.5M in its most recent fiscal plan, to be used in FY2019, for a water meter system upgrade to the city’s metering infrastructure.

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