Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in August 2018

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

Companies looking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the country. As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage.

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.

Wastewater and Clean Water Projects – City of New York, NY
The City of New York has agreed to a term contract with Arcadis of New York Inc., spanning four years and worth $6M, for the completion of various wastewater and clean water projects.

Street Improvement Project – City of Decatur, IL
Decatur has agreed with construction company Tyrolt on a $2.3M contract for upgrades to city streets and surrounding infrastructure, including curbs and culvert extensions.

Generation of Solar Energy – City of Austin, TX
Austin has approved five separate contracts worth a total of $1.2M to provide performance-based incentives for the generation of solar energy over a 10-year period.

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.

Water Meter Replacement – City of Plano, TX
Plano is seeking a qualified vendor to remove and replace, as well as configure and test, residential water meters and meter transmission units (MTUs) throughout the city.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure – City of Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville recently put out an RFP for an environmental consulting firm to partner with the city on the development of environmentally-friendly stormwater infrastructure.

Real-Time Sensor Data Service – City of Salem, OR
Oregon’s capital city has released a notification that they plan to award a sole source contract for a Contrail web subscription service for providing real-time sensor data.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Study – City of Yuma, AZ
Yuma has released an RFP to find an experienced vendor to conduct a bicycle and pedestrian study and assist in developing transportation design standards for the region.

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.

Optical Fiber Projects – City of Aurora, IL
The City of Aurora is planning to spend $9.5M through the 2027 fiscal year to upgrade and maintain its fiber optic network to provide business continuity and prepare for disaster recovery.

Electric Cybersecurity – City of Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara is budgeting an estimated $6.8M through 2022 in its capital improvement plan to bolster its cybersecurity by replacing network security switches and increasing storage.

Citywide HVAC Maintenance – City of Rochester Hills, MI
Rochester Hills has allocated $1.2M for 2019-23 to spend on the scheduled replacement of HVAC units, maintenance and repairs to keep the city’s buildings safe and comfortable for all residents.

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.