Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in July 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

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.

Radio Communications – City of New York, NY
New York City recently approved the awarding of $11M of capital funds to Motorola Solutions, Inc. for a one-year contract to provide a two-way radio communications system.

Records Management System – City of Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix recently approved an agreement worth $2.4M with the Oracle Corporation for providing software services to support the Police Department’s records management system.

Roadway Improvements – Town of Natick, MA
The Town of Natick has awarded a contract worth $1.8M to D&R General Contracting, Inc. to make roadway and pedestrian infrastructure improvements throughout the town.

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.

Parks and Recreation Software – City of Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids is inviting businesses to submit a proposal to provide a new recreation software system for the city’s Parks and Recreation department that integrates with the department’s current systems.

LED Conversion – City of Orange, CA
The City of Orange is receiving sealed bids from contractors for a project converting the city’s streetlights into more environmentally-friendly LED streetlights.

Electrical and Telecommunications Supplies – City of Tacoma, WA
Tacoma has released a request for quotation for a wide variety of supplies to support its electrical and telecommunications systems, including splitters, terminals and building materials.

Mobility and Parking Study – Town of Berlin, MD
The Maryland municipality of Berlin is looking for consultants to provide solutions to its mobility challenges, such as a lack of bikeways, inconsistent pedestrian access and limited parking.

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.

Park Facilities Projects – City of Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth has included more than $16M in its latest Capital Improvement Plan to fund the transformation of industrial land into parkland, and renovate and preserve existing parks.

Water District System Improvements – City of Norman, OK
The City of Normal has allocated $3M through 2021 for optimizing and enhancing their water distribution systems to better serve users during peak and emergency demand periods.

Safe School Routes Program – City of Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis is budgeting a total of $2M through 2022 to implement a program making safety improvements to roads and intersections, to promote bicycling and walking to school.

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.