Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in June 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.

Water and Wastewater Mains – City of Dallas, TX
Dallas has handed out a $5.5M contract to the John Burns Construction Company of Texas, Inc. to provide installation of upgraded water and wastewater mains at 11 locations.

Telephonic Interpretation Services – City of New York, NY
New York has agreed to a $6M contract that runs through 2021 with Voiance Language Services LLC to procure telephonic interpretation and translation services.

Streetscape Project – City of Vallejo, CA
The City of Vallejo awarded a contract worth $1.4M to Lister Construction for multiple roadway and site improvements to the streetscape in the city’s downtown.

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.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure – City of Riverside, CA
Riverside has recently put out a request for a company to provide an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system along with a data management system.

Learning Management System – City of Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth has put out a bid for the provision of an online learning management system that will teach certain public employees food safety techniques and regulations.

Traffic Detection Cameras – City of Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach will receive sealed bids and proposals from qualified firms to furnish thermal traffic detection cameras. This project contains a set-aside for minority-owned businesses (MBE).

Electric Vehicle Implementation – City of Sacramento, CA
Sacramento is seeking bidders to develop actionable blueprint planning tools that implement the city’s electric vehicle strategy, including planning, evaluation and outreach.

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.

Development of Park Facilities – City of Arden Hills, MN
Arden Hills will budget an estimated $15M between 2020 and 2022 to transform the vacant Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant into an open public park space.

Traffic Signals – City of Goodyear, AZ
Goodyear has allocated $6.6M in its budget through the year 2024 for new potential traffic signals in various locations to reduce traffic delays and improve safety.

Classroom Computers – City of Bridgeport, CT
Bridgeport has set aside $3M from 2021 to 2022 in its Capital Improvement Plan to purchase new computer systems for public educational facilities throughout the city.

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.