Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in May 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. We’ve asked the experts at Onvia+GovWin 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.

Voice, Video and Data Services – City of Denver, CO
Denver has agreed to a $15M, 10-year contract with Comcast, LLC for the use of dark fiber resources for citywide data transportation, including voice, video and data services.

GIS Mapping and Accessories – City of New York, NY
New York has given a contract award with a value of nearly $5.5M through 2023 to Newcom Wireless Services, LLC for the provision of GPS/GIS mapping equipment and accessories.  

Data Acquisition Equipment – City of Houston, TX
The City of Houston entered into a $3.5M agreement with ACW, Inc. to purchase process control, data acquisition equipment, training and technical services for the city’s Public Works department.

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.

Broadband Infrastructure Expansion – City of Chicago, IL
Chicago is preparing to award a contract for providing communications equipment that will be used in an expansion of the city’s broadband infrastructure.

Airport Modernization – City of Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Port Authority is seeking bidders to modernize and provide updated technology for Terminal E at Boston Logan International Airport.

Body Cameras – City of Dothan, AL
The City of Dothan is preparing to release an RFP for body cameras to outfit its police department, in addition to continued work on a public safety training facility.

Car Share Program – City of Fremont, CA
Fremont recently put out a bid for a company interested in providing a long-term car share program, with the goal of helping the city reduce both parking demand and greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

Energy-Related Improvements – City of Salinas, CA
Salinas budgeted $26.8M in its FY 2018-23 Capital Improvement Plan for energy-related improvements to city facilities, including building solar installations, LED lighting and heating/cooling upgrades.

Automatic Meter Reading – City of Tulsa, OK
Tulsa has included more than $600K in its budget book for 2019-21 for new installations of Automatic Meter Reading equipment throughout the city.

Bike Path Reconstruction Program – Davenport, IA
The City of Davenport has allocated $200K in its budget for FY 2019 to the reconstruction, repair and upgrading of several bike trails 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.