Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in October of 2018

One of the best ways to find out what cities are doing is to look at the projects they are planning and implementing. Our monthly Inside Look series does just that. It’s compiled by GovWin+Onvia from Deltek. — Kevin Ebi


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.

Parking Meter Monitoring and Maintenance – City of Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe has agreed to a $42.3M contract with Parkeon for ongoing parking meter services, including monitoring and maintenance for multi-space and display parking meters.

Sediment Removal and Maintenance – City of Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City has awarded a contract worth an estimated $1.5M to C-P Integrated Services to provide dredging and maintenance services along the landscaped area known as the Oklahoma River.

Surveying and GIS Services – City of Casselberry, FL
Casselberry has awarded a contract worth $200K to DRMP, Inc. for providing continuing professional services for surveying, Geographic Information (GIS), and infrastructure asset management.

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.

Technology Consulting – City of Washington, DC.
The nation’s capital seeks vendors to support the technology needs of preparatory schools in the city with a focus on installation, maintenance, repair, and professional development.

Transit Facility Improvement Project – City of Blacksburg, VA
Blacksburg plans on investing money to improve one of its major transit facilities. The selected vendor will help optimize the space within and help improve the facility’s overall usefulness. 

Data Center Relocation – City of Memphis, TN
Memphis will be providing funds in the upcoming months to relocate an existing data center from its City Hall to the Central Library, which is a more efficient facility.

Comm Room Upgrade and Expansion – City of New York, NY
New York is preparing to release an RFP that will provide an expansion and overall upgrade to the communications room on behalf of MTA New York City Transit.

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.

Dash Facility and Fleet Expansion – City of Alexandria, VA
Alexandria is including $11.1M in its budget across the years 2019-2023 for adding new buses, transit parking and storage capabilities with the goal of increasing ridership and improving transit service.

Facilities for Technology Initiatives – City of Dublin, OH
Dublin has allocated $1M to find a facility to seed and grow smart city technology initiatives, including smart parking, IoT, AI, broadband, big data analytics, and cybersecurity.

Public Internet Technology – City of Tempe, AZ
Tempe is budgeting $675K through 2022 for enhancing the city’s free public internet services through public computers and wireless access for citizens visiting public facilities.

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.