Inside Look: What US cities were buying and planning in March 2020

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Fri, 2020-04-17 10:12 -- Philip Bane

Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in March 2020

As government agencies continue investing in the smart cities movement, companies seeking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities. And as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a profound influence on public life, it has likewise made a major impact on how companies do business with the government. Analysis and research on the government’s response are available for free to all in a new Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center.

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 IQ 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.

Records Management System – City of San Antonio, TX

San Antonio expects to award a fixed-price contract valued at nearly $5M to Mark43 Inc. to provide the city’s police department with a modernized records management system.  

Stormwater and Green Street Work – City of Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles has awarded a bid valued at $1.6M to Clarke Contracting Corporation to remove and reconstruct sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm drains, bus shelters and tree wells.

Wireless Communication System – City of College Station, TX

College Station’s Texas A&M University has awarded a requirement valued at $750K to Proteus Services, LLC. for the provision of a wireless communication system.

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 – including one project tied to the response to COVID-19.

Fiber Optic Service – City of Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga has opened bidding for contractors to provide supervision, labor, equipment and tools to install fiber optic services in specific locations within the city. 

Data Visualization – City of Lowell, MA

Lowell is seeking a vendor to assist the city’s school district with the development, implementation, and training associated with a new data visualization solution.

Urban Vehicle Sensors – City of Seattle, WA

Seattle is seeking proposals requesting the installation of vehicle detection sensors to monitor and provide real-time occupancy data in the city’s urban core.

COVID-19 Management Services – City of Fairhope, AL

Fairhope is accepting proposals from qualified vendors to provide consulting services for emergency recovery and FEMA public assistance associated with impacts of the coronavirus.

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 in GovWin IQ, 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.

Network Infrastructure – City of Coral Gables, FL

Coral Gables has included approximately $10.3M in its proposed budget through the year 2024 to spend on network infrastructure products and services.

Police Technology and Equipment – City of Madison, WI

Madison plans to include $1.7M in its budget through 2025 to fund technology, safety, and other operational equipment used by the city’s police department.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Data Conversion – City of Mason City, IA

Mason City will spend $450K between 2021 and 2025 on converting infrastructure data into Geographic Information System (GIS) format to better inform the public.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for GovWin from Deltek. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.