Montgomery wins 2019 Government Innovation Award
Montgomery earns another distinction for success in achieving and sustaining Smart City programs
MONTGOMERY – Montgomery earned another national award this week for its innovative use of AI and high-tech sensors to streamline sanitation management and vehicle maintenance, thereby driving efficiency, cost savings and overall service.
“With each new accolade and award comes the chance for the Capital of Dreams to shine as we cement our status as a leader in the Smart City movement,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “We are working daily to find new ways to lower costs, optimize services and enhance overall quality of life in Montgomery by embracing high-tech solutions that help us do more with less.”
GCN, FCW and Public Sector 360 publications chose the City of Montgomery as a Public Sector Innovation Winner in the 2019 Government Innovation Awards. The Awards showcase the best examples of discovery and innovation in government IT and service. City officials will accept the award at a reception on Nov. 7 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Other honorees include Boston, Mass.; Austin, Texas and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Montgomery’s award-winning initiative was made possible through a partnership with Rubicon Global. Following a successful, six month pilot project, the City formalized a three year agreement with Rubicon in June to equip more than 60 municipal vehicles with RUBICONSmartCity software. The technology helps optimize daily operations and ultimately find myriad efficiencies, and thus costs savings – from fleet and equipment repair costs to manpower and overtime. The platform includes a phone-based mobile app, a plug-in device and a web portal allowing the City’s Sanitation Department to track key metrics, like service confirmations, missed pickups and issues at the curb. The City’s Fleet Management Department will harvest data to track vehicle usage and maintenance needs in real-time, which will prove critical in preventing catastrophic vehicle failure and other costly issues.
Streamlining blight reduction is another benefit of the software. Each equipped truck can now serve as a “roaming data collector” to detect and flag a variety of everyday issues, including potholes, overgrown grass, fallen limbs and graffiti, while servicing routes. This data will be shared with the City Services department to significantly speed up the remediation process.
The 2019 Government Innovation Award is only the latest national praise bestowed upon Montgomery for its success in implementing sustainable Smart City solutions. Just last week, the City and several partners hosted the Smart Cities Readiness Workshop as part of its prize for winning the Smart Cities Council’s Readiness Challenge Grant competition.
Thanks in part to its work with Rubicon, the City received two separate nods in the Smart 50 Awards from Smart Cities Connect in January. This annual awards program recognizing the 50 most transformative smart city projects across the world chose Montgomery as a winner in the Mobility and Urban Operations categories. In November, the Center for Digital Government showcased Montgomery as a winner of the Digital Cities Survey Award. The Milken Institute listed Montgomery first nationally for High Tech GDP Growth (2016-2017) and first in the state for High Tech GDP Growth (2012-2017) in the 2018 Best-Performing Cities report released in January 2019.