Dive Brief: The city of Irving, TX has selected technology company Rubicon Global as its partner for a six-month pilot that aims to optimize residential waste and recycling services.
The tech will enable real-time service confirmations, GPS vehicle tracking and documentation of driver issues; it will also provide data on vehicle patterns and routing to help the city improve efficiency and customer service.
Rubicon has rolled the platform out in more than 30 U.S. cities, including Atlanta; Philadelphia; Montgomery, AL and Spokane, WA. The platform is also available through the Amazon Web Services marketplace.
The city introduced its Irving Connects initiative to enhance data use and collection this past January in an effort to improve residents’ quality of life and “Remain a front runner in the North Texas area for attracting and retaining top corporations.” While some city leaders have warned their peers about this focus on “Luring the big fish” of tech corporations, Irving’s ambitions seem poised to help the city rise out of the shadows of its neighbor Dallas.
By partnering with Rubicon to enhance waste and recycling services, Irving takes a holistic approach to its smart city vision from the get-go.
Despite some corporate restructuring, Rubicon’s smart city arm has gained momentum, and will likely remain a priority for the company.
While the contract with Irving is likely not as pricey due to the city’s size and pilot length, paying for new technology – as with most smart city projects – will come at a considerable cost.