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Smart Cities Connect Spring Conference and Expo: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Smart City Connecting Spring Conference and Expo: Review and Prospect

I recently hosted a group at the Smart City Connection Spring Conference and Expo with the theme "Make Garbage Smart". The group I participated in was Larry Schneider, Director of Transportation Operations in Fort Collins, Colorado, and a former city street supervisor for more than 38 years, Steve Goldsmith, and Daniel Paul, Professor of Government Practice at Harvard's Kennedy School, government official, From 1992 to 2000, he served as the 46th Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the former Deputy Mayor of New York City Operations.

The group had extensive discussions, and we delved into various aspects from how your city becomes smarter (and how you can use municipal fleets to become proactive rather than reactive in solving the city’s daily problems). . Your city), to how Rubicon strives to end various forms of waste, to the pain points of government procurement, which may unintentionally slow down the speed of citizen innovation.

In our discussion, I talked about Rubicon’s overall mission to end all forms of waste, not only for materials entering the landfill, but also a waste of time, tax and human potential.

Smart cities are connected to the end of waste

For cities, the concept of eliminating waste should be the top priority, like Fort Collins, Colorado; Irvine, Texas; Spokane, Washington; and Rubicon® announced in the past two years to build wisdom with it Dozens of other cities in city partnerships. Eliminating waste should be the foundation of any municipality’s smart city mission. When cities use existing assets (such as garbage trucks, sweepers, and snowplows) not only to provide traditional services, but also to collect data about community conditions and infrastructure conditions, these cities are maximizing the return on investment of these vehicles , And improve the quality of life of citizens in all postal codes.

In our panel discussion, Larry, Steve, and I talked about the importance of adhering to basic principles in improving the lives of city dwellers. This mission has a technical foundation, and we support it wholeheartedly at Rubicon-we are a technology company above all-but this technical foundation must be able to implement these core areas better and more cost-effectively, above all else.

We talked about how cities can fall into the trap of new and exciting ideas based on the gradual improvement of citizens’ daily lives-such as the idea of ​​covering free WiFi in the city or allowing the city's public phone booths to go online-enabling-without thinking about what can be. Really change the lives of their citizens. This includes timely provision of garbage and recycling, street cleaning, snow removal, and timely repair of potholes, road cracks and damaged sidewalks.

This is an example of city taxation at work, it shows. During the panel discussion, Larry pointed out, “The street sweeping plan of Rubicon and Fort Collins is helping us eliminate the wastage of driver’s time due to inefficient operations, as well as waste of organic matter, such as grass, leaves, and dirt, which are now being cleaned and sent. Go to the composting facility instead of the landfill."

Concluding our discussion, Steve talked about what the future of smart cities means to city governments and their citizens. "The unprecedented opportunity for smart cities," Steve pointed out at the last moment of our group discussion, "is to enable civil servants to do their jobs better and more efficiently."

I couldn't make it better myself. I look forward to seeing you at the next Smart City Interconnection Conference and Expo. At the same time, please be sure to follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay ahead. You can see me speaking or contact me at

Michael Allegretti is Rubicon's Chief Strategy Officer. In order to stay ahead of the new global partnerships and cooperation announced by Rubicon, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us immediately.

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