Fort Smith Pilots Smart Waste Platform Across Its Fleet

The city in Arkansas wants to enhance its municipal solid waste, recycling, and yard waste offerings in terms of sustainability and customer service through Rubicon’s smart city platform.

The City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is to pilot a smart city solution to help improve residential and commercial waste and recycling services for its 90,000 residents.

The city’s goal is to enhance its municipal solid waste, recycling and yard waste offerings, both in terms of sustainability and customer service, through the integration of Rubicon’s SmartCity platform.

Platform Launch

Fort Smith has more than 40 sanitation vehicles providing residential, commercial and roll-off collection services for approximately 32,000 locations, all of which will be part of the platform launch.

The second-largest city in Arkansas, Fort Smith also has a landfill that serves up to 300,000 residents of the surrounding multi-county region.

“This literally takes us from managing with paper and pencil into the twenty-first century, smartly managing our resources and operations across our city,” said Kyle Foreman, director of sanitation for the city of Fort Smith.

“Implementing Rubicon’s smart city solution across our fleet means we’re connecting every vehicle and driver with operations management at all times. Operations will be able to redirect our resources where they’re needed when they’re needed, and we expect that to result in significant operational savings.”

The platform includes a smartphone-based mobile app, a plug-in device and a web-based portal. The technology will allow the city’s Department of Sanitation to collect real-time service confirmations, provide GPS vehicle tracking, and enable the documentation of driver issues, including the inability to successfully complete a pick-up.

The SmartCity manager portal will collect data and analytics, providing the city with real-time route updates, daily reporting and operational insights, leading to more efficient operations and ultimately improved service for its customers and citizens.

“Using [our platform], the city of Fort Smith will be able to leverage data collected from its fleet using a phone and pod-device in real time to plan optimised routes, track vehicle locations and confirm service at every location, ensuring that Fort Smith continues to realise measurable gains in terms of quality of life, customer service and taxpayer savings,” added Michael Allegretti, chief strategy officer at Rubicon.

Rubicon is a technology company that provides a suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for waste, recycling and smart city solutions, and said it collects and analyses data for businesses and governments worldwide.

Rubicon says its mission is to end waste in all its forms by helping its partners find economic value in their waste streams and execute on their sustainability goals.

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