Irving, Texas, to conduct Rubicon smart city pilot

The city of Irving, Texas, has selected Atlanta-based Rubicon to provide a smart city pilot program designed to improve residential waste and recycling services for its 240,000-plus residents.

Starting in April, Irving will use the RUBICONSmartCity platform in a six-month pilot program designed to enhance its waste and recycling offerings and outcomes in terms of sustainability and customer service through the integration of technology.

Irving has more than 40 collection vehicles that serve approximately 42,000 locations, all of which will be a part of this pilot program, Rubicon says in a news release about the program. The city of Irving is most interested in generating data for route optimization and management for its waste, recycling and brush vehicles, as well as in collecting data and documentation on the volume of material picked up for every route, during the pilot.

The RUBICONSmartCity platform includes a smartphone loaded with the Rubicon app, as well as an onboard computer plug-in device. Both will be placed in the city’s collection vehicles. This technology allows for the collection of real-time service confirmations, provides GPS vehicle tracking and enables documentation of any driver issues or the inability to successfully complete a pickup. The manager portal in RUBICONSmartCity will collect the data and analytics and show the city real-time route updates, daily reporting and operational insights, according to Rubicon’s news release.

“The RUBICONSmartCity platform helps cities of all sizes leverage data to make smarter decisions about waste, recycling and city operations, leading to improvements in sustainability and quality of life that map to an overall mission to end waste,” says Michael Allegretti, chief public strategy officer at Rubicon. “Using RUBICONSmartCity, the city of Irving will be able to take the data that is pulled from its fleet and determine route optimization, vehicle location and streets that have been serviced—feeding important data back to the city and its citizens.”

“The city of Irving continually is looking to take advantage of technology and data that helps improve efficiency, maintenance and makes the city better for our residents,” says Irving’s Solid Waste Service Director Brenda Haney. “We think this specific smart city solution from Rubicon could be a game changer for our fleet, and we look forward to exploring its impact and application throughout our system.”

Rubicon says RUBICONSmartCity has been rolled out in more than 30 cities across the U.S., including Atlanta; Columbus, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; Montgomery, Alabama; Philadelphia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Spokane, Washington; Tyler, Texas; and West Memphis, Arkansas. The solution is also available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace and the HGACBuy consortium. Cities interested in learning more about RUBICONSmartCity can visit the company’s website to request a demonstration.

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