Rubicon Brings Smart City Pilot Program to Fort Smith, Ark.

The pilot program aims to improve residential and commercial waste and recycling services across the city.

Rubicon announced that the city of Fort Smith, Ark., has selected Rubicon to formally implement a smart city solution to help improve residential and commercial waste and recycling services across the city.

The city of Fort Smith’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 technology. The city of Fort Smith will pilot the RUBICONSmartCity platform for six months. The second-largest city in Arkansas, Fort Smith boasts nearly 90,000 residents and a landfill that serves up to 300,000 residents of the surrounding multicounty region. The city has more than 40 sanitation vehicles providing residential, commercial and roll-off collection services for roughly 32,000 locations, all of which will be part of the RUBICONSmartCity launch.

The RUBICONSmartCity platform includes a smartphone-based mobile app, a plug-in device and a web-based portal. The technology will allow the city of Fort Smith’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 pickup. The RUBICONSmartCity 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. Rubicon’s technology will be installed across the city’s entire waste and recycling fleet.

“Rubicon is remaking the entire landscape of waste and recycling through innovative technology and data analysis that helps cities of all sizes make smarter decisions about their waste, recycling and overall city operations,” said Michael Allegretti, chief strategy officer at Rubicon, in a statement. “Using RUBICONSmartCity, 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 optimize