RUBICONSmartCity™ Next Summit 2022: The Path Forward for America’s Cities

Jeanne A. Curley

Final thirty day period, Rubicon® hosted the inaugural RUBICONSmartCity™ Next Summit, during which time we welcomed dozens of Rubicon customers, companions, and industry leaders to New York Town to assist respond to the issue “What’s future for your town?”

Over the coming weeks, we will proceed to seem back again at the summit’s periods to aid us chart a significant class for what is upcoming for our product or service and for our partner metropolitan areas. In the meantime, below are 5 essential takeaways from the function:

Takeaway #1: From Routing to Snow Functionality, RUBICONSmartCity is Doubling Down on New Functions

In a session entitled “What’s Upcoming for RUBICONSmartCity,” Rubicon’s Senior Vice President of Good Towns, Conor Riffle, manufactured many remarkable bulletins about forthcoming enhancements to Rubicon’s suite of technological know-how products. Conor also explored Rubicon’s acquisition of the routing computer software and alternatives organization, CIVIX, which is staying built-in into RUBICONSmartCity and RUBICONPro™ to more strengthen the two products’ routing abilities.

We experienced the pleasure of hearing from the Founder and President of CIVIX, who has now joined Rubicon, Paul Patterson. Paul shared his eyesight for how routing should be structured and how businesses like CIVIX and Rubicon can best lover with governments. It was an engaging presentation, in which he talked about the intricacies of route optimization, and the mathematical formulae at the rear of it.

In the same way, Heather Martin of Rubicon sent updates and announcements with regards to Rubicon’s technological know-how, like the introduction of a route template builder, a model new 311 connector, and the new RUBICONSmartCity aspect that supports snow removal. Our Northern city associates were being particularly enthusiastic to study about this most up-to-date attribute as they gear up for upcoming winter’s snow period!

Takeaway #2: Resilient Towns are Crafted Upon a Basis of Equitable Community Service

I was accompanied on phase by the Honorable Michael Nutter, previous Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, who shared his expertise in public services, and the tactics that led to his success. Mayor Nutter spoke about the significance of listening to your citizens as a public servant and using that feed-back to discover in which a town need to be concentrating its endeavours to improve the services it delivers. He also credited a big portion of his good results to his group for delivering a good quality stream of ideas and approaches that resulted in 150 various awards for innovation.

Substantially like RUBICONSmartCity’s vision of a collaborative neighborhood in which we can generate sensible town innovation, Mayor Nutter recalled borrowing successful ideas from other large metropolitan areas and tailoring them to get the job done for the Town of Philadelphia. This idea—of metropolitan areas performing in partnership with one one more and sharing finest practices and strategies—is foundational to why we developed the RUBICONSmartCity nationwide pilot partnership method, as nicely as why we convened the Upcoming Summit.

As noted by Mayor Nutter during our session: “Public support is about the do the job, it is about the folks. It is about bettering the lives of others and building our communities improved.”

Takeaway #3: Garbage Vans Can be Employed to Evaluate Infrastructure Whilst En Route

In a session moderated by previous Mayor of the Town of Indianapolis, the Honorable Stephen Goldsmith, we took an in-depth search into how some of America’s largest metropolitan areas have found good results in working with garbage vans to assess infrastructure.

Michael Shaw, Director of Public Functions of the Town of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri shared the knowledge he has had in collaborating with Rubicon. Mr. Shaw spoke of how Rubicon’s digital camera technologies assisted his vans determine potholes when on their routes. This details would be relayed again to the Town, permitting officials to swiftly dispatch avenue routine maintenance crews. “The information and the technologies utilised on people trash vehicles aid immensely in getting that info again so that we can respond more rapidly, be far more nimble, and be far more direct about how we supply those people companies,” he pointed out.

Mr. Shaw was equipped to use RUBICONSmartCity to successfully create inner leaf and brush routes in his town that were being previously subcontracted, resulting in about $500,000 in once-a-year discounts. Mr. Shaw credits Rubicon’s technologies with producing the occupation of rubbish collectors—among the most unsafe in the United States—much safer, and offering employees with new competencies by understanding to function this technological innovation.

Likewise, Chris Conway, Director of Public Operate of the Metropolis of Montgomery, Alabama spoke about using a independent corporation to figure out the situation of asphalt in the city until he learned this could be accomplished with RUBICONSmartCity. Now, the city’s rubbish vans are equipped with cameras that scan for potholes mechanically as they are encountered, with an possibility for motorists to manually history them where by required as very well.

These are illustrations of the clever city revolution having maintain in which the rubber pretty much hits the highway: pothole detection on the backs of garbage vans!

Takeaway #4: A Metropolis Can Conserve Tax Pounds and Produce Much better Customer Knowledge at the Same Time

Afterwards in the working day, Mr. Shaw recounted his working experience doing work with Rubicon about the many years, such as during the top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At that time, and with all of the uncertainty that arrived together with it, there was an urgent have to have to seek the services of new workers to run trash vehicles. The Metropolis of Kansas City hired 80-90 new employees, many of whom had not pushed or operated garbage vans in advance of. Rubicon’s technological innovation was equipped to help coach these new workers and make the onboarding approach significantly less difficult, a lot quicker, and smarter.

Mr. Shaw mentioned that Rubicon was equipped to help the City get to its goal of staying “on time and on activity,” and presented measurable conclude results as perfectly. General, the metropolis noticed a 17 % improve in purchaser pleasure, with that quantity achieving as higher as 80 per cent in distinct locations, and designed taxpayer personal savings of more than $2 million.

Takeaway #5: Implementing Rubicon in America’s Largest Cities Has Been a Smart Transfer

Harry Hayes, former Director of the Stable Squander Administration Office in the Town of Houston, Texas joined us in one more session moderated by former Mayor Goldsmith.

Mr. Hayes was in have to have of a seller that could maintain up with Houston’s demand from customers for quick and productive squander assortment, and made the decision that Rubicon was the proper companion. He exclusively highlighted the provide of facts presented by RUBICONSmartCity that allowed him accessibility to insights that would optimize waste and recycling functions for workforce, administration teams, and constituents.

Performance was the central topic in the conversation among Hayes and Goldsmith, which is a consistent have to have for city officials across the state, especially people that are growing as promptly as Houston. Hayes stated Rubicon has produced performance in many locations of its procedure, including driver protection and route distribution. As the Metropolis of Houston’s Helvia Quinones, GIS Manager, explained in a later on session, “Rubicon gave us all the things without obtaining to have all the sensors, wires, and plugins. It gave us the level of transparency we were hunting for.”

It was an amazing practical experience to view this function arrive alongside one another, and I hope just about every attendee enjoyed on their own as considerably as I did. Our honest many thanks go out to just about every shopper and husband or wife who joined us at the Summit. It intended the globe to me and the overall RUBICONSmartCity team to at prolonged last commit time with you in man or woman. I seem ahead to connecting with all of you all over again pretty soon, and at the 2023 Summit, which will be greater and much better!


Michael Allegretti is Main Tactic Officer at Rubicon. To stay ahead of Rubicon’s announcements of new partnerships and collaborations all-around the globe, be guaranteed to comply with us on LinkedIn, Fb, and Twitter, or get in touch with us today.

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