Wednesday, November 3, 2021
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM (EDT)
Catalyst Session: Developing Resiliency Efficiently and Effectively With Smart City Technology
Booth 345

As cities and communities work to recover from historic adversities, it is time to rethink how we live, work, and consume. Using technology to become more sustainable, fiscally responsible, and less wasteful is imperative going forward. Resilient cities will be those that efficiently and successfully implement technologies that help transition current practices to ones capable of a renewed or reimagined push towards resilience. Having worked with many cities across the country, our Rubicon team is acutely aware of the operational pain-points and cost challenges being faced. Solutions must be designed to address the specific challenges of municipal fleets and help them uncover taxpayer savings and more sustainable solutions. These solutions must deliver on the goals commonly outlined by city partners. They must be customizable and adaptable utilizing the latest technology like machine learning and artificial intelligence that generates insights and achieve improvements in key operational areas. If these technologies can be used to optimize the many vehicles delivering food, it can be used to optimize a fleet of vehicles on our city streets and gather valuable data in the process. A garbage truck can become a part of this larger technology and data-driven solution. The garbage truck effectively collects waste, but there are more than four million miles of roadways across the US and a number of problems exist. Issues like snow and ice, potholes, abandoned houses and storefronts, buildings covered in graffiti, and damaged street signs all create issues for our communities. Harnessing technology can proactively deal with these issues and create better, safer, and cleaner streets without adding more personnel to government budgets and more equipment to our already congested streets. By equipping existing government fleets with the right technology, it transforms a city service model from reactive to proactive, making our technology work harder and build city resiliency.

Hurst Renner Tyler Molinaro