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Montgomery announces smart city partnership

Rubicon seeks to find inefficiencies and cost-savings in waste streams and to develop innovative ways to reduce, re-use and recycle waste

Montgomery continues on its journey towards being a smart city leader
Montgomery continues on its journey towards being a smart city leader

The city of Montgomery, Alabama, has partnered with Rubicon Global to enhance its waste services, using the company’s proprietary smart city solution.


Rubicon is a technology company that provides waste, recycling, and smart city solutions to businesses and governments worldwide.


The city of Montgomery sanitation division’s fleet of 80 residential and commercial waste vehicles will begin using smartphones loaded with the Rubicon hauler mobile app, as well as plug-in devices.


Meanwhile, the sanitation department will use Rubicon’s desktop portal, which works with the mobile app and plug-in device to create operational efficiency and improve customer service.


The technology will also provide Montgomery with planning data, most notably by enabling real-time information on sanitation operations.


The data will help the city understand how to improve efficiency and quality of service in its operations, including tracking vehicle patterns, routing, and other features.


“As Montgomery continues [its] journey to becoming a leader among America’s smart cities, we prioritise exploring new technologies to save taxpayer resources while better serving our residents,” said Todd Strange, Montgomery mayor.


“Testing Rubicon’s effectiveness in helping our sanitation fleet provide ‘smarter’ services to our citizens and employees is a much better deal than securing new non-essential equipment or infrastructure, allowing us to be vigilant stewards of taxpayers’ money.”


The public-private technology partnership is the latest example of Montgomery’s commitment to smart, sustainability-related programmes, projects and policies.


The city began the Cenergistic energy programme in March 2016, which it claims has saved the city’s facilities $1.2m. Online forms, e-payments and an advanced recycling facility are other initiatives that the city has initiated as part of its commitment to become a more sustainable city for Alabamians.


Rubicon has launched technology partnerships with Atlanta, Georgia, in December 2016; Santa Fe, New Mexico, in March 2017; Columbus, Georgia, in April 2017; and Tyler, TX in March 2018.


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