Philadelphia: USING TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE A SMART CITY


Philadelphia is looking for ways to leverage existing city assets to better city operations and services. The City is seeking products and technologies that can improve the quality of life for the residents and businesses of Philadelphia and generate revenue.  

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. EST on August 12, 2016.


The Challenge: The City of Philadelphia spends significant funds every year to lease and maintain 25 cell towers with fiber connection that sit idle. The City is seeking products and technologies that could use these assets as a platform to improve public safety, public infrastructure maintenance, energy efficiency, public space management, public Wi-Fi access, transportation and quality of life for the residents and businesses of Philadelphia.     


The Opportunity: The challenge consists of two stages. The first stage is a Request for Information (RFI) during which the City is looking for information on products, technologies, services and other creative cost reduction strategies. This is designed to provide the City with industry insight, experience and understanding of the solutions available on the market. Responses to this RFI will inform a future Request for Proposals (RFP) to implement the solution. 


Who can participate: The opportunity is open to anyone with a solution to the Challenge. The City welcomes ideas from technologists, telecommunications specialists, advertising agencies, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, NGOs, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally.