While the internet of things, and smart cities, have been popping up in the news for around half a decade, it’s in the 2020s that we’ll see actionable and exciting opportunities to rebuild the urban centers in which we live. If you’re working in construction or another industry that can contribute to the boom in smart city building in the coming decade, you must understand what and how you can contribute to this growing and much-needed field of development. That’s what you’ll learn by reading further through this article.
Considering Your Options
Smart cities are essentially digitally-connected urban centers, with many nodes for different city systems feeding back into a smart, centralized system. You can take the example of smart public transport – mapped to meet demand – as an entrance into the smart city theoretical space. But there are boundless opportunities in this arena – all of which you may be able to contribute to, either in tandem with another organization or by going it alone with your own contracting outfit. Research to ensure your bids are fit-for-purpose and are guaranteed to make a positive impact on the cities around you.
Now it’s time to write an effective bid that you’ll be able to submit to the relevant authorities to contribute to the construction and adaption of smart cities. Bid writing can take hours and a great deal of cash to get right – and writing different proposals every week can be time-consuming and a waste of your resources. Instead, consider making one expert bid, and then duplicating it across an automated software system that’ll send it out without your duplicating the workload. You can use CPQ software to do this, shaving off hours of labor, and allowing you to focus back on your projects’ developments.
Often, smart city projects require a level of digital and technological sophistication that does not exist within traditional contracting firms – even large international ones. Your focus, after all, is on infrastructure and construction – not the internet and digital networks. As such, the majority of smart city projects will require companies to partner with digital providers – experts in the digital technology space. By forming these partnerships formally at an earlier stage, you’ll make a far more attractive proposal to cities and councils, than if you were to go it alone with a lack of digital skills and knowhow counting against you.
Finally, if your local cities are yet to make a leap into the exciting future promised by smart cities, you shouldn’t feel that you cannot bid to these cities. You should start by lobbying – organizing meetings with important stakeholders and decision-makers in the space of your city, and talking to them about the material benefits, savings and health improvements that smart cities can bring to your locale. In this way, you’ll prepare the ground for your own bid – one that can revolutionize the local cities in your area.
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There you have it: four key components to bear in mind if you’re looking to bid for and win contracts in the smart cities space.