UPDATE: July 17, 2019: Montgomery, Alabama announced it has entered a three-year deal with Rubicon Global to deploy RUBICONSmartCity technology across the city's sanitation department. The announcement follows a six-month pilot of the partnership in 2018.
- Rubicon Global announced it will deploy its proprietary technology, RUBICONSmartCity, this week in Montgomery, Alabama through a public-private partnership (P3).
- The technology will give the Montgomery Sanitation Division access to a desktop portal that connects to smartphones across its fleet of 80 trucks, providing real-time information on operations. The technology will also provide data on vehicle patterns and routing to help the city improve efficiency and customer service.
- Rubicon has deployed its "smart city" technology in more than 20 cities across six states. Examples include headquarter city Atlanta and multiple Georgia municipalities; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Tyler, Texas.
Montgomery is the latest addition to the list of cities and private fleets that are utilizing Rubicon's smart city applications, and the program will only continue to grow. Chief Strategy Officer Michael Allegretti told Waste Dive in April the company would even like to make the smart city tech an additional service that companies can offer in a request for proposals (RFP) process.
"I want our independent haulers to be able to compete against the biggest players in the industry for residential franchise agreements," he said when explaining the value of collection data that can offer insights into a city's waste stream.
Since its launch in 2008, Rubicon has touted itself as an advanced, innovative technology company offering waste and recycling solutions, and it has worked hard to maintain this image. The company recently received patent approval for a "method, system, and vehicle for autonomous waste removal," a futuristic idea waste industry execs have long shied away from, despite the growth of autonomous vehicle testing in trucking industries.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange praised the Rubicon partnership due to its potential to "save taxpayer resources." The mayor also announced that the city reached an agreement with RePower South to reopen the city's recycling facility, which is expected to create 60 "green jobs" and position the city as a leader in environmental sustainability. Aside from these recently-announced efforts, the city touts its Cenergistic Energy Program as an initiative that is increasing energy efficiency and advancing Montgomery's status as a "smart city."