Lubbock adopts smart technology to make trash collection more efficient

January 5, 2024

Lubbock’s City council has signed a three-year contract with sustainability-focused tech company Rubicon Global to install tablets and other monitoring devices in its fleet of 60 solid-waste collection vehicles.

Rubicon’s portal and mobile app platform will allow the city’s Solid Waste Department to monitor collection routes in real-time to confirm service and to re-assign vehicles as needed. The smart technology will also ensure routes are completed on schedule, while providing specific vehicle data such as speed, location, idle time and vehicle diagnostics.

The city has been using the technology as part of a nine-month pilot program. Across the nation, governments are increasingly using “smart city” technology to enhance the quality of life for residents. For example, Washington, D.C., is upgrading its entire streetlight network of more than 75,000 lights to LEDs. The project also involves installing remote monitoring technology, brightness control and wireless access points to expand the city’s WiFi network.

Under terms of the contract, Rubicon will provide and install tablets to 60 vehicles, with annual recurring costs of $160,380 for licenses, devices and mobile data. After additional startup training and installation costs, the contract will cost Lubbock a total of $517,890 over three years.

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Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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