Kansas City Wins Smart 50 Award

Rubicon, a software platform that provides smart waste and recycling solutions for businesses and governments worldwide, recently announced that the company’s smart city partnership with Kansas City, Missouri, won a Smart 50 Award for 2021.

“We are thrilled that Kansas City is getting the recognition it deserves for its continued good work towards technology and environmental innovation,” said Conor Riffle, Vice President of Smart Cities at Rubicon. “This Smart 50 Award win is well-deserved, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the city for many years to come.”

The award recognizes Kansas City and Rubicon’s partnership in the installation of Rubicon’s smart city technology suite in Kansas City’s fleet of 80 sanitation vehicles. The fleet provides waste collection services for approximately 160,000 locations.

“Since partnering with Rubicon, we have improved the quality of service significantly for Kansas City residents,” said Michael Shaw, Director of Public Works for Kansas City, Missouri. “We are proud to win a Smart 50 Award, but there is more work to do, and we look forward to continuing to use innovative technologies to improve basic services and quality of life in Kansas City.”

With a focus on co-innovation and data collection, the implementation of this technology is improving residential waste collection services for the city’s more than 450,000 residents. As of 2021, the partnership has delivered more than two million dollars in cost savings and a 17 percent increase in citizen satisfaction with solid waste collection.

The Smart 50 Awards celebrate innovative global smart cities projects by honoring the 50 most transformative examples each year.

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