Rubicon brings cloud-based waste collection technology to Scranton, Pennsylvania
Rubicon Technologies has entered into a three-year smart city partnership with the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to help enhance its residential waste and recycling services.
RUBICONSmartCity is a proprietary, cloud-based technology suite that helps city governments run faster, smarter, and more effective waste, recycling, and heavy-duty municipal fleet operations. The platform includes a mobile app, an onboard data collection device, and a web-based portal. Scranton's goal is to digitize operations and gather and analyze real-time data to optimize its recurring solid waste and recycling routes. As the sixth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Scranton boasts a population of nearly 80,000 residents, and its fleet provides residential waste collection services for roughly 26,000 locations.
"Rubicon's smart city technology will drive meaningful progress within Scranton's public works operations," said Paige Cognetti, Mayor of Scranton. "Digitizing our operations has been a long time coming, and we look forward to working with Rubicon to utilize the data and insights that these processes will reveal, generating opportunities for greater efficiencies in our overall daily workflow and service delivery for our residents."
The RUBICONSmartCity manager portal will collect data and analytics, providing the City with route updates, daily reporting, and operational insights, leading to more efficient operations, improved service for citizens, and critical cost savings. RUBICONPro, a complementary product offering, helps private waste and recycling haulers deliver customer service to commercial and residential customers through a similar feature set.
"Cities across the United States are reimagining their waste and recycling operations. Working with Rubicon. They can refine processes, improve services for residents, and save taxpayer dollars," said Nate Morris, Rubicon's chairman and CEO. "Cities like Scranton are critical in helping to achieve a smart city vision that includes all corners of our country, beyond the coasts and outside of the biggest cities. We applaud the city's leadership for its commitment to continuous improvement and look forward to a long and productive partnership."
In 2021, RUBICONSmartCity was listed in Fast Company's World Changing Ideas awards in the "AI & Data" and "Spaces, Places, and Cities" categories, and it won the Capital Finance International (CFI) Best SaaS Smart City Solutions award. In December 2021, Amazon produced a documentary featuring RUBICONSmartCity and its work with the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, entitled, "The Road to Zero Waste."
"The City of Scranton has committed to transforming its government operations during the past few years and we are thrilled to play a role in helping the city's leadership execute on its vision to deliver better, faster, and more affordable core public services," said Michael Allegretti, chief strategy officer at Rubicon. "Scranton demonstrates that cities of any size can be a part of the smart city movement and benefit from the gains delivered by innovative technology partnerships."
RUBICONSmartCity has been rolled out in over 70 cities across the United States, including Asheville, N.C.; Baltimore, M.D.; Columbus, O.H.; Durham, N.C.; Fort Collins, C.O.; Fort Smith, A.R.; Glendale, A.Z.; Greenville, N.C.; Hartford, C.T.; Houston, T.X.; Kansas City, M.O.; Memphis, T.N.; Montgomery, A.L.; Santa Fe, N.M.; San Antonio, T.X.; Savannah, G.A.; Spokane, W.A.; and Roseville, C.A.