Deltek Analyst Kristin Howe reports.
November was a slow month for procurement within the homeland security and justice and public safety (JPS) verticals. The word cloud below provides a graphic representation of the words most commonly found in this month’s solicitation titles. Equipment, maintenance, services, police and security were all popular topics.
- Number of Public Safety Bids: 413
- Top three states (by number of solicitations released): California, Texas, New York
- Top three keywords: Equipment, Services, Security
November 2011 RFP word cloud:
Several states and localities made moves to award large and long-awaited contracts. The city of Dallas chose RCC Consultants as its P25 Compliant Radio System Consultant, though contract negotiations are still underway and a final value is yet to be determined. Arlington, Va. awarded a contract to Deltawrx for a Computer-Aided Dispatch/Records Management/Comprehensive Integrated Justice System Consultant. It is likely that additional follow-up solicitations will be released for both of these projects in 2012 once the consultants have completed their studies and recommendations.
Another large project awarded was for the Washington State Patrol’s Statewide Public Safety Radio Equipment project. The Washington Department of Enterprise Services released an announcement on November 8 stating the intent to sole-source this project to Motorola Solutions. Several other jurisdictions also focused on radio systems in November, including the state of Nevada, which has projected releasing a solicitation for a 700MHz Broadband Network in the first quarter of 2012, and Warren County, Ohio, which released a request for proposals (RFP) for its own radio system. A contract is expected to be awarded in this month.
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