Russell updates the news on the crime camera contract.
paragraphs of note:
But for the time being, the state contract is no longer an option. On Thursday, Denise Lea, the director of the state's purchasing office, sent a letter to all computer vendors with state contracts ordering them to stop selling surveillance cameras until further notice.
Lea said her directive was unrelated to a recent controversy over the city's recent use of the Dell contract for 53 crime cameras, a controversy that stems from links between the city's last two chief technology officers and the owner of the company that supplies the cameras to Dell. Lea's directive, moreover, will have no effect on the cameras the city has already purchased.
I have a hard time believing her directive was unrelated to the recent controversy.
Lea said in an e-mail that she wants to see whether items such as surveillance cameras are available from "companies with similar types of products on already established state contracts."
Lea said she wanted to meet with her information technology experts "to determine how the state will proceed with these type of items. . . . Once the state is satisfied that these are categorized in the correct area, Dell and other companies with similar solutions will be able to market their solutions."
Translation: Once we found out Veracent and Dell were jacking us on a product they don't even manufacture or normally sell...we figured we should look around to other competitive vendors of this type of equipment.
Good for Lea...I wish she would have laid it out without the spin, but her actions are good enough for me.
My only other issue with the purchasing is that I hope her "technology advisors" carefully examine the quality of the cameras and housings before making a purchase. I hope we get cameras that will last past Nagin's last term.
Also, I think Veracent, Netmethods, Intelliport, Logistix or any other incarnation of Imagine should be barred from bidding on the purchasing or the labor and maintenance of the cameras. Nagin should make that call if he is serious about transparency and corruption reform....Ha...not gonna happen.