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Deltek pulse: Justice/public safety and homeland security January review

The most common terms appearing in justice/public safety and homeland security solicitations during January were camera/surveillance, fire alarm and radio. The below word cloud provides a visual interpretation of key-term frequency.

  • Number of public safety bids: 1,057
  • Top three states (by number of solicitations released): California (13), Virginia (58) and Texas (57)
  • Keywords: camera/surveillance, fire alarm and radio

Frequency of terms

  • Surveillance: 23 (eight state; 15 local)
  • Radio: 11 (one state; 10 local)
  • 911: 6 (one state; five local)

The below graph provices information on the break-down of the types of entities purchasing justice and public safety technologies.

Trends

  • States have begun focusing on broadband projects recently, though, unlike Minnesota which awarded its FirstNet project, few are ready to commit to a course of action at this point. Florida released an RFI for its FirstNet project in late December and it is likely that other interested entities will begin the process through RFIs or consulting projects.
  • Several 911 projects moved forward in the final months of the year, including South Dakota’s release of a solicitation for an ESInet and Pueblo County, Colorado’s awarding of its project for NG911 CPE.

Notable projects

  • The state of New Hampshire released a request for proposals for Computerized Criminal History AKA Criminal History Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Requirements Documentation. The consultant hired through this project will help to develop the technical requirements for a solicitation to purchase these systems.
  • Texas released a solicitation for an Automated Fingerprint Identification System and Mobile Identification Maintenance Services. These systems serve as the primary resource for providing AFIS to Texas law enforcement agencies and non-criminal justice practitioners.
  • On January 24th the Pennsylvania State Police released a solicitation for a National Public Safety Broadband Network Planner.  This consultant will help the state determine how to move forward with the implementation of this project and will help the state to coordinate with FirstNet.

Analyst’s Take

Despite the significant drop-off in the number of projects released in December compared to November, the number barely rose in January. Only five additional solicitations were released in January for JPS projects over December.  These projects ran the gamut of technologies from solicitations being released for a mass notification system in Nebraska to Montana’s RFP for an offender tracking system. The singular trend from the month was that of entities continuing to cancel their need for projects, or, in many respects, their need to go out to bid for projects.  These too, however, varied significantly in both location and technology. Kentucky, for instance, made the decision to build out its long awaited court case management and e-filing projects in-house.  New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority determined that it will be moving forward with a pilot project for its bus camera security system project.  The participants in the pilot project were chosen from the RFI respondents and those successfully completing the pilot project will be awarded contracts without a formal solicitation being released.  Funding also continued to hamper many projects and continues to be one of the leading causes of project cancelations.  It remains to be seen whether the large number of canceled projects that has been seen over the last few months will continue, however, vendors are encouraged to seek information about all of the ways entities are considering fulfilling their needs, including whether they may complete the project in-house.  Vendors should also pay special attention to projects that have been on the books for a long time without having ever secured sufficient funding. The longer a project goes un-funded either through successful grant applications or city or county budgets, the less likely it is that it will ever be completed.

GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial.

 

Deltek pulse: justice/public safety and homeland security January review

The most common technologies and services procured across states and localities in January were fire alarm and suppression systems, security camera/CCTV systems and radio systems. The word cloud below provides a visual interpretation of key-term frequency.

Radio Systems: 4 solicitations

Security Camera / CCTV systems: 7 solicitations

Fire Alarm or Suppression Systems: 28 solicitations

 

The new year started off with the long-anticipated narrowbanding deadline on January 1. Despite this, there are still many cities and counties that have yet to meet the criteria, and others that have met the deadline, but still have older systems that need upgrading. Ostego County, N.Y., canceled its initial solicitation for a new radio system, but has since re-issued an RFP with a revised scope to attract more bidders. The state of Iowa also released an RFP for a new public safety land mobile radio (LMR) system; however, the state is considering utilizing another option and may not award a contract. It is likely that radio systems will continue to be popular even though the deadline has passed, due to the critical role they play in all public safety operations.
 
Another trend passed along from December is the rising popularity of emergency notification systems. Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, N.C., released an RFI for an emergency management alert notification system; other communities in Iowa, Virginia and Colorado also announced plans to implement these systems. Social media, unpredictable and often devastating weather, and the increasing need to alert citizens of major events at the drop of a hat are fueling this new trend.
 
Justice and courts technologies were also on the rise in January. New Hampshire received five bids for its electronic court system project. The state hopes the awarded vendor will leverage its existing court case management system while augmenting the case processing workflow process. In Colorado Springs, the municipal court conducted demonstrations with vendors who had responded to a request for information for a new justice information system. The city ultimately decided to contract a vendor to perform a consultation on the project, in which a solicitation for the system will be released afterward.    
 
Analyst’s Take
 
At a national level, the hottest topic in January was the federal gun registry. It remains to be seen what form this type of system will take and what the expectations will be for individual states. Should the system come to fruition, there will likely be a major impact on states’ business operations. Deltek anticipates that the system will ultimately look something like the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification (IAFIS) and Combined Offender DNA Index System (CODIS) systems, where individual states and localities have their own systems that feed into a larger, nationwide database. This would be a huge opportunity for vendors interested in pursuing a mega database project, as well as systems integrators who have the ability to connect smaller, disparate systems to larger ones. 
 
Systems integrators should also be on the lookout for contracting opportunities in locations where surveillance systems are being expanded – such as La Crosse, Wisconsin – as well as major consolidation efforts. One example is the city of Terrell, Texas, which is working to develop a new radio system that will likely connect with the county’s system at a future date. As consolidation efforts continue, vendors would be wise to keep systems integration projects at the forefront of their portfolios.
 
GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial.