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WISCOM and SEPTA Fare Collection System total $120 million in contracting opportunities

Yesterday, August 18th was a big day for the State of Wisconsin- Department of Transportation, Division of State Police and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) as both agencies had large projects with proposals due. Both projects, a Statewide Radio Communication System and a Smart Card Fare Collection System, combine to total an estimated $120 million.

The State of Wisconsin released a Request for Proposals on July 8th for a statewide P25 high-band trunked digital radio system. The state contracted with L. Robert Kimball & Associates to help conduct studies and assist in the development of requirements for this project, which is part of the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP). Kimball & Associates have estimated that a 71 site system would cost $17.1 million, while an 80 site system would cost $18.8 million. A pre-proposal conference was held July 20th. Vendors who attended the conference include Harris Corporation, Raytheon, Tait Communications, EADS, Motorola, EF Johnson, and Alcatel Lucent. Please monitor this opportunity for more information as the selection process continues.

SEPTA released a Request for Proposals on November 7, 2008 for a Smart Card Fare Collection System. The project originated in March 2008, when the authority released a Request for Information on the different options for new payment technologies. SEPTA has estimated that the implementation of a new fare collection system will cost around $100 million. Companies who have expressed interest in this project include: Accenture, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and Unisys. A variety of banking and financial institutions have also expressed their interest in this project. Please monitor this opportunity for more information as the selection process continues.

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