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Deltek Pulse: Justice/public safety and homeland security month in review, April 2014

Published: May 05, 2014

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The most common terms appearing in justice/public safety and homeland security solicitations during April were “radio,” “camera/surveillance,” and “fire alarm.” The below maps provide information on where solicitations were released during the month. 
 
  • Number of public safety bids: 1,487
  • Top three states (by number of solicitations released): California (175), Texas (88) and Pennsylvania (82)
  • Keywords: radio, camera/surveillance, and fire alarm

Frequency of terms

  • Camera: 36 (nine state; 27 local)
  • Fire alarm: 33 (eight state; 25 local)
  • Radio: 21 (seven state; 14 local)
  • Surveillance: 31 (three state; 25 local)

Trends

  • Not many projects were awarded in April, but a large number of solicitations were released.
  • Several solicitations related to juvenile corrections technology were released, including Franklin County, Ohio’s juvenile justice information system and the North Dakota Court System’s juvenile court case management system (JCMS) replacement or upgrade project.
  • A couple entities chose to update current systems rather than pursue a formal procurement process (Dane County, Wisconsin’s records management system project), or chose to use current software (Columbus, Ohio’s e-filing system).
Notable Projects
Analyst’s Take

April had 413 more solicitations than March, and many of the key solicitations released were for statewide projects. While statewide projects take longer to award, they are high-value opportunities often estimated in the millions. Most of the solicitations released have an estimated award date of fall 2014 as entities hope to have technology implemented before year’s end, whether upgrading a system or implementing a new one.

As mid-year approaches, most government entities’ budget years begin in less than two months. At the moment, budgets are likely in the approval stage or nearing approval. Vendors should be on the lookout for projects mentioned in these documents because there is a possibility they may be released in the near future. Projects that aren’t funded in the budgets will have to obtain funding through other resources, such as grants and capital improvement plans (CIPs).
 
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