Deltek pulse: Justice/public safety and homeland security, June review

Published: July 02, 2013

Communications ServicesContract AwardsForecasts and SpendingJustice/Public Safety & Homeland SecurityNG911

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

  • Number of public safety bids: 994
  • Top three states (by number of solicitations released): California (97), Texas (67) and Florida (58) 
  • Top three keywords: fire alarm and alerting, camera/surveillance and radio

Frequency of terms

  • Surveillance: 34 (8 state, 26 local)
  • Radio: 9 (3 state, 6 local)
  • Computer-aided dispatch: 4 (1 state, 3 local)
  • 911: 4 (all local)

June Trends

  • June was a slower month for solicitation releases, with 150 fewer solicitations released than May. Procurement activity typically slows during summer months as vacation schedules delay the RFP process.
  • Despite a quieter month, state entities were still active in June, releasing RFPs and making decisions about major statewide projects, many of which had been on hold due to financial constraints. This is likely due to secured funding as many budgets were approved for the new fiscal year.
  • Traditional justice and public safety technologies took center stage with RFPs released for 911, radio and CAD projects.

Notable projects

  • The Texas Department of Public Safety released a solicitation for its enterprise case management system. The system will replace disparate systems that are not able to communicate with each other, making it easier for department employees to retrieve data more efficiently.
  • The city of Bowling Green, Ky., in conjunction with Warren County, awarded Motorola a $7 million contract to provide a new digital public safety radio system to replace its 800 MHz trunked system installed in 1997

Analyst’s Take:

Although the number of solicitations released in June was relatively high, there was less activity due to the historically slow summer season. As July signifies the start of the fiscal year for many agencies, the number of projects solicited in the coming months is likely to increase, and statewide projects will remain a major focus for agencies. Many grants will also be awarded in the fall, which will give agencies matching funds or other monies to spend on upgrades.

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