Pittsburgh to hire integrator for $3.5m surveillance project
PITTSBURGHÃ¢â‚¬â€City officials here have contracted with consulting firm N.W. Getz, based in Charlotte, N.C., as the first step in implementing a citywide surveillance system that will initially focus on the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ports. Pittsburgh expects to have a request for proposal out by late February and to notify the winning integrator by May 28.
Late in 2007, the city landed a $2.59 million DHS grant for port security, which triggered $862,000 in matching city funds. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, an internal city committee evaluated 21 different companies who responded to a request for information Ã¢â‚¬Å“on their experience in the security camera industryÃ¢â‚¬Â in choosing a consultant; N.W. Getz has worked with the University of Pittsburgh and sports a laudatory quote on its Web site from Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re excited about the opportunity to help the city,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Michael Getz, senior project manager at N.W. Getz. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our role is to help them generate the request for proposal, get it out to interested companies, and help them secure the services of an integrator.Ã¢â‚¬Â Getz said criteria for a potential integrator will be outlined in the RFP and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to elaborate yet.
According to Pittsburgh director of public safety Michael HussÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ comments to the Post-Gazette, the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s initial plan will be to integrate cameras already owned by governments and businesses into one video management platform; add to that new cameras on bridges, tall buildings and in Point State Park; and then in another phase of the project, currently unfunded, expand the system out to crime-ridden neighborhoods of the city.