Need $2 mill?

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10/14/2009
I wrote a story way back in the warm month of July about opportunities that were emerging for security installers, integrators and monitoring centers in municipalities' increasing demand for surveillance. Cities and towns and the citizens thereof increasingly want their public spaces monitored for safety, and they're looking to you guys--the security industry--to get the jobs done. According to an Oct. 12 release from Schneider Electric, there's definitely money there for companies with the ability to step up to the plate and deliver the systems and the monitoring for municipal-wide solutions. Here's some of the release:
DALLAS—The city of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has awarded Schneider Electric … a $2 million contract for a wireless video surveillance system. Schneider Electric will design, install and maintain a network of more than 200 digital surveillance cameras located throughout the city’s downtown area, commercial areas, school zones, parks and parking garages. The city of Wilkes-Barre and Hawkeye Security Solutions, a nonprofit corporation established by the city specifically for the deployment and implementation of a citywide video security system, selected Schneider Electric based on the company’s experience and technical knowledge.
It seems to me there are probably quite a few security companies out there with the experience and technical knowledge of Schneider Electric (though, admittedly Schneider Electric's pretty dang big). Federal government programs also exist. I guess if there's any lesson here, it's that fortune favors the bold... and those who pick up the phone and do a little searching for the money that's there.