NORMAN — Norman Police and Fire will soon be able to communicate better with one another as well as with outside database systems. The Norman City Council unanimously approved a $1.9 million contract for a new computer aided dispatch, records management and mobile data network project.
“Currently, we have four major components employed and in excess of 20 databases,” Maj. J.D. Younger said.
The city is contracting with New World Systems Inc. for $1,821,745. In addition, the city is paying $154,341 for “necessary related third-party software and hardware products,” according to the council agenda item.
New World was selected after a lengthy procedure.
“That scoring is very quantitative,” Younger said. “In our particular case, we ended up with two vendors that matched all the requirements.”
Those vendors were brought on site and interviewed and New World was selected.
“This system being proposed will replace all those disparate databases,” Younger said. “It’s not just software we’re buying. We’re establishing a long-term relationship with this company.”
A portion of the cost will be paid up front by the general fund but later reimbursed with surplus Public Safety Sales Tax funds after the completion of Fire Station No. 9.
The city council also unanimously approved an engineering design contract for the Lindsey Street project, which is part of the bond package passed by voters earlier this year.
“This is the first of many engineering contracts you will see as we embark on designing those bond projects,” Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary said.
The contract is with SAIC Energy Environment and Infrastructure Inc. for $1,997,875 for the design of Lindsey Street from 24th Avenue Southwest to east of Berry Road. The Lindsey project is the largest of the eight projects included in the bond package, both in terms of dollar amount and in the number of components to the work.