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Bristol seeks bids for video surveillance management system

Bristol City Hall

Bristol is seeking to streamline its citywide video surveillance management system.

The city has a wide variety of different systems in use for camera systems.

One for the Police Department and City Hall, another system in the schools, another in Memorial Boulevard Park, and another one at the library.

For the past few years, Scott Smith with information systems has been advocating for the streamlining of the video surveillance systems.

Smith said, “I’ve got everyone to agree to set up a standards process so that regardless of the entity, we’ll all be using the same camera system.”

Mayor Ellen Zoppo- Sassu said “This is the tip of the iceberg in how departments working together can achieve cost efficiencies and hopefully reduced costs. There are many more opportunities such as this that wewill be exploring over the next six months as we form the budget for next year.”

The board of education already has $800,000 through a state Alliance grant, to upgrade their camera systems.

Additionally, the police department and MIS have already teamed up to start planning how to manage camera systems, including monitoring through dispatch.

Companies looking to propose video surveillance management for the city will receive system specifications and will undergo a review of the systems by the police department, city hall, MIS, the board of education and the parks department.

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