Poorly Written College Town Camera RFP Examined

Author: Brian Karas, Published on May 25, 2016

State College, PA issued an RFP for a neighborhood surveillance system that leaves out many key details required to invite qualified bids.

We review this RFP, and the problems that can arise when too many components are left to the bidder to specify.

***** *******, ** ****** ** *** *** * ************ ************ ****** that ****** *** **** *** ******* ******** ** ****** ********* bids.

** ****** **** ***, *** *** ******** **** *** ***** when *** **** ********** *** **** ** *** ****** ** specify.

[***************]

RFP ********

************ ************ ************ ****** ****** *** ** ******* *** ******* ** ** ********* ** ******* ****** areas ****** * ********** *************.

*** *** **** ******** "*********** ** *****", ******** **** ****** cameras *** ** ***** ** *** ******, ****** *** ****** of *********** *********** ** *** *********.

Product ************** *** *****

***** **** ****** **** ********** **** ** ***** ** ********* that ******* *******, ** ******** ******* ************ *** ****** ** the ***.

*** ********** *** ******* ** **** ****** *** ** *** boroughs *** ** *******'* ****** ****** ********** **********.  ******* *** **** **** ******** ** ********* ************ ******* *** *** ability ** ***** ******** ******* ******** *****************.

*** ************** *** *** ****** *** ********** **:

****** *** ****** ****** ***** **** *** ************ ** **** RFP ** ********, ***** **** ****** ****** ** * **** variety ** ******* ***** ********, ******* * ****** ** *** buyers ** *** *** ******** ******** ********* ************ **********. 

Important ******* *******

*** *** ******** ** ******* ** *** ****** ******* ** the ******. ** *** ** ******** *** ****** ** ** be **** ** ******** ******* ** *** **** ** *****, but *** ***** ****** ******* ****** ******** ** *** **** expect ** *** *** ******.

******** ***********, **** ** ******* ***** ****** ******** (*** **/*** *********), right-of-way ****** ** ******** ******* *****, ***** ************ *** ********** network ************** *** *******.

Burden *** *******, **** *** ******

******* *** ********* *******, **** ** ******* **************, ****** *** burden ** ******* ** ****** ****** **** *********** *** *************, or *** *** * ****** "***** ****" ******** **** ******* key ************** ***** **** **** ** ** ******** ***** **** the *******.

** *** ****** *** *** ***** ** ***** ********* ******, they *** ** ******** ** ****** * *****-**** *** ***** omitted ***** **************.  ** **** **** *** ****** **** ****** need ** ****** ***** ***** ***** *** ****, ** ***** be ****** ** **** *** ******-**** **********, *********** ********* ** an ******** ******* ******.

Buyers **** ** ** ********

****** ********* ***'* ****** ** ******** ***** ******** ****** ** be ********, ** *** ** **** ****** ** ***** ** the ****** **** *** ************* ********* ********* **** *********** *********.

**** ***** ************* **** ***** ***** ****** ** *** ***** that ***** ******* ** *********** ** *********** ***** ******* *** ********* to *** ****** ********* ***** ***** ********** ********.

 

 

 

Comments (2)

* ******* **** **** ***** ** * **** ******* *** a ***** ************, *** ******* *** ***** ********** ****** **** done *** ** **** ** *** ********* ****** ******* *** RFP:

*. ****** ** *** **** ******** *** ******** "**** *********** do *** **** ** ********* * ****** *** **** ************?"

*. ****** * ***** *** *** ******* *******.

******* *** ** *** ******* *** ************ ** **** *** would **** ** (***********) *******. *'* ** *********** ** ******* how **** ********* *** **** ******** ** ***** **, *** if *** **** ***** ** *** ***** * ******** *** date.

* **** ** *** ******* *******. ****** ********* *** ******* to ********* **** ***** ******, ** ******** ** *** *** is ******, *** ** ** *** ***** ** ** **** of **** ********, ** ********** ** *** *** *********.

****://***.**************.**/****/********--*********-************

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on RFP

US Government Entities Hard Spec Hikvision on May 26, 2016
The US and Chinese governments are working together. Now, US government entities are not only buying video surveillance products from the Chinese...
Large Video Surveillance Systems Guide on Oct 29, 2015
This 14 page guide explains the key uses, design factors, and players in the large system surveillance market. A global group of 80...
This Spec Wizard Makes a Mockery Out of RFPs on Dec 05, 2014
Terrible RFPs are commonplace. If only there was a way to make it easy to generate terrible RFPs. Well, Honeywell, Vicon and Aiphone are working...
Ridiculous $100K Project / Now Stalled on Oct 31, 2013
Update 10/31: When we first published this in July, we broke down how flawed the RFP was. Now, the city is delaying the project as it works through...
Bad RFP Leads to Homebrew System on Oct 29, 2013
Bad RFPs continue to plague the industry. In the case of one city, a poorly written RFP led to a contract that likely fails to address one of the...
10 Top Discussions This Summer on Sep 01, 2013
This year, IPVM launched its own discussions, with over 10,000 comments so far. Now, we have improved it with 12 new features. Here are 10 Top...
Design-Build - A Better RFP Process? on Aug 28, 2013
Almost everybody in the security industry has a horror story of a "low bid" system installation that has gone terribly wrong. Many city, county and...
Surveillance Camera Specification Guide on Aug 19, 2013
Anyone reviewing RFPs knows there are countless common problems, with 'good' specs seemingly few and far between: RFPs copied from more than 10...
The Laziest RFP Ever on Aug 13, 2013
Bad RFPs - out of date, vague or just plain confusing - are common. But this RFP is on a whole other level. It is as if no one even looked at...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Avigilon Discontinuing Rialto Analytics Line on Apr 27, 2017
Avigilon is informing dealers/partners that the legacy VideoIQ Rialto products have been discontinued, recommending the newer ACC ES Analytics...
A Marketing Home Run For Knightscope - Man Attacks Robot on Apr 27, 2017
We criticize Knightscope regularly - their lack of revenue, their trying to fool mom 'n pop investors, their associating themselves with a clueless...
The World's First Fashion IP Camera From Amazon on Apr 27, 2017
Some analytics cameras can tell you if a person is jumping a fence, or loitering in a secure area, but none of them can tell you if the person...
Last Day - IP Networking Course May 2017 on Apr 26, 2017
Today is the last day to register for the May IP Networking Course. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video...
Hikvision EZVIZ Amazon Scam Revealed on Apr 26, 2017
Hikvision is violating US Federal Trade Commission guidelines and Amazon rules with a "Honest" Review Program scheme that provides gift cards to...
Anixter CEO Admits Price Deflation and Non-Exclusive Integrator Sales on Apr 26, 2017
Anixter's CEO has admitted to (1) price deflation impacting IP camera sales and (2) not always being 'exclusive' with security integrators. In...
Xandem Next Gen Intrusion Tested on Apr 26, 2017
Xandem's "full coverage motion tracking technology" is unlike any intrusion technology we have seen. We bought their new system and tested it...
Tri-Ed Favorability Results on Apr 25, 2017
Tri-Ed, owned by Anixter, far outranked Anixter, the lowest ranked company in our distributor favorability series. Still, Anixter's ownership did...
Eagle Eye Exec On Mountain Of Servers - VSaaS Growth Analysis on Apr 25, 2017
Eagle Eye VP of Operations, Hans Kahler, posted a picture of himself sitting on top of a shipment of new servers, as a testament to the companies...
Chinese 'Attacking Us From Every Direction', Says US FBI on Apr 25, 2017
"Chinese eating our lunch. Attacking us from every direction" said the US FBI's Deputy Director Andrew McCabe at the ASIS 2017 CSO Summit. .@FBI...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact