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.

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