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Developing Opportunities: Transportation Authority, Oakland Port and More

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the consolidated city-county of San Francisco and the Port of Oakland are among the local entities in the early stages of technology projects.

Ships lined up at the docks in the Port of Oakland.
Before government technology procurements reach solicitation or proposal stage, public-sector organizations have likely spent many months doing their homework in earlier stage explorations like those detailed below.

Industry Insider — California regularly spotlights such endeavors in its Opportunities section. Here’s a look at several public-sector governmental entities with early-stage technology or innovation-related initiatives:

  • The consolidated city-county of San Francisco’s Information & Communication Technology Plan, covering the 2023-2024 through 2027-2028 fiscal years, lays out technology goals and notes over the next five years. San Francisco must balance replacing legacy, supporting critical IT infrastructure, and modernizing services. Keys to the modernization include redesigning digital operations, replacing the Department of Emergency Management’s computer-aided dispatch system and implementing resilience strategies to prepare for a tech disruption.
  • The Port of Oakland, ranked fourth in California in 2022 by the state by tons of cargo transported, has issued a request for qualifications regarding a network infrastructure refresh. It wants to hear from qualified firms capable of providing design/implementation and migration services to refresh core/distribution/data center networking components and improve the overall capacity, resilience, connectivity and security of port IT infrastructure. As part of the project, the port wants to implement Cisco’s Identity Services Engine. Among the requirements, respondents must be a Cisco Gold Partner with at least 10 years’ experience in network design, data center and security. A non-mandatory pre-qualification meeting on Zoom is set for 1 p.m. Thursday. Responses are due by 11 a.m. Feb. 8.
  • The city of Sunnyvale has issued a request for information about possible solutions for an inspection data management system. The city’s Environmental Services Department currently uses multiple databases and spreadsheets to track inspection data for more than 3,000 commercial facilities, including roughly 30 facilities that need permitting and sampling, with detailed information tracked via an existing pretreatment database. Information from all inspection programs needs to be consolidated and integrated into a single database/system and be usable via handheld data entry devices. A comprehensive solution that would replace the existing pretreatment database is preferred but not required. Responses are due by 3 p.m. Feb. 6.
  • The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has issued a notice of upcoming procurement. It is in the development stage of getting ready to release a request for proposal to acquire software and implementation services for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and enterprise asset management (EAM) system. For that, VTA will host an Industry Day at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 for software companies and prospective system implementers. During the event, VTA will share its goals, objectives and a high-level project scope and timeline.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.