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State Tech Department Seeks Security Assistance

In a request for quote, the California Department of Technology wants to hear from vendors capable of helping it update hardware and software at several locations.

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The state’s technology department is looking for assistance from the private sector to do more with security surveillance.

In a request for quote (RFQ) released Friday, the California Department of Technology is seeking responses from vendors capable of providing it with comprehensive “Security System Upgrade and Maintenance” work at five locations in Northern California — generally, an upgrade of its “security surveillance and server cabinet security systems.” Among the takeaways:

  • CDT wants to upgrade its security system — including “large infrastructure of cameras, access badge readers, digital video records, server cabinet security systems, and security software” — at four locations in the Sacramento/Rancho Cordova area and one in Vacaville, according to the RFQ. These include its headquarters and data centers. The department needs these items installed, and requires “ongoing maintenance services for the 24-hour security access control and surveillance systems” at these sites. Per the RFQ: “Services must ensure compliance with industry standards and Federal Tax Information security regulations and any additional security requirements that may be necessary in the future.” The services include “critical hardware/software that must be maintained and/or replaced on the regular basis.”
  • Contract deliverables include exterior Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, including five multi-sensor cameras and two fixed cameras with fiber-to-copper converters; and Exacqvision Network Video Recorder with RAID 5 configuration, server cabinet-mountable, 60 days of footage storage capability and 208 VAC supportable with redundancy. The recorder’s video management software must be compatible with “CCure 9000 access control system” and be installed on as many as 20 security PCs provided by the state. The contractor must provide “ongoing hardware/software maintenance and support of CDT’s security system,” including software patches, upgrades and equipment installation.
  • Minimum qualifications for the respondent’s company include having completed at least three “projects of similar size and scope” during the last five years, “performing as a prime contractor.” Required licenses include manufacturers certifications — Software House Dealer Certification, CCURE 9000 System Installer/Maintainer, CCURE 9000 Advanced Integrator and Exacqvision Enterprise Training. Applicants must also have a “valid and active Contractors State License Board (CSLB) General Class C-7, Low Voltage Systems Contractor license,” and can’t use subcontractors in this area. The prime contractor must also be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations. On company experience, three verifiable references from organizations for which the respondent has provided services of “similar scope and nature” during the last five years are required — and one must be a government entity. On company references, three “verifiable references for projects similar in size as scope” are required, and only one may be for a CDT project.
  • The contract’s precise value isn’t stated. This is a two-year contract, with the option of a one-year extension. Prospective respondents must pre-register by 2 p.m. March 10 for a mandatory site conference; the conference will be held at 10 a.m. March 16-17. Written questions are due by 2 p.m. March 18. Responses to the RFQ are due by 2 p.m. March 30 and will be opened that day at 2:30 p.m. The proposed contract award date is April 15.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.