By Trevor Busch
The Town of Taber has awarded a six-figure contract for a regional computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.
At their Oct. 27 meeting, town council voted unanimously to accept the vendor iNet Dispatch Inc. for the regional CAD project for the quoted amount of $280,400.
“We did our comparison on a number of different areas,” said Tom Moffat, information technology manager. “We considered iNet Dispatch to be the best. They were the best for functionality — they did all of the things that we wanted them to do — and they were also one of the best on cost.”
The Regional Computer Aided Dispatch System is a collaborative project undertaken by the Town of Taber, M.D. of Taber, Town of Vauxhall and Village of Barnwell. The goal of the project is to create a computer-aided dispatch software/hardware system to be operated by the Taber Regional 9-1-1 Dispatch Centre, located at the Taber Police Station.
The regional partners have applied for and obtained a provincial grant for the project, and have completed an evaluation process to find a suitable vendor. The timeline for the project extends into 2015, with a projected go-live date of March 31, 2015.
“I’m just very happy to see the evaluation criteria spelled out on a sheet,” said Coun. Rick Popadynetz.
The project is included in the town’s current budget, at a budgeted amount of $325,000. The town has received a grant of $250,000 from the province as a contribution.
iNet Dispatch: $282,750
United Systems Solutions: $281,073.52
Intergraph Canada Ltd.: $498,276.20