MiCTA, a national non-profit technology consortium has announced that the company has partnered with Northern Michigan University to issue three separate Requests For Proposals from eligible vendors of Enhanced 911 (E911), Next Generation 911, (NG911) and multi-line telephone system (MLTS) vendors.
According to the company, if any vendor wants to get a copy of one or more of the RFPs, they should get in touch with MiCTA immediately. If they wish to do so, they have to respond by Friday, February 1, 2013.
According to von Hoff, MiCTA can strike a better deal from vendors. These deals would be better than the ones members would be eligible individually. MiCTA can also save its members the work and cost that is incurred in issuing their own individual RFPs by issuing E911, NG 911 and MLTS RFPs on behalf of its membership. For some time now, the company has been monitoring the interest in evolving 911 regulations that affect its membership.
“Many of our members have a need for a multitude of 911-related services," said Tim von Hoff, chief operating officer of MiCTA. "A growing number of state and local regulations regarding the provision of enhanced 911 services are driving this demand, especially as they are applied to multi-line telephone services and residential buildings on campus. Our municipal members are also seeking out ways to respond to incoming emergency assistance calls from a variety of mobile communications devices.”
Recently, the company renewed an agreement with Verizon (News - Alert). While the renewed agreement runs through August 2015, the original agreement between MiCTA and Verizon was signed in October 2010. In excess of 600 customers across the U.S. have utilized the agreement to buy advanced communications and information technology solutions. Also, certain purchases made by schools and libraries may qualify for Universal Service Fund e-rate funding.
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