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County to upgrade Wi-Fi across county facilities with $3.5M contract

- By Rachel Ravina

NORRISTOWN >> Officials have authorized a $3.58 million contract to revamp internet accessibil­ity in Montgomery County facilities.

The $3,586,121 agreement between the Montgomery County Department of Informatio­n and Technology Services and King of Prussia-based ePlus Technologi­es, Inc. supplied “equipment and installati­on services” to conduct a “countywide Wi-Fi infrastruc­ture upgrade” of county buildings and facilities. The services were provided through the Commonweal­th of Pennsylvan­ia’s cooperativ­e purchasing program, according to the contract.

The multimilli­on technology contract was one of more than a dozen others approved during the Oct. 6 Montgomery County Board of Commission­ers meeting. Totaling more than $5.3 million, the contracts applied to several county department­s including Public Safety, Purchasing and Health and Human Services.

A nearly $600,000 informatio­n technology contract was renewed for the fourth time. The $598,210 contract with Crown Castle Fiber, of Warrington, work for “dark fiber connectivi­ty” and internet service provider services across Montgomery County. The initial fiveyear agreement stipulated five optional one-year renewal terms, according to the contract.

A $420,000 agreement between the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and Eagleville Hospital, of Eagleville provided a “24-hour screening, assessment, and referral site for Montgomery County individual­s in need of substance use treatment.”

The suburban treatment center, located at 100 Eagleville Road, in Eagleville, was the sole respondent to

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a request for proposals, according to the contract. The county health department’s Drug and Alcohol division endorsed the action as the “only responding provider who has met all qualificat­ions.”

Financiall­y, the threeyear term costs $140,000 per year, according to the contract.

Additional­ly, a $200,000 contract with Johnson, Mirmiran, Thompson Inc., of Hunt Valley, Maryland, offered consulting services so the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety can implement a Geographic Informatio­n System.

The protocol, identified through the “National Emergency Number Associatio­n” would incorporat­e “compliant address points, street centerline­s (and) best practice documentat­ion” in order to “finalize web tools used for address validation­s in Montgomery County.”

A request for proposals previously published online netted two responses and 51 views from companies, according to the contract. The county public safety department endorsed the Maryland firm.

The next Montgomery County Board of Commission­ers meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Oct. 20 on the eighth floor of One Montgomery Plaza, located at 425 Swede St., in Norristown. Those interested in attending the meeting can also do so virtually. Visit montcopa.org for more informatio­n.

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