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|Galesburg Council Approves VOIP System
|One vendor clearly isn't happy, while another likely is, after the Galesburg City Council gave its blessing to what the city wanted in terms of a major overhaul of the city's telephone system.
Aldermen Monday night voted to approve the purchase of $138,000 worth of Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone equipment from Iowa-based Communications Innovators, that will eventually replace the entire city phone system and save the city an estimated $80,000 a year.
But the low-bidder on the project wasn't Communications Innovators. It was Davenport-based Tri City Communications. Tri-City's Roger Killian told aldermen he doesn't get where he went wrong with his bid. "We really honestly believe we have a better solution," Killian said. "Through whatever mechanism, I think, the committee did not fully understand the way our system operates."
City Manager Dane Bragg, who was a part of the city committee that investigated the VOIP issue and what brand of system would be in place, says he doesn't see it that way. "The committee has done a very thorough review, and certainly, we appreciate Tri-City putting together a proposal, and we were pleased to work with them and have worked well with them in the past," Bragg said. "In the committee's assessment, the Mytel (VOIP) solution was not the best fit for what we needed in this organization."
The system that was chosen, Bragg says, is solid-state and has no moving parts, and will allow for the use of analog backup phone lines if there were a problem with the internet system.
A backup power generator for that system and the city's emergency lights was also approved to be purchased.
|03 17 09 by Newsroom
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