- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego will spend at least $4.5 million to replace its outdated police dispatch system with a modern version that connects better to mobile computer terminals used by officers on patrol.

The Union-Tribune newspaper reported Monday (https://bit.ly/1kpPFeO ) that the City Council approved a contract this month with Intergraph Corporation, which bid against a group of competitors.

Police officials say their 24-year-old dispatch system doesn’t meet industry standards, is prone to failure and is difficult to repair because of antiquated programming language.

The newspaper says the contract could cost $7.5 million total if officials choose to exercise options for expert help with the system, including an Intergraph adviser who would work at police stations.

Officials say switching over to the new system would take about two years.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com

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