I was sitting at home today semi-enjoying watching Baltimore against Boston at Fenway.
In the middle of the game I got a call from a friend of mine who knows far more about computer technology than I.
He asked me what was going on with one of the items on Monday night’s town council agenda.
Naturally I asked him which item.
He said item number ten, which reads as follows:
10. Vote to ratify the proposal of GBE Technologies of East Providence, RI in an amount not to exceed $336,540.00 for the installation of Telephony LAN Technology in the new Middle/High School.
He pointed out to me that this raises a number of questions.
First, is this just the network for the telephone system? If so it seems to be extremely steep.
Second, if it is not just for the telephone system, but a LAN (Local Area Network} for all computer resources, is it wireless? Even in this case, it still seems very expensive.
Following his call I looked into several other aspects of this item.
First, I could not find any website for a GBE Technologies in East Providence, Rhode Island. When garage shops that produce a smart phone App have a website, why doesn’t one exist for a company getting a $336,540 contract?
I did find a GBE Technologies out of Hong Kong. Their name stands for Giveaway Business Expert. They tout themselves as an OEM manufacturer of MP3/MP4 players and USB drives. Hardly an enterprise specializing in this matter.
What subcommittee vetted this agenda item? Who advised them on the technical issues? Can they answer these questions?
I think those of us who are footing the bill deserve an answer.