For those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the industry, public procurement can be a complicated topic to broach. To clear the confusion, NIGP – The Institute for Public Procurement has released its Public Procurement Guide for Senior and Elected Government Officials
But as those who manage, maintain and operate facilities know, connecting the technical and programmatic demands of the facilities with the investments required to address them is a more difficult job than ever before
Maintaining critical infrastructure is one of the most important jobs out there, one that can protect millions of people while also making their lives better. There’s just one small detail: It all needs to be maintained, and most of it needs to be able to phone home reliably.
The City of Houston faced a number of challenges with a growing list of repairs needed at more than 270 facilities. Solutions provided by Schneider Electric resulted in improved system reliability, shorter work order response time, reduced deferred maintenance backlog, and local job creation. Incredibly, this project saves the city of Houston $2.5M a year, all without increasing taxes.
Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Foley, Alabama almost doubled. Averse to incurring debt unnecessarily, city leaders were looking for ways to better manage operating costs while delivering quality services to the growing number of residents. Solutions provided by Schneider Electric allowed the City to think “big” to enhance energy conservation, modernize technology, cut operating costs and keep Foley competitive for tourism and development projects.
Natural disasters and emergency situations can happen at any time and anywhere. All in the same year, severe storms cause flooding in the Southeast, tornadoes rip through the Midwest and drought and wildfires devastate the West. No place is immune to an emergency situation.
The Department of Homeland Security warned that cyber attacks against law enforcement, fire departments and other emergency services are likely to increase in frequency. As public-safety networks become more interconnected and dependent on information technology, their vulnerability to attack increases.