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Santa Monica Awards Contracts for Fiber Optics, Traffic Cameras and Trees  


By Jorge Casuso

February 29, 2012 -- Santa Monica continued to maintain its high tech, tree-friendly profile with the City Council on Tuesday voting to pay for state-of-the art equipment and services and save the trees in the path of the oncoming train.

With the City's fiber optic services to Santa Monica businesses in high demand, the council voted to hire LightSquare in an amount not to exceed $365,000 to provide around the clock support.

The Nevada-based company will be tasked with ensuring that the City "maintains service level obligations and industry standard network response times" to customers that rely on the City’s secure fiber optic network to transmit data, voice and video files.

"While staff will continue to provide network support for the City’s internal network, the significant increase in fiber optic customers has increased the number of sites and hardware devices to support beyond existing staff resources," according to staff's report to the council.

The council on Tuesday also voted to pay Iteris Inc. $176,030 to purchase and install ten new video detection systems as part of Santa Monica's Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS). The new systems will replace detection systems along Arizona Avenue, the Office District, and Mid-City areas that are more than ten years old.

The new equipment "provides more accurate detection of vehicle and cyclists at signalized intersections, that can be managed and viewed remotely at the City’s Transportation Management Center," staff wrote in its report.

The new system provided by the California-based company would "produce savings for the City as remote connections reduce maintenance costs and lower response times to resolve problems," according to staff.  

Staff estimates the system will save the City $7,580 a year, as well as reduce the costs of sending police or traffic services personnel to control traffic at intersections where the signal equipment has malfunctioned.

Forty-eight of the city's 180 traffic-signal-controlled intersections currently have video detection technology installed.

The council also authorized paying Valley Crest Tree Company $350,000 to relocate 52 of the 66 trees from the Metro right-of-way adjacent to Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Cloverfield Boulevard to City property.

"The other 14 trees did not meet one or more of these criteria due to poor viability, inability to tolerate relocation, or high relocation costs associated with work that would be needed on infrastructure such as utilities, buildings, or hardscape around the current tree sites," staff wrote.

The California-based company will begin removing and relocating the 15 date palms, four queen palms, two melaleucas and 31 ficus next month.


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