Meeting Date:           December 17, 2007


From:                          Mike Thornton, Purchasing Manager


Subject:                      Purchase Requisition #39107 for the purchase of digital in-car video systems for the Police Department



Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval of purchase requisition #39107 to Digital-Ally for the purchase of 17  digital in-car video systems for $70,980.00.



This purchase of 17 digital in-car video systems is the first in a multi-year plan to replace existing analog (tape) video recorders with new digital units.  There are currently eight  patrol vehicles without any type of video recording system that will be outfitted with this purchase.  The other nine systems will replace aging analog units that fail regularly and are not performing as needed.


The Leesburg Police Department reviewed several manufacturers of digital in-car video systems.  They identified the features of the Digital-Ally rearview unit to be the best of breed system.  The unit consists of a module that replaces the vehicles rear view mirror.  Inside the module are all the digital components for the system and a small TFT color monitor that allows them to watch video playback.  The digital camera is external to the module and mounts on the vehicles windshield.


Some of the unique features for this system are:



Of the video systems evaluated by the Police Department, no other system was a ‘one size’ fits all system.  Some systems had vehicle specific mounting kits while others required vehicle modifications for installation.  The Digital-Ally system was the only system found that was not vehicle manufacturer specific and required no alterations to the vehicle for installation.  During the evaluation process other vendors were not responsive to requests for information or did not provide information promised to our evaluators.  Digital-Ally met with the department’s evaluation team and provided a system for a 30 day field evaluation by City of Leesburg officers.  The department contacted three other agencies that currently use the Digital-Ally system.  All three had only favorable remarks and highly recommend the system.


The final recommendation by the evaluation committee after demonstrations of several products and the field test is to purchase the Digital-Ally system.  This recommendation is based on lower cost compared to other systems, existing customer satisfaction, compact installation, and ease of use.


If approved, the City will be purchasing these systems using an existing State of West Virginia price agreement with Digital-Ally.  The Purchasing Division has evaluated the pricing agreement and has found the agreement to be valid, competitively bid, and appropriately awarded to Digital-Ally.  A copy of the agreement is attached for your review.  The State of West Virginia agreement is available for use by other agencies and municipalities.  The vendor has extended this pricing to the City of Leesburg as detailed on the attached price quotation.


Vendor Bids from West Virginia Bid


Vendor Name

Price Quote

Detracting Features

Leawood, KS

 $      3,895.00

Smaller video screen.

Safety Vision LP
Houston, TX

 $      3,700.00

Multi module system: recorder, monitor, camera, extensive wiring, console mount.

, NC

 $      5,295.00

Price.  Installation method.



1.  Approve purchase requisition 39107 to Digital-Ally, Inc.; or

2.  Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate


Fiscal Impact

This is a budgeted purchase in the 2008 fiscal year.  The purchase is being funded from grant, forfeiture, and capital project accounts as listed.  There is a project deficit of $10,854 from the capital project account.  This deficit will be made up by using money from budgeted digital radios.  The digital radios will no longer be needed due to the Lake County radio tower project.


Submission Date and Time:    12/13/2007 9:25 AM____


Department: __Police Department_____

Prepared by:  __Mike Thornton________                     

Attachments:         Yes__X_   No ______

Advertised:   ____Not Required __X___                     

Dates:   __________________________                     

Attorney Review :       Yes___  No ____



Revised 6/10/04


Reviewed by: Dept. Head ________


Finance  Dept. __________________                                     


Deputy C.M. ___________________                                                                         

Submitted by:

City Manager ___________________


Account No. _001-2111-521.64-10_



Project No. __JA0003___________


WF No. _____NA______________


Budget  _____$125,095.00________

               _____$ 48,390.00________


Available ____$ 58,711.59________

               _____$ 26,393.31________