The Minnesota-based National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) recently
awarded Siemens Industry Inc.'s Building Technologies Division with a
four-year national contract for the procurement of facility security
services. The contract allows the agency's more than 50,000 members to
streamline the procurement process by leveraging a pre-competed national
contract, saving members time and money. It also facilitates project
planning and startups, as Siemens can work directly with the individual
NJPA is a municipal contracting agency that has the legislative
authority to nationally procure contracts, equipment, and service
opportunities for its members. Member agencies include all government,
higher education, K-12 education, non-profit, and all other public
agencies located throughout the U.S. Leveraging contract purchasing
solutions nationally enables contracted suppliers and member agencies to
work smarter and more efficiently as they do business with one another.
Approximately $1 billion in products are purchased annually through NJPA
For this particular facility security contract, NJPA assessed bids from
a number of contenders. Breadth and quality of products and services
offered, industry success and experience, competitive pricing, highly
developed sales force, and extensive sales and service infrastructure
were all important considerations.
"Certainly, price was a consideration in our selection, but so too were
quality and credibility," says Tony Glenz, NJPA contract manager.
"Siemens earned high marks in all categories. We also liked the
structure of its banch office organization, which will allow the
company to respond to our members on a local level with qualified sales
and service support."
A systems manufacturer as well as a solutions integrator in enterprise
security, Siemens' Building Technologies Division partners with public
safety, emergency managers, and loss prevention professionals to provide
turnkey solutions. Its security offerings include video surveillance and
advanced analytic systems, access control systems, intrusion detection,
fire alarm, monitoring services, advanced mass notification and
emergency communications, command and control/PSIM, state-of-the-art IP
connectivity, and integration.
"We look forward to working with the members of NJPA on this unified
purchasing alliance," says Rob Welton, national business development
manager at Siemens Industry, Inc. "All organizations, whether defined as
a city, non-profit, or educational entity, are looking for ways to get
the best products in a timely fashion, without duplicative expense.
Siemens and the NJPA contract accomplish this with fire and security
technology for NJPA members in a world-class way."
More information on the National Joint Powers Alliance can be found at www.njpacoop.org.
The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany),
with approximately 90,000 employees, focuses on sustainable technologies
for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offering includes
products, systems and solutions for intelligent traffic management,
rail-bound transportation, smart grids, energy efficient buildings, and
safety and security. The Sector comprises the divisions Building
Technologies, Low and Medium Voltage, Mobility and Logistics, Rail
Systems and Smart Grid. For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities
The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Zug, Switzerland) is
the world leader in the market for safe and secure, energy-efficient and
environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As technology
partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor,
Building Technologies has offerings for safety and security as well as
building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
and energy management. With around 29,000 employees worldwide, Building
Technologies generated revenue of 5.8 billion Euro. For more
information, visit www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies
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