Direct Purchase of Security System for $36 million
Friday, February 10, 2012
The government of Honduras has awarded, without conducting a tender process, a contract for the provision of a surveillance system which utilizes 2,000 cameras and a Control Center.
President Porfirio Lobo authorized the direct recruitment of the Israeli company NICE, to provide more than 2,000 smart cameras for strengthening the work of the Honduran National Police Force.

The cost of the contract is about $36.2 million.

According to the website of the newspaper El Heraldo, Lobo gave his approval to the Ministry of Security for the direct purchase of "services for the implementation of an Intelligent Technology Platform (Safe City) and Implementation of a Command and Control Center, amounting to 685,080,285 lempiras with national funds. "

"Under Lobo Sosa it was agreed that instead of hiring more police it would be better to invest in technology to monitor and counter crime on the capital’s streets", published the newspaper.
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Purchases Without Bidding in Guatemala
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Faced with criticism over multi million dollar direct purchases, the chief of Government justified these measures saying "a bidding tender does not guarantee transparency and honesty."
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