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An Evaluation Framework for Requests for Proposals of Municipal Wireless Networks: A Case Study of Three Municipalities

An Evaluation Framework for Requests for Proposals of Municipal Wireless Networks: A Case Study of Three Municipalities
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Author(s): Greg Brabander (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA), Pat Cahalan (California Institute of Technology, USA), Kim Douglas (Claremont Graduate University, USA), Chris Malek (California Institute of Technology, USA) and Samuel C. Yang (California State University, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch035
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

In this paper, we formalize an evaluation framework that can be used by decision makers and city planners to specify their RFPs for MWNs. In addition, the paper conducts a case study of three municipalities; it applies the developed framework to actual projects of three cities in order to assess the likelihood of the success of the ensuing projects. It is found that an effective MWN RFP forms the basis for planning a successful project. Such RFP includes clearly-defined goals and financial models, which should be clear as to avoid the need for later clarification. An effective RFP should result in a network built on schedule and on budget during deployment, as well as a network consuming predictable expenses to run. Finally, the RFP should communicate in detail the types of services the city expects from the network, so the vendor can work to deliver them and the city can avoid future issues of accountability.

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