RAMPSI Continues to Provide Video Integration Support to the Town of Vienna

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

by BRIAN TROMPETER, Staff Writer -- The Sun Gazette

Vienna is moving ahead with its efforts to broadcast meetings via cable television, and may be ready to do so as early as next spring, officials said. 

The Town Council on April 25 waived competitive-procurement requirements and agreed to a $12,000 purchase order with R. A. M. Production Services, Inc. of Burke to continue for another year their consulting work on the town’s cable-broadcast efforts. 

The plan will be executed in three phases. Phase 1 involves the purchase of about $110,000 in core equipment, which will be used to provide a basic cable-television signal by October. 

During Phase 2, the town will buy about $21,000 worth of production equipment, including a mobile camera and editing software. This phase should be completed by December.

Phase 3 would upgrade the Town Council Chamber with about $140,000 worth of equipment, including display monitors, a document camera, camera-control desk and media-enabled podium. This phase should be finished by March 2012, provided renovations to Town Hall’s HVAC system proceed according to schedule, officials said. 

These projects would be financed using fees collected by the town as part of its cable-franchise agreement. The existing fund currently contains about $441,569. 

In a related matter, the council approved the transfer of $12,880 from that fund to the information-technology