Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Sheriff’s Office



November 17, 2010


November 30, 2010







Honorable Board of Supervisors


Greg Munks, Sheriff


Purchase of Custom Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) Speed Trailers for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC)



Adopt a Resolution waiving the Request for Proposals (RFP) process and authorizing the Purchasing Agent to purchase four (4) custom Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) Speed Trailers for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) from PIPS Technology in the amount of $164,000.



For the past 12 years, the NCHIDTA program has provided a stable source of federal funding and collaborative regional leadership to combat organized drug trafficking and related crime. In 2004, the NCRTTAC was established under NCHIDTA management to make it possible for public safety agencies to identify and assess terrorist threats in the Bay Area. NCRTTAC was co-located with NCHIDTA to form an information “Fusion Center” for Northern California. In 2009, the Fusion Center began doing business as the NCRIC. The US Department of Homeland Security and the State of California have designated the NCRIC as the regional Fusion Center for the Bay Area. The NCRIC is funded by federal State Homeland Security Program funds, for which the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) serves as the grantee as well as federal Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funds, for which the City and County of San Francisco serves as the regional administrator.

Because NCHIDTA and NCRTTAC are funding streams and not legal entities, the Sheriff serves as the lead agency for both NCHIDTA and NCRTTAC.

On June 16, 2009, your Board entered into an Agreement (Resolution No. 070216) with the City and County of San Francisco for the distribution of Fiscal Year 2008 Bay Area UASI grant funds in the amount of $2,253,456.

On May 25, 2010, your Board executed the First Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Bay Area UASI grant award (Resolution No. 070796) to increase the distribution of grant funds by $20,301 from $2,253,456 to $2,273,757.



A portion of the NCRIC’s mission is to lawfully collect, analyze and disseminate criminal information and intelligence to federal, state, local and tribal public safety agencies and provide information sharing support during regional critical incidents and planned special events. Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) systems assist the NCRIC in accomplishing its mission of collection through the identification of vehicles associated with criminal activity, surveillance of critical infrastructure locations, and potential terrorist activity. They also aid in the operability and sharing of data across agencies.

PIPS Technology is the only vendor and the original equipment manufacturer of the custom ALPR Speed Trailer SLATE-950-LE-SST. They design, manufacture, and develop their own hardware and software, including PAGIS and BOSS. The NCRIC currently uses PIPS PAGIS and BOSS in conjunction with Department of Homeland Security funded and California Emergency Management Agency approved PIPS Technology ALPR systems. In addition, their technology has passed a rigorous 5-protocol day and night testing procedure by the California Highway Patrol. The SLATE-950-LE-SST also incorporates patented infrared illumination in an infrared camera for effective license plate imaging and a color camera for a vehicle overview image. Therefore, NCRIC is requesting the RFP process be waived since PIPS Technology is considered a sole source provider of the custom ALPR Speed Trailers.

County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form.

Approval of the Resolution contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of a Collaborative Community as NCRIC is a collaborative regional public safety undertaking which leads to safer communities by improving cooperation and information sharing between agencies.




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The cost of four (4) custom ALPR Speed Trailers from PIPS Technology will not exceed $164,000. All costs associated with the NCRIC operation are 100% reimbursable from federal funds. There is no Net County Cost.