When a Seattle technology company submitted a bid to outfit New York City police officers with body cameras, department officials believed there was a mix-up. The $6.4 million bid, from Vievu, was about one-third the amount of its closest competitor, the Wall Street Journal reports. “We were shocked,” said a New York Police Department official. “We actually had to have a meeting with them to make sure it was not a mistake.” The NYPD selected Vievu in a process that will come under scrutiny at a public hearing today. Tasere International Inc., which lost out on the contract, has raised concerns about Vievu’s pricing and questions about its technology.
Taser has filed a complaint with Police Commissioner James O’Neill and is pressing the issue by offering to the give NYPD 1,000 cameras free as part of a field test, while pushing its competitors to do the same. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said the department is aware of the offer. “It was submitted well after the evaluation process was over and will be reviewed in accordance with procurement process guidelines,” he said. NYPD says Vievu was put through rigorous testing in which it scored the same as Taser, despite the lower price tag.