Commissioners OK technology purchases

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners approved several technology purchases at their meeting Tuesday, including antivirus protection for the county’s computers.

The board approved the purchase of Kaspersky antivirus protection for county computers and email accounts. The total cost for the three-year term is $17,160, which will be purchased through GovConnection of Merrimack, N.H.

“Kaspersky still is the most lightweight, and when I say that, that means that it does its job without pulling down the resources of the computer. Antiviruses are notorious for taking a lot of the horsepower out of the computer just to keep it safe,” IT Director Matt Watkins said. He added that it has a very good detection rate.

The agreement includes the renewal of 600 Kaspersky endpoint protection licenses for county computers, as well as 900 security licenses for the mail server.

“The cute little malware viruses that people keep sending to us on an hourly basis, they keep getting scrubbed out for the most part. It’s not perfect technology, but it does a really good job,” he said.

The commissioners also approved the renewal of the county’s agreement with Civic Plus for website hosting for another three years.

The agreement includes unlimited support for hosting, DNS consulting and maintenance, traffic reports, content backups, antivirus and malware protection, as well as a “refresh” of the design to be completed in 2017.

The total cost for the three years is $29,714. Pricing per year includes a 5 percent increase to cover costs for hardware.

The board also authorized the purchase of a standalone cooling system for the technology server closet at the Department of Job and Family Services facility.

“This particular room at the Job and Family Services building runs about 85 degrees all the time because of all the equipment that’s in there,” Watkins said. “It’s put a real stress on the equipment over time and it’s been a long time coming.”

Keeping the system cool will help the equipment last longer, he added.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of four power supplies and a 16-channel video recorder to support the DVR system currently in use by the Sheriff’s Office, at a cost not to exceed $1,190 from MNJ Technologies.

These items are needed to keep the current system running as the new technology is bid out, Watkins said. The power supplies are new but the DVR is not.

“The DVR system that they’re using is quite old and we’re performing what I’d call ‘life support’ on them at this point,” he said.

A WatchGuard in-car camera system, which has video transfer and networking capabilities, was also approved for the Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $5,220.

The commissioners accepted another quote from MNJ Technologies for three HP desktop computers and licenses for the commissioner’s clerk, the financial accounts clerk and the budget finance analyst at a cost of $2,979.

By Cecilia Fox

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