Local company shafted by photo radar

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WINNIPEG, Man. — Photo radar has yet to be fully implemented in Manitoba, but one local company says it has already been robbed by the system.

The $31-million contract for photo radar equipment has been awarded to Dallas, Tex.-based ACS Public Sector Solutions. This despite the fact a Winnipeg company tendered a bid $11.3 million lower for the contract.

City council says it was led to believe Winnipeg-based EDS Canada wasn’t up to par, but EDS vice-president, Hal Rykman, insists his company’s system has a proven track record in the field.

He is also disappointed the city didn’t call any of the company’s references before making the decision, and now he’s hoping council will re-think its choice.

Council relied on a Winnipeg Police Service report when reaching a decision. Meanwhile, a court challenge launched by EDS could stall the implementation of photo radar and buy drivers some more time.

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