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Expensive and useless for the Greeks turned out to be the C4I security system

26 May 2010 / 14:05:37  GRReporter
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A complaint against the company SAIC for not installing on time the C4I security system and not training Greek personnel to work with it submitted the Greek Ministry of civil protection.

By decision of the Deputy Minister Spyros Vuyas the Ministry accused the company SAIC (Science Application International Corporation) for failure to perform commitment from the contract with the state of Greece. The company had to deliver the C4I security system and install it by 21 April this year, which never happened.

The appeal against the contract does not include the communication network ΤΕΤRΑ, as the services for the support of the system continue to function properly. Meanwhile, Minister Vuyas announced with a second decision that he excludes the supplier company SAIC from its obligation to train staff to work with the security system and technicians, as it has not met the deadline.

Due to lack of staff who knows how to handle the system, it actually becomes useless. According to Minister Vuyas this had to be executed by the previous government in order to save public funds in the amount of 251 million euro. The point is that the state has paid the full amount of the security system which can not function as a whole. The intention of the ministry is to seek compensation from SAIC in the amount between 80 and 100 million euro.

It is noted that SAIC has filed a complaint to the International Court, which will have the last word, but it is believed that currently the Greek side is stronger in its position to get great discount on the price of C4I, which so far has never functioned fully, even during the Olympic Games for which the contract was made. The purchase of the security system from the American company was also the largest expense of the state for the safety during the Olympic Games.

The C4I terminal comes from the four initial letters of the words Command, Control, Coordination, Communication, Intergration. This is a network of technological means, infrastructures and communication and information systems (thirty different subsystems) that process sound, images and data that can benefit the security authorities.

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