Boston seeks upgrade for fire alarm boxes

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

BOSTON – One of America’s oldest cities has some pretty old fire alarm boxes as well, and Boston is looking for proposals from vendors on how to upgrade the city’s network of 2,200 fire alarm boxes, according to a press release from the city. The alarm boxes still use the same basic telegraph technology as when they were first installed in 1852.

The city submitted a technical request for information about “possible designs, services and interactive uses that might be provided through a modern upgrade, in the event the city seeks an alternative to the current system.”

The city, which is only seeking letters of interest and ideas from private vendors who are physically able to modify the current fire alarm boxes, is exploring ways to prototype a new fire alarm box by the end of 2013, with subsequent expansion to street-corner fire alarm boxes throughout the city.

The city is requesting written responses from vendors no later 12 P.M. EST on Friday, Feb. 22.