The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a $4.78-million contract with TRW Inc. to help begin upgrading the city's trouble-plagued 911 emergency dispatch communications system.
The design contract is the first step in a more than $10-million project to build an enhanced computer system that would link two planned communications centers to handle 911 calls.
Last December, Fluor Daniel Telecom, one of three bidders on the project, wrote a letter to city officials complaining that the bid process for the new system was flawed.
Officials of Fluor Daniel, who hinted that they might sue the city if the contract was awarded to TRW, retracted that threat Tuesday.
Last year, according to Los Angeles police statistics, a record 200,000 emergency calls went unanswered by LAPD 911 operators.