Speed cameras
(Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore has narrowed its list of potential speed camera vendors to three.

The companies — Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc., Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., and Brekford Corporation — are expected to be accepted as finalists Wednesday by the city's spending panel.


The companies will next engage in a round of proposing prices to city officials.

In a multimillion-dollar deal set to expire at the end of the year, the city currently contracts with the Dallas-based Xerox subsidiary. That company is represented by KO Public Affairs — the politically connected public relations firm.

Rawlings-Blake has convened a task force to study the devices. Last month, the city reported that it had taken in $19.2 million over the past year from its 83 speed cameras, which issue $40 citations — $4.2 million more than expected.

Rawlings-Blake does not plan to add more speed cameras in the near future, according to her budget projections, and the city expects its speed camera revenue to start falling soon. The city expects to take in $11.4 million from speed cameras next year, $7.5 million in 2014 and $6.9 million in 2015.