Integrated Wireless Network
| 04.13.2006 | 08:28:23 | Views: 3508 | ID:
April 13 '06: Several governmental agencies are cooperating to create the Integrated Wireless Network, which "replaces stovepipe stand alone component systems, and supports law enforcement, first responder, and homeland security requirements with integrated communications services," a Department of Justice release read.
The network, which was begun in the summer of 2004, is part of joint cooperative effort by the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Treasury and will "follow a performance-based acquisition approach using a Statement of Objectives (SOO)" to help move development.The $10 billion project is also being considered for integration with the new Secure Border Initiative Net (SBI-Net), Washington Technology News reported. Military Information Technology News reported that so far, "Four contractor teams - led by Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Motorola and Raytheon - are competing to become the lead systems integrator," for the network. MIT News reported that the network will "serve more than 80,000 law enforcement officials ... as well as at the state and local levels, while reaching up to 2,500 sites across the United States." That kind of communication among federal, state and local officials is necessary to help coordinate and move emergency supplies and logistics into needed areas as well as to stay prepared, according to acting Federal Emergency Management Agency Director R. David Paulison. In remarks made this week following the unveiling of new FEMA practices in preparation of the 2006 hurricane season, Paulison said, "Effective emergency management requires a team approach. This partnership needs to include all levels of government and all disciplines of emergency management and response."
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