New York State interops network fails first test
| 12.21.2007 | 14:11:07 | Views: 3564 | ID:
December 21 '07: The New York Times reported that the first major test of New York State's statewide interoperable first responder network "has failed its first major test, prompting concerns from some state officials and causing the state's second largest city, Buffalo, to opt out of the system."
The $2 billion Statewide Wireless Network, as it is known, "would allow tens of thousands of police officer, firefighters and other emergency personnel statewide to communicate" and to help fill the "gaps" in the most remote parts of the state. Because Buffalo officials said the new system operated so poorly, they will use their old system but with new upgrades.In a press release dated to 2006, state officials said the interoperable capabilities of the network were based on the option of utilizing three different communications technologies to link devices and people together - depending on the situation at-hand. Optimally, the SWN would provide coverage to about 95 percent of the state and about 97 percent of all roadways would have coverage. The Times reported that officials associated with M/A-Com, a division of Tyco International said the problems with the new system could be fixed and that the gaps in performance were "localized".
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