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Wireless help. The New York City Police Department will install a wireless mapping system for its 911 emergency system so dispatchers can find callers in distress faster.

The department awarded a $700,000 contract to iXP Corp. of Princeton, N.J., a systems integration and consulting company, for software and testing at sites throughout New York's five boroughs, a company spokeswoman said.

Cell phone callers can dial 911 for emergency help, but the current system cannot pinpoint the caller's location automatically, as it can with calls from landline phones. Wireless mapping software will let a dispatcher see the latitude and longitude of the wireless caller on a screen, iXP spokeswoman Dori Pasternak said.

The Fire Department also selected iXP to evaluate and redesign its radio communications. Under the $1 million contract, iXP will examine how effectively the department's radios perform inside buildings.

Hanging up. Carolyn Purcell, the first CIO of Texas, has retired after nine years in the post.

Since her appointment by the Department of Information Resources board in 1994, Purcell has initiated almost every major IT project for Texas. She implemented Web technologies to deliver information and services to citizens through TexasOnline.com in 1999. She led the effort to consolidate the state's data center. She also managed the year 2000 remediation work and improvements to the statewide telecommunications operations, volume purchase pricing for IT products, statewide network security and other IT projects.

Before coming to Texas, Purcell held several CIO positions in the public and private sector. She also is a former president of the National Association for State CIOs.

Telecom outsourcing. Arizona plans to release a request for proposals in October to outsource its telecommunications operations.

Based on current expenditures, the five-year contract is estimated to be worth more than $50 million, state officials said. The state will award the contract in February 2004.

The RFP will call for the outsourcing of the Arizona Telecommunication System voice and data networks. The winning contractor will manage the system's fiber ring in the Capitol Mall in Phoenix, the core network in the satellite campus in Tucson, network infrastructure connecting state offices in Phoenix and Tucson, and other data lines throughout the state.

The state expects bidders to use the current network equipment and support a scalable, statewide, converged voice, data and video network for the state's business needs, state officials said. The RFP also should allow the state to add customers, locations and services during the course of the contract.

For more information on the project, visit the Arizona Government Information Technology Agency Web site at gita.state.az.us/telecom.

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