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City comm. New York City Transit has added 230 Iridium satellite service telephones to beef up its emergency communications and has installed a satellite repeater to enable indoor communications at its Manhattan headquarters.

The SatMAX repeater from Eagle Broadband Inc. of League City, Texas, was installed last month in anticipation of the Republican National Convention.

If telephone or power systems are knocked out, satellite service will remain available.

NYCT is the largest agency within the regional Metropolitan Transportation Authority and operates the city's bus and subway systems. It carries 2.2 billion riders a year and has 48,000 employees.

The convention was designated a national special security event, making Homeland Security Department funding available for technology to secure NYCT as ordered.

Tax deal. The Nevada Department of Taxation has awarded Accenture Ltd. a four-year, $27.9 million contract to modernize the state's tax system.

Accenture of Hamilton, Bermuda, will assist the department in modernizing its operations by designing and building a new, unified tax system.

The foundation for the system will be the company's tax administration application, which will help the state address requirements such as tax return processing and revenue distribution.

Accenture's team includes Revenue Solutions Inc. of Pembroke, Mass., and Covansys Corp of Farmington Hills, Mich. Revenue Solutions will handle tax compliance and audit requirements, while Covansys will assist with conversion to the new system, Accenture said.

Once the system is installed, Nevada taxpayers will be able to access tax information and conduct tax-related transactions on the Web.

Consolidation on hold. Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell has suspended the decision by her predecessor to consolidate all state technology personnel into the state's Department of IT.

The governor's action temporarily blocks transfer of the management of about 350 employees in various state agencies to the state IT department until a new commissioner is hired. The consolidation had been planned to take effect Oct. 1.

Under the centralization plan approved by former Gov. John Rowland, nonmanagerial computer personnel would have continued serving in various state agencies, but would have become state IT department employees.

For now, the computer personnel will remain employees of their current agencies and continue to coordinate their work with the state IT department, Rell said. The state's first priority will be hiring a new commissioner for the department, she said.

That person's first task will be a full review of the state IT department's current operations.


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