New York state launches $2 billion wireless net

The state of New York has announced that it is ready to begin work on a 20-year, $2 billion project to build a new statewide public safety radio network, the Statewide Wireless Network.

M/A-Com of Lowell, Mass., was selected as the prime contractor to lead the design and construction of the statewide digital land mobile radio network. M/A-Com also will be responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the network.

The project is intended to improve emergency response and homeland security by replacing several outdated radio systems with an advanced digital network. State officials are encouraging local governments to participate in the project so they can benefit from enhanced emergency radio communications and greater interoperability during crises.

The network will be used as a day-to-day public safety radio system, as well as during emergencies. It will provide essential connectivity to enable on-demand and real-time coordination of police, fire, emergency medical and other necessary response systems.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.


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