Anyone has an idea on what freq this system will operate ?

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Subject: [WISPA] Northrop to provide wireless public safety net for NYC

Northrop to provide wireless public safety net for NYC

BY Bob Brewin
Published on Sept. 12, 2006

New York City has awarded Northrop Grumman a $500 million contract to 
develop a broadband wireless network, which the city characterized as 
the "most aggressive commitment by any municipality to provide a 
next-generation public safety network."

The New York Citywide Mobile Wireless Network (CMWN) will provide the 
New York Police Department, Fire Department, Transportation Department, 
Office of Emergency Management and other agencies with a high-speed 
network capable of handling a variety of broadband data including 
federal and state anti-crime and anti-terrorism, fingerprint, mug shot 
and city map databases, and full-motion streaming video, the city said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the new network will help fill in the 
communications gaps that occurred as emergency workers grappled five 
years ago with the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center. 
"One of the most important lessons learned from the Sept. 11 attacks was 
that our emergency responders need better access to information and 
clearer lines of communication in the field," Bloomberg said.

CMWN will ensure that public safety workers will have the tools they 
need to fight crime and help in emergencies, Bloomberg said. It will 
also improve efficiency and productivity in nonemergency situations by 
streamlining communications and improving service, he added.

The city said it expects Northrop Grumman will turn the network on in 
Lower Manhattan by January 2007, with citywide deployment planned by 
spring 2008. The city has an option to extend the contract for 10 years.

The company said it selected IPWireless to provide its Universal Mobile 
Telecommunications System equipment used by commercial cellular carriers 
for CMWN. The gear can provide mobile users with broadband data service 
at speeds up to 16M per second, according to a fact sheet on the 
company's Web site.

Lori Horton, director of strategic wireless initiatives at Northrop 
Grumman, said CMWN will provide users with data rates of 2M per second 
in a vehicle moving 60 miles per hour. The company demonstrated in a 
test earlier this year in Lower Manhattan that it can provide such data 
rates to vehicles moving at 120 mph, she added.

A unique feature of the network will address concerns raised by top 
commanders' inability to communicate in the aftermath of the terrorist 
attacks, Horton said. It will give priority to incident scene commanders 
so they get the bandwidth they need when they need it, she said.

The city said the high data rates provided by CMWN will allow the NYPD 
and FDNY to deploy new applications to workers in the field. The network 
will enable police officers to access real-time photo, warrant and 
license plate databases.

The network will enable FDNY to establish reliable wireless connectivity 
between the Fire Operations Center and responders in the field to 
transmit on-scene data and video, the city said. New York will work to 
provide network access to state and federal public safety agencies.

The city said it plans to use CMWN support a number of nonemergency 
applications that will provide a significant improvement over existing 
technology for city workers in the field. For example, it will include 
remote water meter reading technology for the Environmental Protection 
Department, which will reduce costs associated with conventional methods 
of meter reading.

The city said its DOT will use the network to expand its ability to 
remotely monitor and program traffic signal controls daily and during 

When New York released the CMWN bid request in 2004, it attracted 
interest from bidders including EDS, IBM, Lucent and Lockheed Martin.


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