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From: "Tom DeReggi" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 21:44:50 
To:"WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Northrop to provide wireless public safety net for NYC

For $500 MILLION, it better be licensed or PublicSafety allocated Spectrum.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


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From: "Dawn DiPietro" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 6:54 AM
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 
> emergencies.
>
> 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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