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March 13, 2008

More Details on NYC Public Safety, Muni Network

By Glenn Fleishman offers extensive details on New York City’s soon to launch wireless network: The public safety and municipal network, NYCWiN, started its trials last year. One key early pilot project is a traffic signal synchronization effort. Traffic systems are typically expensive to run, requiring lots of manual effort, and use outdated computerized systems prone to failure. The city will put 2,400 wireless adapters on signals over the next year to keep signals in sync, reduce congestion, and make it easier to know what’s broken. This will all save New Yorkers time and money while reducing emissions: more traffic idling or jammed means more outputs. Policy will be able to use the wireless network in the field for “photo, warrant, and license plate databases,” which improves efficiency, and ensures that those with outstanding warrants or previous records aren’t overlooked. It’s easier for stolen cars and other license-related issues to be resolved, too. Ambulances and garbage trucks alike will be able to be tracked in the field to better deploy and survey availability. School buses could be equipped with trackers for location and on-time performance tracking.

Posted by Glennf at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

March 10, 2008

New York City Lights Up Massive Public Safety, Muni Network

By Glenn Fleishman

New York City launches enormous network for emergency response, traffic control, meter reading, other purposes: The New York City Wireless Network (NYCWiN) includes many different purposes, but none of them include public access. That’s a discussion for another day, apparently. But the scope is impressive: 70-percent coverage of 322 sq mi of the Big Apple at launch, and 95 percent by summer, and full coverage before 2009, MuniWireless reports. Northup Grumman is the lead on a $500m, 5-year contract that uses UMTS over licensed frequencies with gear from IP Wireless (part of NextWave Wireless). The network has 53 projects across 19 agencies in pilot or preparing for deployment, which is the dog wagging the tail—the right way to build networks is with applications in mind, well thought out. We’ll see how this project proceeds. Using licensed spectrum that’s organized apart from any other efforts ensures the best access and the least conflicts.

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