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NY Radio Problems Continue

Dan Jones
8/29/2008

1:50 PM -- It's kind of shocking that the deployment of a statewide emergency radio system in New York doesn't seem to be a more urgent issue for all concerned.

The New York state office for technology says today it has found 19 flaws in a proposed $2 billion statewide emergency radio network and told the main contractor they must be corrected within 45 days or the state could end the contract, AP reports.

Make no mistake, though, there's been known problems with this network for a while. (See 9/11: The Radio Issue and Whoops!) Main contractor MA-COM won the deal to deploy the network in 2004; it's slated to go live in 2010.

Meanwhile, as we wait for decent interoperable emergency radio, the recent report on the fatal fire at the Deutsche Bank Building in 2007 concluded that continuing radio issues were part of the problem. The Deutsche Bank Building is just minutes from Ground Zero, but the fire happened nearly six years after 9/11 first highlighted the radio interference and interoperability problems that are faced by New York's emergency workers.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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