NY officials find wireless network deficient

August 29, 2008 8:36:31 AM PDT
The New York state Office for Technology says 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. M/A-COM, a division of Tyco Electronics, was chosen in 2004 to build wireless transmission towers to allow police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel to communicate statewide, starting with test projects in Erie and Chautauqua counties.

State officials say faults include equipment failures, unreliable emergency call modes, inconsistent in-building coverage, inadequate network reliability and a failure to present a systematic plan for linking existing radio systems.

Calls to M/A-COM were not immediately returned.