NY wireless network still deficient

February 4, 2009 6:06:33 PM PST
The New York state Office for Technology says the company building a planned $2 billion statewide emergency radio network failed to fix 15 flaws found previously in a two-county test and the state is terminating the contract. State officials say they've demanded a $50 million letter of credit from M/A-COM, a division of Tyco Electronics, to cover the state's expenses.

Office for Technology Director Melodie Mayberry-Stewart says the company "failed to demonstrate the reliability" of its technology in operational testing in November.

The company built the test system for emergency personnel in Chautauqua and Erie counties but said it was involved in a contract dispute with the state. Calls to MA/COM were not immediately returned.


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