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NY Statewide Wireless Network Project Status

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From www3.oft.state.ny.us/swn/status.cfm

* On September 22, 2005 James T. Dillon, Chief Information Officer, announced that the New York State Comptroller?s Office signed the contract with M/A Com for the design and construction of the state?s new public safety radio network.

Current Status of the SEQRA Process for the SWN

* OFT was established as the lead agency for the purposes of SEQRA review of the SWN. On March 25, 2004, OFT, as the lead agency, elected to permissibly segment the review of the project in accordance with 6 NYCRR ?617.3 (g)(1).
* OFT issued a Negative Declaration of Significance regarding the initial phase of the project, which involves the Phase I Engineering Design of the proposed SWN.
* OFT released the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) on September 29, 2004.
* OFT conducted public hearings on the DGEIS at sixteen locations throughout the State in October and November, 2004.
* OFT accepted written comments on the DGEIS through December 15, 2004.
* OFT published the FGEIS on March 30, 2005.
* OFT published the Findings Statement on June 2, 2005.




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Posted: Fri May 12 2006, 04:25pm

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General SWN Information
Description

The Statewide Wireless Network is a mission-critical project for Public Safety which moves the State from obsolete and failing architecture to a state-of-the-art digital trunked land mobile radio system. SWN is fundamentally a communication infrastructure, a collection of radio sites blanketing the State that allow first responders to communicate and share information from wherever they are. These sites are interconnected by a backbone network while being monitored and controlled by a pair of redundant operations centers. The radio sites and network are designed to have very high reliability and provide continuous operations in the face of equipment failures or the impact of natural (e.g., major weather phenomena) or manmade incidents (e.g., September 11, 2001).

The Statewide Wireless Network is a project that will:

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Implement an integrated statewide wireless radio network to provide a common communications platform for State public safety and public service agencies
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Enhance interoperability between these agencies, especially in emergencies
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Include local governments at their option
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Encourage partnerships with local governments to enhance communications functionality and achieve economies in network build out
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Accommodate both voice and data

Mission



The mission of theStatewide Wireless Network (SWN) is to develop and implement an integrated statewide wireless radio network to provide a common communications platform for State public safety and public service agencies, and enhance interoperability.



The network will include local governments at their option.

The SWN will encourage partnerships with local governments to enhance communications and achieve economies in network build out.

This website provides information about the design, acquisition and implementation of the SWN land mobile radio public safety system. It is our intent that it will be maintained with up to date information regarding all aspects of this initiative and that this site will be used to provide as well as receive information
Project Status

* On September 22, 2005 James T. Dillon, Chief Information Officer, announced that the New York State Comptroller?s Office signed the contract with M/A Com for the design and construction of the state?s new public safety radio network.

Current Status of the SEQRA Process for the SWN

* OFT was established as the lead agency for the purposes of SEQRA review of the SWN. On March 25, 2004, OFT, as the lead agency, elected to permissibly segment the review of the project in accordance with 6 NYCRR ?617.3 (g)(1).
* OFT issued a Negative Declaration of Significance regarding the initial phase of the project, which involves the Phase I Engineering Design of the proposed SWN.
* OFT released the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) on September 29, 2004.
* OFT conducted public hearings on the DGEIS at sixteen locations throughout the State in October and November, 2004.
* OFT accepted written comments on the DGEIS through December 15, 2004.
* OFT published the FGEIS on March 30, 2005.
* OFT published the Findings Statement on June 2, 2005.

Partnerships

The NYS Statewide Wireless Network initiative has, as its partners, affiliations with New York State Counties, multiple statewide associations and various state agencies. In order to secure additional information relative to SWN partnerships, please select from one of the following items to the right:

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Advisory Council Membership
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Local Government Participation
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Authorized Users

Advisory Council Membership

The Statewide Wireless Network (SWN) Advisory Council has been established to provide guidance in the design, development, and implementation of the new communication system. This membership consists of:

5 Counties and New York City
7 Statewide Associations
17 State Agencies and Authorities

State Agencies and Authorities

NYS Division of the Budget
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
NYS Department of Correctional Services
NYS Office of Court Administration
State Emergency Management Office
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
NYS Department of Health
NYS Department of Law - Attorney Generals' Office
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York Power Authority
NYS Division of State Police
NYS Department of State - Office of Fire Prevention and Control
State University of New York
NYS Thruway Authority
NYS Department of Transportation

NYS Counties and New York City

Essex County
Erie County
Saratoga County
Suffolk County
Tompkins County
NYC Dept. of Information Technology & Telecommunications

Associations

NYS Association of Chiefs of Police
NYS Association of Fire Chiefs
NYS Emergency Managers Association
NY Statewide 911 Coordinator's Association
NYS Emergency Medical Council
NYS District Attorney's Association
NYS Sheriffs Association

Local Government Participation

The Statewide Wireless Network (SWN) encourages voluntary partnerships with local governments. The SWN Advisory Council and other outreach activities are used to identify and address local government needs.

The SWN will be constructed on both existing and new infrastructures and will enable gateways and interfaces to other public safety/service communications systems.

Voluntary partnerships with local government organizations are being encouraged to ensure maximum interoperability (the ability of firefighters, police, emergency medical & other responders to talk to each other); minimize overall costs of the system through the sharing of towers; land, equipment, etc.; and reduce the time necessary for implementation. Local agencies will be responsible for the cost of radios, but no network access fees will be charged.

Sharing Approach for Voluntary Partners
Partnering opportunities include, but are not limited to the following types of agreements:

Full System Integration
Interfaces/Gateways
Infrastructure

Full System Integration:
Adoption of SWN as the partner's operational radio communications network. The components of this sharing arrangement may include: Sites, frequencies, training, maintenance, etc.

Interface/Gateway:
Operation of an interface or gateway between the partner and SWN including design, development, and operations of technical system interfaces to achieve interoperability.

Infrastructure
Collaboration and cooperation in the development of the partner's independent communications network, with no integration of the actual radio networks or systems.
Authorized Users

The Office for Technology is working closely with a variety of state and local agencies. More than 30 government agencies and emergency response organizations from across New York have been active contributors in defining the Network. The ongoing participation of these organizations will result in a communications system that will continue to meet the needs of the people of New York State into the future.

The Statewide Wireless Network will serve all state agencies and enhance local initiatives by fostering partnerships with local emergency first responders and service providers on a voluntary basis. The initial installation will accommodate up to 65,000 users and 25,000 separate ?talk groups? at any give time statewide, and it will support up to 250,000 individual pieces of user equipment.
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From? Times Union

State's wireless network nears test
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First published: Sunday, October 22, 2006

A year after the state signed the nation's biggest public safety communications contract ever for a statewide wireless network, the contractor is nine months from demonstrating whether it will work.

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Glen "Skip" Funk, senior program director for M/A-COM, which signed a deal that could pay it $2 billion if the statewide system is built, said two counties where startup is planned -- Erie and Chautauqua -- are nearing readiness.

"When the first region is completed in July, all the state agencies in that region will be able to use the network; the counties, which are signed up to be partners, will also be able to use the network," he said.

The state is trying to bring other counties into the system as M/A-COM develops its region-by-region plan of erecting antennae and installing communications equipment in shelters built at the base of towers.

In the two-county region, M/A-COM has built on 20 existing towers and erected one tower. Each site now also has a steel corrugated shelter for equipment. "We still have to hang our antennas," Funk said. That should be completed in April. Erie County's public operation center is being upgraded to meet the state's requirements to become a network center. Switch-on is planned for July.

If the program works in western New York, the state will get to decide whether to keep going with the project.

M/A-COM agreed to build the entire statewide system within 58 months, or by July 2010, and would run it for 15 more years. The company is doing the early phases at its own expense and the state can back out of the deal if it doesn't look promising.

The company is using almost all existing towers for its network, but the challenge will be greater in the Catskills and Adirondacks.

The design calls for 10 percent of the network to be built on new towers -- a total of 40 across the state, Funk said.

The state Office for Technology, which signed the contract, declined comment. It has depicted the project as critical to linking state agencies, for day-to-day police work and potential emergencies such as terrorist strikes and natural disasters.

Sen. Michael Balboni, who is directing homeland security oversight for his chamber, said some local officials are unsure they need to join the state's system. -- James M. Odato

Credit where credit's due

COLONIE -- Maybe the town's new motto should be: "Credit accepted here."

Two years ago, the town of Colonie floated a plan to allow residents to pay town fees with plastic, instead of cash or check.

At the time, town Comptroller Ron Caponera called the idea a convenience for residents and a chance to reduce both bookkeeping mistakes and the amount of cash handled by town employees.

The credit card machines were originally expected to be installed around Thanksgiving 2004 but were not put in until last January.

The town had to work out the logistics of paying the almost 2 percent fee charged by the credit card companies, and needed to obtain the machines and train staff.

Craig Blair, Colonie's financial project manager, said the town eats the cost as the price of doing business, but said the town seems to be making enough additional revenue to cover that cost.

He said 15 percent to 20 percent of business from the town's municipal golf course is now on the cards. Residents can also pay EMS bills with credit, Blair said. The town gets the money within 24 hours, a faster turnaround than billing payments, which also produces more interest for Colonie accounts.

Town Clerk Elizabeth DelTorto said the credit card machines seem to be a success.

The town accepts Visa and MasterCard for anything from $2 maps to tax bills in the thousands of dollars.

In Town Hall, the credit card payments are just a convenience.

DelTorto said the only complaint is the town doesn't accept American Express or debit cards that aren't affiliated with Visa or MasterCard.

But officials are working on that, she said.

-- Anne Miller
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Posted: Thu Sep 27 2007, 05:39pm

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Found this PDF on RadioReference
This is the SWN Build Out Map

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