New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a five-year $500 million contract to provide the city's broadband public-safety wireless network, the most comprehensive network of its kind.
This effort will enhance the city's existing mobile wireless communications network with high-speed data and video capabilities, and deploy several new, advanced wireless applications to support first responders and transportation personnel.
"Our team has more than 50 years of experience designing, integrating, and operating some of the world's most complex and secure communications systems," said James O'Neill, president of Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector. "We have leveraged significant experience and capabilities developed by our public safety and intelligence businesses to provide the best solution for New York City. Cities like New York are now looking to partner with knowledgeable systems integrators to help them with their most demanding communications challenges."
"Northrop Grumman's solution will provide our emergency responders with quick access to critical information in the field, enabling them to be better prepared to protect our city and its residents," said Commissioner of the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Paul Cosgrave. "This decision comes at the end of a lengthy evaluation, including a pilot implementation in lower Manhattan during which equipment was tested and evaluated."
Northrop Grumman's New York City solution uses standards-based mobile broadband wireless technology, known as the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, provided by IPWireless of San Bruno, Calif. This technology delivers broadband mobility, high capacity, reliability, and scalability -- all suited to meet the real-time, fail-safe requirements of the program.
"For New York City, we have specifically designed and engineered a robust, secure, broadband mobile wireless communications solution that significantly streamlines and improves both emergency and normal daily operations," said Paul Chelson, Northrop Grumman wireless program manager. "This solution will provide critical information for emergency responders who protect and serve the residents of New York City."
Northrop Grumman has developed interoperability solutions and integrated security capabilities to meet the full range of first responder and public safety wireless communications requirements. Working with a team of primary communication technology providers, communication installers, and experienced radio-frequency system designers, the company is deploying secure broadband mobile wireless capabilities to city, state, and federal customers. Northrop Grumman is also involved in a variety of public safety solutions at the state and local level.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif.