Feeds

New York emergency wireless scrapped

State cancels billion-dollar contract

Boost IT visibility and business value

New York state has scrapped plans for a statewide emergency network on the (not unreasonable) grounds that the contractor can't make the thing work as promised.

The state has already spent $54 million since the contract to build the network was awarded to M/A-COM back in 2004, but it hopes to get that money back - as stipulated in the contract. M/A-COM placed $50 million in an escrow account to cover the state's losses in the event the kit didn't work, money to which the state has now requested access.

However, M/A-COM disputes the failure of its OpenSky product, claiming that the system might have a few teething problems but that the state is trying to wriggle out of a contract it can't afford.

According to the state, problems include microphones randomly switching on, sticky volume controls, and simple device failure. The project was planned to provide emergency connectivity across the state after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre demonstrated how vulnerable the existing communications networks are. The statewide network will cost $2.1bn, assuming it gets built.

New York state is still adamant that the network will be built, but that M/A-COM has failed to fulfill the contract and must pay back the money already spent, while M/A-COM reckons they've fulfilled the contract and that the state is trying to stop the network being built. With such large sums involved, a court case seems inevitable, during which the communications network of New York State remains as vulnerable as ever. ®

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.