Tuesday, November 8, 2011
NYCWIN more like a loss
From the NY Post:
After five years and more than $500 million spent, the Bloomberg administration has bought itself yet another complex high-tech system that simply doesn’t live up to the hype.
Conceived as a secure wireless network for city agencies, including cops, firefighters and building inspectors, the New York City Wireless Network -- dubbed NYCWiN -- was pitched as a futuristic system like the high-tech gadgets from the TV show “24.”
Under the plans, crews racing to an emergency would have at their fingertips a treasure trove of data ranging from live video feeds to the timing of Midtown traffic lights.
While city officials insist the $535 million system that went operational in 2009 is a success, critics are quick to point out that it is falling far short of expectations.
Among the things the network can’t do are:
* Transmit blueprints and building plans to firefighters and firetrucks.
* Send mug shots to police in their cars or as they walk the beat.
* Function inside most Big Apple buildings.