City inks $500m deal to go wireless


In this World Wide Wrap: City inks $500m deal to go wireless, US to enhance detection of nuclear and radiological threats, and CACI wins $20m US Army contract.

City inks $500m deal to go wireless

New York City has awarded defence contractor Northrop Grumman a $500 million contract to build a wireless network that will allow cops and firefighters to plug into city computer systems, even when they are rushing to emergencies.

The system will give police and fire commanders in the field the same easy access to pictures, data and video they could get on an office computer, reports the New York Post.

Police hunting for a suspect might be able to download a mug shot or view a surveillance video. Fire chiefs might use the system to map the location of each unit or see around a wall of smoke and flames by getting live aerial footage of a burning building, beamed in from a hovering helicopter.

US to enhance detection of nuclear, radiological threats

The US government will step up detection of nuclear and radiological threats by scanning major roads, waterways and underground tunnels of major cities by the end of 2008, a senior official said, reports People`s Daily Online.

Secretary of homeland defence Michael Chertoff revealed the plan in a testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, saying the threat of weapons of mass destruction such as a nuclear bomb remains the government`s greatest fear.

Chertoff said the scanning programme – called "Securing the Cities" – will at least encompass New York and two other major cities but offered no other details. He also said hundreds of radiation monitors are to be deployed at most seaports and will be used to check 80% of cargo containers by the end of 2006.

CACI wins $20m US Army contract

CACI International has been awarded a contract, valued at $20 million, by the US Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), to continue the government`s support for the CACI-developed RM Online resource management system.

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract vehicle has a duration of one base year and four option years. ATEC Mission Support Contracting Activity serves as administrator for the contract, which is available to all Department of Defence organisations.

This award increases both the value of CACI`s work, as well as the number of clients the company can potentially serve.