Photo by Benn Kobb: Avi Duvdevani (L) receives the telecommunications award from PTI's Alan Shark

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has been honored for the third consecutive year with a prestigious Public Technology Institute ( Solutions award. PTI's annual competition recognizes local governments that demonstrate how applied technology can improve service delivery, reduce operating costs or increase revenue.

NYCHA was awarded first place in the Telecommunications/IT Large Government category for its broadband over power line (BPL) proof of concept initiative, currently being implemented in Building #5 containing 115 units at Roosevelt Houses. The proof of concept (POC) demonstrates the feasibility of the technology solution under NYCHA's IT governance ePMO process. The initiative is supported by a multi-department project team led by IT Project Manager Anthony Palermo, in partnership with IBM and MST-NuVisions.

BPL can substantially reduce the cost of upgrading failing intercom and obsolete telecommunications systems at NYCHA's developments by using existing electrical wiring systems to carry digital signals that will support an Internet protocol based intercom system. Use of existing electrical wiring eliminates the need for core drilling and minimizes the installation of a separate cable infrastructure to support intercom and other communications services, including CCTV surveillance cameras for building security.

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