Syracuse Police Department Secures Wireless Network

Department upgrades network inside headquarters and police vehicles.

by / September 11, 2003
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Police Department in Syracuse, N.Y., has begun enhancing its network. The next step is to secure its wireless networks and mission-critical public safety applications.

With the wireless network already fully implemented within the department headquarters, the department is now launching the second phase of its wireless security initiative, which will extend the wireless network to the streets of Syracuse. The police department will soon have more than 110 laptop-equipped police vehicles and the ability to securely transmit and receive information, reports, photos and critical crime-fighting data using secured municipal hot spots located throughout the city.

Syracuse has deployed Fortress Technologies' AirFortress for wireless security. The department required a robust, scalable and secure system to ensure the privacy of its wireless network. Today, 486 sworn officers and 88 civilian employees can securely access the records and information needed -- both at police headquarters and, soon, on the streets. The department serves a population of 164,000 city residents in 26 square miles.

Officers and investigators can conduct interviews, file reports, research cases and transmit files from anywhere -- all while maintaining wireless network security, user privacy, access control, encryption and device and user authentication. Now, Syracuse citizens will benefit from the police department's ability to access the same level of information and data while on patrol.
Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor