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    Thumbs up Lets ALL talk... police, fire and ems.

    My parents always taught me to share....imagine that.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Police, fire and other emergency personnel in
    the Washington area will soon be able to use a wireless network to
    communicate and share databases when responding to everything from
    traffic accidents to terrorist attacks.
    The network, which participants call the first of its kind, is
    called the Capital Wireless Integrated Network, or CapWIN. IBM
    Corp. will build the $20 million system, funded by Congress, over
    the next two years.
    "For us old warhorses, this is like a dream come true when it
    comes to communicating in emergencies," said Chief Charles Samarra
    of the Alexandria, Va., police.
    The network will cover police, fire, ambulance and
    transportation officials in Washington and its Maryland and
    Virginia suburbs, as well as federal agencies such as the FBI and
    the Capitol Police.
    It will allow authorities with different jurisdictions to
    communicate in electronic "chat rooms" on laptop computers,
    handheld computers and cell phones. Authorities currently have no
    means of reliable communication outside of their own jurisdictions,
    Samarra said.
    Two years ago, after an incident on a bridge connecting Virginia
    and Maryland, federal officials and authorities from both states
    came to the scene.
    "We found ourselves all on the bridge and unable to communicate
    adequately with each other," Samarra said. "We had to end up
    sending notes by runners." Traffic was backed up for five hours
    due to the incident.
    The system will make data sharing easier. Currently, a Virginia
    police officer who pulls over a District of Columbia driver can
    instantly find out whether the driver is wanted on a national or
    Virginia warrant. Searches in other jurisdictions take far longer.
    "Because of the time involved, most officers are just not going
    to do it," Samarra said.
    The new network will give almost instant access to crime
    databases. Maryland police officers have used a test version to
    recover stolen vehicles.
    An interstate task force would be able to establish its own chat
    room on the network, letting members stay in touch during ongoing
    investigations.
    IBM officials said the network will be designed to handle 10,000
    users, and complies with the FBI's standards for wireless computer
    security. The network runs on existing gadgets, IBM said, so local
    agencies won't need to buy new hardware.
    Several recent reports have highlighted communications problems
    in New York as emergency personnel converged at the World Trade
    Center on Sept. 11. A report released earlier this week by New York
    officials said the city's police communications system was
    incompatible with the network used by firefighters, and radio
    problems left many commanders and firefighters unable to
    communicate with each other.
    "If New York could have had CapWIN, a lot of the things I read
    about in the paper would not have been issues," Samarra said.
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    Amazing. Out here in Podunk our officers have 16-ch radios that link with everybody else in our freq. range--via repeater and simplex--and we still had two channels left!

    I am happy to be in a place where if I need to talk to the sheriff, I just crank a knob a few notches.

    As for the DC area, good move.

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    Hi-Jersey..............unfortunately Samarra knows nothing of NYC politics. Anything along those lines would put the NYPD "in charge"....they already run the NYC 9-11 enhanced system, and if I remember correctly on 9/11 it allowed a Helicopter pilot to talk with his Dispatcher..........end of communications! As far as "Podunk-Ky" if the rapport works-super keep it up. Working together has got to be miles ahead of one agency always playing "one-up-man-ship" on another.
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    Originally posted by FDNYRR
    Hi-Jersey..............unfortunately Samarra knows nothing of NYC politics. Anything along those lines would put the NYPD "in charge
    I hear ya brother...I know exactly where you're coming from!

    I call it the Al Haig syndrome...ya know..."I'm in charge here?..."



    The PD have the same "attitude" where I am here in NJ...always gotta be in charge....especially those troopers.
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    The PD have the same "attitude" where I am here in NJ...always gotta be in charge....especially those troopers.
    Whoa dude, intensely unfair to local and county police.

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    While it was our PD's choice to not allow us to have their frequencies anymore, I can only compliment them in how great they are to work with. We do miss being able to hear the PD officers arriving on scene and giving us a better heads up, but sometimes they are able to relay the information via the dispatcher. All in all, my PD are very good to work with. Common radio abilities used to be great, they would still be great, but we don't have them anymore.

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    I am a little miffed by this system. I have heard DC fire has serious radio problems and while I agree it would be nice to chat with the neighbors isn't having primary fire channels that work more important... Anyway I am glad to see this technology being used.

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