Issue #2003 - 25
Sept. 12, 2003)
OUTLOOK & TRENDS
Public Safety News This Week -
Fortress Technologies Secures Wireless LAN System for Syracuse Police (Over 500 Officers & 110 Vehicles)
Tampa, Fla., Sept. 8, 2003- Fortress Technologies, the leader in security for wireless networks, today announced that the Syracuse Police Department in Syracuse, New York, has deployed Fortress Technologies' AirFortress to secure its wireless networks and mission-critical public safety applications.
Already fully implemented within the Syracuse Police 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 Panasonic Toughbook 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.
Given the sensitive nature of police work, Syracuse P.D. required a robust, scalable and secure system to ensure the privacy of its wireless network. Syracuse P.D. selected AirFortress, in part, due to its reputation in government agencies and its FIPS 140 validation, which indicated full compliance with government security standards. 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 - to help keep Syracusecitizens safe.
"We saw early on that wireless networks would help us operate more efficiently and effectively as a department, but we were also aware that those networks would need to be unquestionably and undeniably secure," said Patrick Phelps, IT specialist, Syracuse Police Department. "The more research we did, the more it became clear that Fortress Technologies' AirFortress product was the most trusted among government and military agencies. It came highly recommended and we've been very happy with the level of security, the service and the success of our wireless project."
Using AirFortress, on top of the Department's Cisco wireless infrastructure, Syracuse P.D. already has created an easier-to-use and more cost-effective wireless network inside its headquarters. There, officers and investigators can conduct interviews, file reports, research cases and transmit files from anywhere - all while maintaining the highest levels of wireless network security, user privacy, access control, encryption and device and user authentication. Now, Syracusecitizens will benefit from the police department's ability to access the same level of information and data while on patrol. Additionally, in the future, all county residents may share in that benefit as wireless networks are being implemented by other neighboring cities and agencies as part of their enhanced homeland security efforts.
"Security is a strategic investment required by any large organization. However, for departments and municipal agencies such as Syracuse P.D., security is a matter of public safety and the health and well being of their citizens," said Willard Thomas, vice president of sales and business development, Fortress Technologies. "The level of Syracuse P.D.'s due diligence and its ultimate decision to implement AirFortress to secure its headquarters and mobile wireless systems demonstrates its commitment to protecting critical data and devices and to ensuring the privacy of all residents in Syracuse."
Fortress Technologies' AirFortress suite provides a complete solution for today's wireless LANs, combining privacy, authentication and access control in a single offering. AirFortress, designed to eliminate the opportunity for hackers to intercept important network data, view internal network addresses or interrupt availability through denial-of-service attacks, can operate on any wireless network and be deployed with any Access Point regardless of manufacturer.
About the Syracuse Police Department
The Syracuse Police Department is a metropolitan police department, comprised of 486 sworn officers and 88 civilian employees. The department serves a population of 164,000 city residents in 26 square miles.
About Fortress Technologies
Fortress Technologies offers security products that address the inherent risks and vulnerabilities of 802.11 and other wireless networks.
For more information: http://www.fortresstech.com
MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Use
of WLANs in public safety applications is gaining gradual acceptance
among security-conscious law enforcement agencies. Drastically lower
cost of this solution compared to private radio networks
traditionally employed by these agencies is the main reason for this
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