Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Federal IWN Under Way in National Capital Region Without DHS

Sandra Wendelken on the Radio Resource Media Group website is reporting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is deploying the Integrated Wireless Network (IWN) in the National Capital Region (NCR), including Richmond, Va., and the Baltimore and other Maryland metropolitan areas. The mobile radio system, originally planned to be a collaborative federal nationwide LMR network, is already in use in the Pacific Northwest and San Diego regions.

Unlike the previous IWN deployments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not participating in the IWN network in the NCR region. DHS partnered with DoJ and Treasury on IWN in the western region systems.

“DOJ and DHS have worked collaboratively to deploy and manage the radio systems currently in use in the Pacific Northwest and San Diego regions,” said Gina Talamona, a DOJ spokeswoman. “A new system is also being deployed in the National Capital Region (NCR). Although DHS is not a specific partner in this area, some components of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Treasury are participating in this system.”

The following federal agencies are using IWN: Customs and Border Protection (CBP); Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); U.S. Marshals Service (USMS); U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and U.S. Park Police (USPP).