Emergency Wi-Fi Network to Be Examined Under Audit
Altoona’s wireless emergency network could be scrutinized under a technology audit the city will conduct later this year.
Council voted last night to seek grant money from the DCED that would cover the cost of the audit and any potential upgrades. The city’s ACT 47 recovery plan made the recommendation – noting city workers can work more efficiently in the field using wireless devices to access data.
Council said its too early to determine how the suggestions could impact the $2-million wireless network the city installed more than two years ago. Only the city’s police department is utilizing the service – and officials acknowledge the system has flaws.
The ACT 47 plan currently suggests the city purchase costly wireless internet cards for employees to use. There is no word yet on when exactly the audit will be commissioned.