Citywide Radio Network

Citywide Radio Network

The Citywide Radio Network (CRN) supports mission critical and interoperable land-mobile radio communications throughout the five boroughs. This enterprise-level, City-owned system serves specific communications needs of the City's public safety and essential public service agencies through a reliable, resilient, and secure land-mobile radio network. CRN is designed to be available 24x7 during normal operating scenarios and in emergencies.

How CRN Works

Built and accepted late in 2009, with agency subscriber migration beginning in 2010, CRN is capable of both analog and digital communications. Its design employs state-of-the-art simulcast technologies to significantly enhance radio coverage within the five boroughs, as well as unprecedented coverage into the waterways surrounding the City.  

Who CRN Serves

More than 25,000 radios serving 40 agencies are already carried by the network. After migrating to the CRN, agencies have begun decommissioning legacy radio systems – translating into real savings associated with landlines, site leases, and maintenance contracts. Agencies have also started to realize the benefits of a consolidated enterprise-level infrastructure, including enhanced coverage, capacity, and mission critical interoperability.

Agencies on the CRN include:

  • Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Service
  • Department of Correction
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Sanitation
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • New York City Sheriff's Office
  • Emergency Management Department