Y2K-like bug knocks out NYC wireless network system
A Y2K-like bug knocked out the city’s already-troubled wireless network system.
The bug, known as the “GPS Rollover,” hit the city NYCWiN system April 6, affecting several tasks, including remote monitoring of traffic lights at 13,000 intersections, wireless reading of water meters, and a handful of NYPD license plate readers, the New York Times reported.
The city made no public announcements after the outage happened, though Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications spokeswoman Stephanie Raphael confirmed the rollover took down “elements ” of the system.
“We’re working overtime to update the network and bring all of it back online,” she said. “No critical public safety systems are affected by this brief software installation period, and we’ve taken several steps to make up for the disruption to the few isolated tools affected.”