GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: State, Coast Guard partnership completes statewide safety network ANUENUE Interisland Digital Microwave Network in full operation

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU — “Full operating capability” has been achieved on shared infrastructure designed by State of Hawai‘i and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) engineering professionals to provide robust and survivable communication links and facilities throughout Hawai‘i.

The ANUENUE Interisland Digital Microwave Network consists of high-capacity microwave links, radio towers, and facility buildings that interconnect and support the systems and networks relied upon by first responders, search and rescue, law enforcement, emergency services, and critical government operations. Twelve ANUENUE “high sites” located on mountain tops — many at remote locations — connect with eight sites located at state office buildings and USCG properties.

Gov. David Y. Ige, state Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy, and Capt. James Jenkins, USCG District 14 Chief of Staff, gathered today in Executive Chambers to celebrate the completion of this joint project that has been many years in the making, as well as to recommit to the cooperative effort it represents.

“A shared vision and trust between the State of Hawai‘i and the Coast Guard resulted in a partnership that shares resources and capabilities to achieve a common goal of protecting and serving the people of Hawai‘i,” Gov. Ige said. “As a result, Hawai‘i is more secure and better prepared for emergencies.”

“The ANUENUE Network is a testimony to the superb relationship between the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of Hawai‘i,” Capt. Jenkins said. “This vital system enhances the effectiveness and resiliency of communications among the entire first responder team during both routine operations and for emergent threats such as hurricanes and other natural disasters.”

The ANUENUE was designed to survive disasters, natural or otherwise. Its towers and buildings are designed to survive the 155 mph winds of a Category 4 hurricane, generators are ready to run for a week without commercial power and earthquake Zone 4-rated backbone facilities are located away from tsunami inundation zones. Backbone towers range in size from 50 to 180 feet tall and support microwave dish antennas as large as 15 feet in diameter. The microwave radio backbone provides a secure 155-Mbit/s SONET connection across the state.

ANUENUE replaced the Rainbow Microwave System, a technologically outdated predecessor that initiated the concept of shared communications infrastructure and fostered the cooperation and resource sharing critical to the current success. State support of the ANUENUE started with an initial appropriation by the legislature in 2001 for radio site construction. The state’s total $19.1 million investment in ANUENUE facilities and equipment was significantly extended by the USCG contribution to the partnership. The cooperation of county agencies, private land owners and other federal agencies, especially the Federal Aviation Administration, also helped move the project forward.

In addition, facilities on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i were built or refurbished to minimize impacts to sensitive areas and view planes and to be environmentally friendly.

ANUENUE is jointly managed by the USCG Base Honolulu C4IT Division, which is based on Sand Island, and the state Department of Accounting and General Services’ Information and Communication Services Division (ICSD), which is overseen by the CIO. As part of the ANUENUE agreement, the USCG C4IT Division maintains all of the system’s radios and electronic equipment.

State users of the ANUENUE include the Statewide Shared Blended land mobile radio system; Maritime Wireless Network System; Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency; and the Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Health, and Land and Natural Resources. State sponsored users include the County of Maui Police Department and other agencies of all counties.

The Coast Guard’s primary use of the ANUENUE is its new Rescue 21 maritime distress radio system, which has commissioned 10 remote sites in Hawai‘i providing significantly improved coverage and location capabilities over the recently retired National Distress System used to locate mariners in distress. USCG-sponsored federal users include the U.S. Army Pacific Land Mobile Radio System, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Emergency Weather Broadcast System, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and National Park Service.

Here’s the link to the USCG imagery site for ANUENUE Network site photos with captions. Please courtesy the U.S. Coast Guard.

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2242814/state-hawaii-coast-guard-public-safety-microwave-communications-system#.VilO16KhM4s

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

jodi.c.leong@hawaii.gov

 

Keith DeMello

Senior Communications Manager

Office of Enterprise Technology Services

Desk: (808) 586-1920 ext. 325

Mobile: (808) 594-3645

 

LCDR Warren Wright

Chief, External Affairs

Fourteenth Coast Guard District

Desk: (808) 535-3236

Mobile: (808) 927-6805

 

APPENDIX

 

The ANUENUE backbone:

Lihue SOB, Kauai

Mt. Kilohana, Kauai*

Mt. Kaala, Oahu*

USCG COMSTA Wahiawa, Oahu

Mauna Kapu, Oahu*

Koko Head, Oahu*

Puu Nana, Molokai*

Haleakala USCG, Maui*

Kahua Ranch, Hawaii*

Kaupulehu, Hawaii*

Humuula, Hawaii*

Mauna Loa, Hawaii*

USCG Station Hilo, Hawaii

 

ANUENUE spur sites:

USCG AIRSTA Barbers Point, Oahu

NOAA Ewa Beach, Oahu

USCG Base Honolulu, Sand Island, Oahu

Round Top, Oahu*

Diamond Head Rim, Oahu

Haleakala ICSD, Maui*

Wailuku SOB, Wailuku

Maui Police Department, Haleakala, Maui (via fiber)

 

* = high site

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 22, 2015

 

HONOLULU — “Full operating capability” has been achieved on shared infrastructure designed by State of Hawai‘i and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) engineering professionals to provide robust and survivable communication links and facilities throughout Hawai‘i.

 

The ANUENUE Interisland Digital Microwave Network consists of high-capacity microwave links, radio towers, and facility buildings that interconnect and support the systems and networks relied upon by first responders, search and rescue, law enforcement, emergency services, and critical government operations. Twelve ANUENUE “high sites” located on mountain tops — many at remote locations — connect with eight sites located at state office buildings and USCG properties.

 

Gov. David Y. Ige, state Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy, and Capt. James Jenkins, USCG District 14 Chief of Staff, gathered today in Executive Chambers to celebrate the completion of this joint project that has been many years in the making, as well as to recommit to the cooperative effort it represents.

 

“A shared vision and trust between the State of Hawai‘i and the Coast Guard resulted in a partnership that shares resources and capabilities to achieve a common goal of protecting and serving the people of Hawai‘i,” Gov. Ige said. “As a result, Hawai‘i is more secure and better prepared for emergencies.”

 

“The ANUENUE Network is a testimony to the superb relationship between the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of Hawai‘i,” Capt. Jenkins said. “This vital system enhances the effectiveness and resiliency of communications among the entire first responder team during both routine operations and for emergent threats such as hurricanes and other natural disasters.”

 

The ANUENUE was designed to survive disasters, natural or otherwise. Its towers and buildings are designed to survive the 155 mph winds of a Category 4 hurricane, generators are ready to run for a week without commercial power and earthquake Zone 4-rated backbone facilities are located away from tsunami inundation zones. Backbone towers range in size from 50 to 180 feet tall and support microwave dish antennas as large as 15 feet in diameter. The microwave radio backbone provides a secure 155-Mbit/s SONET connection across the state.

 

ANUENUE replaced the Rainbow Microwave System, a technologically outdated predecessor that initiated the concept of shared communications infrastructure and fostered the cooperation and resource sharing critical to the current success. State support of the ANUENUE started with an initial appropriation by the legislature in 2001 for radio site construction. The state’s total $19.1 million investment in ANUENUE facilities and equipment was significantly extended by the USCG contribution to the partnership. The cooperation of county agencies, private land owners and other federal agencies, especially the Federal Aviation Administration, also helped move the project forward.

 

In addition, facilities on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i were built or refurbished to minimize impacts to sensitive areas and view planes and to be environmentally friendly.

 

ANUENUE is jointly managed by the USCG Base Honolulu C4IT Division, which is based on Sand Island, and the state Department of Accounting and General Services’ Information and Communication Services Division (ICSD), which is overseen by the CIO. As part of the ANUENUE agreement, the USCG C4IT Division maintains all of the system’s radios and electronic equipment.

 

State users of the ANUENUE include the Statewide Shared Blended land mobile radio system; Maritime Wireless Network System; Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency; and the Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Health, and Land and Natural Resources. State sponsored users include the County of Maui Police Department and other agencies of all counties.

 

The Coast Guard’s primary use of the ANUENUE is its new Rescue 21 maritime distress radio system, which has commissioned 10 remote sites in Hawai‘i providing significantly improved coverage and location capabilities over the recently retired National Distress System used to locate mariners in distress. USCG-sponsored federal users include the U.S. Army Pacific Land Mobile Radio System, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Emergency Weather Broadcast System, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and National Park Service.

 

Here’s the link to the USCG imagery site for ANUENUE Network site photos with captions. Please courtesy the U.S. Coast Guard.

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2242814/state-hawaii-coast-guard-public-safety-microwave-communications-system#.VilO16KhM4s

 

# # #

Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

jodi.c.leong@hawaii.gov

 

Keith DeMello

Senior Communications Manager

Office of Enterprise Technology Services

Desk: (808) 586-1920 ext. 325

Mobile: (808) 594-3645

 

LCDR Warren Wright

Chief, External Affairs

Fourteenth Coast Guard District

Desk: (808) 535-3236

Mobile: (808) 927-6805

 

APPENDIX

 

The ANUENUE backbone:

Lihue SOB, Kauai

Mt. Kilohana, Kauai*

Mt. Kaala, Oahu*

USCG COMSTA Wahiawa, Oahu

Mauna Kapu, Oahu*

Koko Head, Oahu*

Puu Nana, Molokai*

Haleakala USCG, Maui*

Kahua Ranch, Hawaii*

Kaupulehu, Hawaii*

Humuula, Hawaii*

Mauna Loa, Hawaii*

USCG Station Hilo, Hawaii

 

ANUENUE spur sites:

USCG AIRSTA Barbers Point, Oahu

NOAA Ewa Beach, Oahu

USCG Base Honolulu, Sand Island, Oahu

Round Top, Oahu*

Diamond Head Rim, Oahu

Haleakala ICSD, Maui*

Wailuku SOB, Wailuku

Maui Police Department, Haleakala, Maui (via fiber)

 

* = high site