ITA Spotlight of the Month, Fall 2021

Posted on 10/05/2021
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With so many City employees working from home during the COVID pandemic, ITA's focus on network and voice engineering has become unparalleled. For this reason, this season's spotlight is on the ITA Citywide Data/Voice/Fiber Network Engineering section. This team is led by Carlos Octoman and composed of a group of Associates, a Senior Systems Analyst, and three contractors. This capable group applies communications innovations in its designs for City departments and employees. This section also serves as an escalation point for critical networking issues. The highly trained staff are adept in developing communications channels that are flexible, scalable, and resilient for the City of Los Angeles. The team works closely with the operations group to implement in their design troubleshoot.

Here is a glimpse of the team's recent achievements: 

  • Citywide and LAPD network core upgrade was completed, providing high network availability and the decommissioning of obsolete firewall devices. 

  • LAFD’s network was upgraded, improving the availability and performance of their network

  • LAPD VoIP was upgraded at 13 stations with new Cisco 9400 routers 

  • LAPD’s WiFi upgrade, with the installation of wireless devices last year to all 28 stations, converting 9,500 phones to VoIP phones and decommissioned 20 PBX systems

Besides these significant achievements the team is looking ahead to upgrading the City’s 10Gb network to 100+Gb; especially with the upcoming Olympics around the corner.

Citywide Data/Voice/Fiber Network Engineering section : Carlos Octoman, Anthony Higham, Charles Lin, Chidi Dillibe, Esther Ishikawa, Harry Torikian, Jacky Tran, Jacob Enos, Joe Ruffulo, Joel Vera, Joseph Tsang, Kenny Leo, Kevork Kazandjian, Loc Pham, Martin Lainez, Linda Mikell-Hoyt, Peter Fadul, Ramil Lopez, Sarina Khaw and Roman Herrera.