More cameras for NYC Transit

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

NEW YORK--In late May, the New York City Transit Authority announced plans to spend $25 million installing cameras on buses and around turnstiles in subway stations as part of a city-wide transportation security upgrade.
This comes not long after Diebold was awarded a $1.6 million contract to provide access control and intrusion detection for the subway system. Transit spokesman Paul Fleurenges said it was too early in the procurement process to discuss who the integrator or manufacturer of the cameras might be.
"This is part of a video surveillance expansion into video surveillance on buses," he said. "It's part of a larger project. I haven't seen the specs, and I don't know where we are in the procurement chain. I do know that it will be similar to what's in the subways. It will be digital. We will record and store the footage for a period of 45 days." He said the video would be used largely for identification purposes after an incident had occurred and said it would be rolled out in a pilot system on a "few hundred buses."
He couldn't give a time-frame for the procurement and installation, but said the money came roughly 20 percent from the state and 80 percent from the federal government Domestic Preparedness grant as part of the Urban Areas Security Initiative.