Statue of Liberty opens with enhanced security

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, October 1, 2004

NEW YORK - General Electric was among several companies whose products are helping to protect the Statue of Liberty, which reopened in early August after a $7-million overhaul of the 118-year-old structure that included enhanced security.

Although the statue had been closed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Liberty Island, where the landmark is based, reopened a few months after.

Part of the added security measures at the statue includes screening of visitors prior to entering the site, an advanced tour reservation system, additional emergency lighting and exits, expanded fire detection and suppression systems, and additional communication systems.

GE’s EntryScan3 walk-through explosives detection portals are being used at the national monument as part of its checkpoint security program. A fingerprint-based biometric locker has also been deployed, allowing people to stow personal items without the use of a key.