Transit authorities equip city buses with multiple camera systems
 
Transit authorities equip city buses with multiple camera systems

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 PM

The San Francisco Municipal and Charlotte, N.C., transportation authorities have chosen bus surveillance systems from Loronix Information Systems, Durango, Colo., a subsidiary of Comverse Technology Inc., Woodbury, N.Y. The Charlotte Authority will equip 285 buses with a six-camera, audio/video system, with installation to be done by ADT. The San Francisco systems, which are four-camera audio/video, will be installed on 290 buses.

Wackenhut Corrections Corp. and the Scottish Prison Service will install MicroSearch human presence detection systems in their respective prisons from ENSCO Inc., Springfield, Va. The systems, designed to aid in managing and searching of vehicular traffic, will be installed in five facilities throughout Scotland, and in facilities in South Bay, Fla., and Kinder, La.

Sweden's Casino Cosmopol has implemented a digital recording system from NICE Systems, Ra'anana, Israel, at its Sundsvall and Malmo gaming facilities. "Many of our regular clients gamble on more than one table, and we can use our ability to retrieve video images quickly to credit their accounts when they forget to collect their winnings," says Per-Erik Sjostrom, Sundsvall Casino's security manager. The NiceVision digital video platform is integrated with a Pacom access control system.

The University of Texas at San Antonio has installed PC-based digital surveillance equipment from Salient Systems Corp., Austin, Texas, on two campuses to better monitor building entrances and other critical security areas. The system keeps watch on 14 buildings, university housing and other facilities across 600 acres on the main campus alone.

Montreal area community Intermunicipal Transport Boards have implemented a smart card-based electronic fare system developed by EdgeWare Technologies, Ontario, Canada. The system allow riders to use re-loadable smart cards to purchase electronic tickets and passes.

Intelligent Internet Stations designed by Friendlyway Inc., San Francisco, will be integrated with face recognition technology from Littleton, Mass.-based Viisage Technology Inc. The floor-standing kiosks will use the technology for personal log-on information at trade shows and executive conferences.

The Birmingham (Ala.) Early Learning Center has been equipped with a digital video surveillance system from Kalatel, Corvallis, Ore. The center, which opened in 1995, serves more than 200 children ranging from six weeks old to five years. There are two Kalatel color cameras in every classroom, along with CyberDome cameras on indoor and outdoor play areas, door entrances and in the parking lots.

SecureView, a digital monitoring system from View Systems Inc., Englewood, Colo., has been installed at Heavenly Daze, a Colorado microbrewery bar and restaurant. "Within the first few days of installing the system, I probably fired about five people for various reasons," says Hann DeCrisotfaro, chief of operations at the establishment.

International airports in Anchorage, Alaska; San Jose, Calif.; Greensboro, N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; Lexington, Ky.; Buffalo, N.Y.,; Harrisburg, Pa.; Norfolk, Va.; Moline, Ill.; and Ft. Myers, Fla., have selected live scan fingerprint technology from Identix Inc., Los Gatos, Calif. The systems aid in criminal background checks. Identix subsidiary Identix Public Sector Inc. has been awarded two task orders from the U.S. Navy, which include an upgrade for the Navy's amphibious warfare, auxiliary and command ships.

Prince George's County Dept. of Corrections has installed an access control system that includes facial recognition technology. Group 4 Securitas, Torrance, Calif., provided its AMAG access control system, and Visionics Corp., Minnetonka, Minn., provided its FaceIt system for biometric identification of employees.

Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport now features FAA-approved video surveillance systems capable of detecting and immediately alerting security guards to "wrong way" motion. The three ExitSentry systems were installed and supplied by Cernium Inc., Dallas, at three American Airlines checkpoints.

Seven airports have ordered FingerPrinter CMS live scan systems from Visionics Corp., Minnetonka, Minn. The systems aid in the performance of federally-mandated fingerprint background checks for certain airport employees. Visionics has also announced that its FaceIt surveillance system installed in a UK town center successfully identified a subject wanted by law enforcement authorities. The FaceIt system was integrated with the already existing CCTV surveillance system. The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has enhanced its drivers' license issuance program with FaceIt technology implemented by Digimarc ID Systems, a subsidiary of Digimarc Corp., Tualatin, Ore. The new system compares drivers' license applicants' facial image against the 2 million DMV records on file. The U.S. Customs Service has ordered 20 FingerPrinter CMS live-scan fingerprint systems for installation within its facilities at a total of 16 major international airports around the country.

The city of Germantown, Tenn., has selected CrossingGuard, an automated red light enforcement system by Nestor Traffic Systems Inc., Providence, R.I. It is the first automated red light program to be used in Tennessee.

The Manor at Yorktown, Bucks County, Pa., has installed voice and face recognition technology, along with network access capability from Graphco Technologies, Newton, Pa. The VoicePass network incorporates smart cards and proximity cards with a voiceprint for all entry points. The FaceTrack enhances existing security for access control in busy areas.

Security and Surveillance Systems, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based security services firm specializing in remote CCTV systems has chosen the SS-100 from Motion Media Technology, Wilmington, N.C., as a core element of the company's remote surveillance systems. Retailers can use the SS-100 to monitor remote locations using standard phone lines.

The U.S. Navy has purchased two QScan explosives detection systems from Quantum Magnetics Inc., a subsidiary of InVision Technologies Inc., Newark, Calif. The systems will be used for homeland defense.

NASDAQ has completed installation of a high-security bollard system from Delta Scientific Corp., Valencia, Calif., to protect the roadways to its Trumbull, Conn.-based facility. The bollards can be raised and lowered into the guard position by a remotely controlled power system. The bollards can withstand a blow from a 15,000-pound vehicle.

A U.S. government agency has ordered smart cards, card readers and client software from Datakey Inc., Minneapolis. The agency will use the technology for secure facility and network access.

The Los Angeles Police Department has purchased 500 Advanced Taser M26 less-lethal weapons from Taser Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz. Half the order will replace the LAPD's early-generation Taser technology.

 
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