Princeton, N.J.-based SightLogix said Tuesday Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has deployed the SightLogix® video intrusion detection system to provide perimeter security and prevent vandalism at DART’s Northwest Rail Operations Facility (NWROF). DART selected the SightLogix solution after a full and open competition, and Kratos Southwest LLC won the public bid for the DART contract, SightLogix said.
Together with SightLogix, Kratos worked with a number of groups within DART to meet compliance requirements related to emergency preparedness, IT, and environmental safety.
By deploying long-range Thermal SightSensors, DART was able to complete the project using fewer cameras, reducing the number of poles, power, and communications required. Cost savings allowed DART to procure additional SightSensors within the available budget and extend the security system to cover the entire perimeter.
Thermal SightSensors consist of a thermal imager, lens optics, electronic stabilization, on-board image processing, video analytics software, camera control, and geospatial target tracking within a NEMA 4X nitrogen-pressurized housing. SightSensors detect objects at long range and operate with accuracy in the dark, a key consideration at the DART site.
Further cost savings were realized by deploying theSightLogix system over DART’s wireless network, and running a “green” power system from CDM Wireless that relies on solar energy and standby batteries, eliminating the costs to run power and network lines under nearby railroad tracks.
“Protecting our critical facilities in this manner enables us to run a safe, secure system,” said DART Emergency Preparedness Manager Jill Shaw. “With SightLogix’s automated surveillance technology, DART security personnel can preempt potential security policy violations in real-time to ensure the integrity of our rail system.”
“Rail organizations require security solutions that provide situational awareness over expansive outdoor areas,” said John Romanowich, SightLogix president and CEO. “SightLogix technology was specifically designed to provide situational awareness in these outdoor environments which include vibrations from train activity and lighting variations. We’re pleased to have been selected by DART after their thorough evaluation of our capabilities.”
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U.S. freight carload traffic continued to record gains during the week ending Nov. 20, 2010, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, up 3.9% compared with the same week in 2009. U.S. intermodal trafficrose a more robust 10.6%, continuing the show of strength intermodal has displayed throughout 2010.
AAR said 14 of the 19 carload commodity groups it measures increased from the comparable week in 2009. Commodities posting double-digit gains in loadings included: metallic ores, up 76.7%; metals, up 22.3%; crushed stone, sand, and gravel, up 21.1%; and farm products other than grain, up 14.5%.
Among commodities reporting declines, nonmetallic minerals was hit hardest, down 26.1%. But AAR noted that for the first 46 weeks of 2010, all 19 commodity groups are cumulatively ahead of where they were at this point year ago.
Canadian freight carload traffic advanced 5.0% for the week ending Nov. 20, while intermodal rose 12.8% from levels of one year ago. Mexico’s two major railroads reported freight carload traffic rose 6.3% from the same week last year, while intermodal rose a relatively modest 1.8%.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 46 weeks of 2010 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 9.4% from 2009, while intermodal rose 14.8% over last year’s levels.