Thursday, March 26, 2009

ARINC deploys surveillance software for Maryland MTA

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ARINC Inc. said Thursday it is deploying video cameras and advanced surveillance software at 14 Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) passenger rail stations under the second phase of a video surveillance contract, partially funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

The company already has completed work last October on a first phase of the contract, including 11 station sites and a monitoring facility. The surveillance project is meant to enhance security and public safety on the Baltimore Metro Subway, Baltimore Light Rail system, and MARC train service.

ARINC is responsible for the overall design, integration, and installation of the new surveillance system, which includes remotely controlled cameras that can focus on rail station platforms, surrounding areas and valuable equipment. The video streams from platform cameras are sent to a central monitoring facility where “video analytics” technology processes incoming images to detect unusual movements or suspicious activity. The video analytics capability can recognize unusual events, such as intrusions or a suspicious package left behind. The system saves captured images for a period of time to allow future analysis as needed.

“We have been pleased with ARINC’s performance on the first phase of this project, and we now look forward to the completion of work on Phase 2 later this year,” said Tammi Bolden, MTA manager, Systems & Equipment Engineering, in a statement.

“ARINC is extremely pleased to undertake this work on Phase 2 of the Maryland Transit Administration’s rail security contract,” said Tim Ciocco ARINC director, Security Systems. “We greatly value our continued relationship with the MTA, not only because MTA is a good customer, but because this work represents the leading edge of public safety and security technology today.”