New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) approved a $400,000 deal with information technology company Activu Corporation to manage “smart cameras” that will transmit live feeds to MTA Police Headquarters.
The security cameras will have the high-tech ability to spot a specific abandoned package, or a person wearing clothes of a specific color, the agency said yesterday. In addition, officials will be able to view the feeds in real time, and will be able to call up archived video from railroad stations and traffic crossings.
The “smart cameras” are part of the MTA's massive $212 million security program, and thousands of the cameras at Long Island Rail Road, and throughout the subway system. MTA officers will be able to view those images live at the police headquarters.
Activu already had a contract with the MTA focused on its “security operations centers,” and with the New York Police Department’s “Real Time Crime Center: Counter Terrorism, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative,” and with the NY Fire Department.
As part of its services to transit agencies, Activu says it provides “situational awareness with the ability to aggregate content from any source connected to the network, including traffic and transit applications, video streams, web pages, maps, satellite and cable news feeds, to dynamically connect individuals and teams.”
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The cameras because of their ability to withstand wet conditions, high temperatures and corrosive salt water.