MTA's Security Upgrades -- Fast Track and Cost Effective

This paper describes how, under several grants from the Maryland Department of Homeland Security, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) set out to reduce the threat to MTA facilities and prevent access to the subway portal. The funding was beneficial, but not substantial, and was provided with a very short schedule. The result of this engineering effort produced the following upgrades, within budget and on-schedule: (1) A new, intelligent video system at the Metro subway portal. Using a combination of CCTV and motion detection in conjunction with a windows-based application, this system provides automatic left object detection, object/personnel detection and tracking, and automated alarming and recording. This is all within an off-the-shelf, expandable package that is remotely accessible. (2) Additional CCTV cameras at MTA operating facilities. This allows for the monitoring and recording of criminal activity at all bus and rail divisions. (3) Fence overhaul and repair. This improves overall security and limits unauthorized access. (4) Electronic access systems at the gates and key entrances of MTA's Bush Street facility. This allows MTA to control and monitor employee access and prevent unauthorized access. MTA has concluded that it's possible to achieve very positive security results in a short period of time. As such, this paper is of use to any agency that is required to upgrade security within a limited budget and time framework. This paper describes the design of the security system upgrades, with specific emphasis on MTA's new intelligent video system at the Subway Portal.

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  • Authors:
    • Mowry, Robert
    • Hartsock, Vern
    • Suau, Salvador
    • Massaquoi, Michael
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  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 5p
  • Monograph Title: Rail Transit Conference Proceedings, 2005

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  • Accession Number: 01002124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594155
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2005 10:14AM