The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and the Port
Authority Transit Corp. (PATCO) awarded TAC a $3.8 million contract to install
an integrated video monitoring and emergency communications system along the PATCO
rapid transit rail lines that connect Philadelphia
and southern New Jersey via the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The project, which is funded by the Department of Homeland
Security and purchased through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management
Association, will see TAC replacing the existing closed circuit television
system and adding an emergency communication system to improve the safety and
security of DRPA’s ridership.
Approximately 250 Pelco cameras will observe conditions and
activities along the 14-mile transit line, which carries as many as 40,000
daily passengers. The emergency communications system with 98 telephones will
enable transit users to contact DRPA authorities in case of an emergency along
DRPA and PATCO will monitor the system from a central command center
and backup centers. An uninterruptible power supply will supply backup power in
the event of a power failure and keep the system operating.