TAC wins video, communication contract

Posted on September 18, 2008

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 the line.

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.

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