BroadWare Provides Video Surveillance Platform for Maryland Mass Transit Early Warning Security System
Sep 19, 2006 11:14 AM
BroadWare Technologies, the leader in distributed digital video surveillance, has delivered the BroadWare Media Management System (BMMS) to Cubic Corporation to provide video security functionality for a specialized explosives detection system tested successfully in the Baltimore MTA subway.
This Early Warning Explosives Detection System (EWEDS) is integrated with Cubic's advanced automatic public transit fare collection system. EWEDS incorporates GE Security's ITMS trace technology and BroadWare's digital video platform. The integrated system was designed to detect explosives residue on passengers as they purchase tickets prior to passing through faregates. If a passenger tests positive for explosives, access to faregates is denied and security and law enforcement are alerted to the potential threat. The explosives analysis is completed in seconds and adds no additional time to the ticket transaction.
When a passenger tests positive for explosives residue, a closeup digital image of that person managed and distributed by the BroadWare media platform is transmitted to one or more stationary or portable video displays that alert security personnel to intercept the individual and conduct additional screening tests. The alert includes the precise location of the gate that the person is attempting to enter. A digital image is stored and distributed only when a passenger tests positive for explosives residue, to protect the privacy of others.
"This is another example of how BroadWare video surveillance solutions are being deployed in many sensitive government, military, commercial and transportation facilities to help prevent the tragic loss of life and property," says Bill Stuntz, CEO of BroadWare Technologies. "As risks and threat levels have been elevated in recent months, the importance of automated threat detection, intelligent alerts and video-assisted interdiction in public venues has been underscored."
In addition to Cubic Corporation and GE Security (a wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric Company), the Baltimore MTA test also included the participation of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology unit, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).