New consoles aim to help Denver boost security and crime prevention at commuter parking lots
Security and crime prevention at Denver Park-n-Ride commuter parking lots
will be enhanced with the addition of security consoles acquired through
a contract that the Regional Transportation District (RTD) awarded last
month to Boeing Co.
Boeing Autometric, a unit of Boeing, will install, integrate and configure
three Visual Security Operations Consoles (VSOC) at the RTD's central station
in Denver to monitor four Park-n-Ride locations.
"We are looking to provide the highest level of security we possibly
can for the people of Denver who use Park-n-Rides in order to use our transit
services," said Scott Reed, chief public affairs officer for Denver's RTD.
The VSOCs feature 3-D computer displays that will interoperate with
new video surveillance systems at the specified Park-n-Ride locations to
provide more effective surveillance as well as aid in crime prevention.
Each VSOC will show "photorealistic" views of Park-n-Ride facilities, with
3-D icons superimposed on a touchscreen interface that would allow an operator
to call up live camera feeds and recorded video.
After Sept. 11, "everyone in the public sector is looking into security
issues," Reed said.
Denver is looking to expand the software to other Park-n-Rides throughout
the city's 43 municipalities. However, "it is good to test the efficiency
of the system before we decide to expand," Reed said.
The four Park-n-Rides selected to use the software and receive new surveillance
cameras are among the most crowded facilities in the city, Reed said. Six
other Park-n-Rides will be equipped with new cameras, but will not yet use
the VSOC technology.
The $299,000 contract was funded under the RTD's security budget. The
system is expected to be fully operational by September 2003.
The VSOC software first became available in 1999 for an undisclosed
federal location. It has been used in security command centers at high-security
government facilities since 2000, said Tony Moraco, deputy general manager
for Boeing Autometric.
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