New York transportation group awards security contract

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has awarded a three-year, $212 million contract to a Lockheed Martin-led team to upgrade the authority’s electronic security infrastructure.

Under the Integrated Electronic Security System and Command, Communications and Control (IESS/C3) program, Lockheed’s team will design, develop and deploy the system, which includes maintenance options that could extend the program through September 2013, according to the company’s press release. The announcement was made about two weeks ago.

The team will install more than 1,000 cameras and 3,000 sensors – including motion and perimeter sensors, intelligent video, closed circuit television and other threat-detection technologies – throughout the MTA system, which is North America’s largest transportation network

After Lockheed’s team completes the program, security operators will have access to incident management response and recovery capabilities across MTA’s network. The program will also provide enhanced monitoring, surveillance, access control, intrusion-detection and response capabilities at certain locations.

Companies in the Lockheed-led team include ARINC, a global transportation communications and systems engineering company; Slattery Skanska USA Civil, an international construction and engineering firm; SYSTRA Engineering, a global engineering firm for rail and public transit systems; Intergraph, a software and data management firm; Cubic, a company that installed the MTA’s fare collection system, and Lenel Systems International, which integrates digital video systems with alarms, intrusion-detection and other systems.

About 2.4 billion New Yorkers use MTA’s subways, buses and railroads every year, and about 300 million vehicles use the authority’s bridges and tunnels annually. The network serves a 5,000 square mile area stretching from New York City to Long Island to southeastern New York state and Connecticut.

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