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Sprinter rail line goes high-tech with security camera system

Published by Dan on December 27, 2007 11:22 AM

North County, California didn't cut corners when it came to security for its new Sprinter rail line, which is expected to start transporting travelers between Escondido and Oceanside next month. Security cameras will closely monitor all 15 stations along the line, as well as parking lots, rails, and train cars. Video images are sent to 48-screen control room located in the Sprinter operations center in Escondido.

The cameras will work not only as a deterrent to crime, but also help to increase overall rider safety. For instance, cameras will be targeted on the tracks at each Sprinter station. If someone falls onto the tracks, the cameras will capture the incident live, and rescuers can be immediately sent to the scene. The system is also programmed to direct cameras at emergency phones any time a person picks up the receiver. This allows security to see the individual in distress. Parking lot security cameras will protect vehicles from break-ins and vandalism, while surveillance cameras located in the 12 Sprinter train cars will record activity to be used as needed in investigations.

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