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New Cameras For City Buses Proposed

"3...2...1...Mission Control, we have lift off!"

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A different sort of Apollo mission is expected to take off in Santa Clarita this year.

Pending final approval by council members at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the city will award a half-million dollar contract to Apollo Video Technology for the purchase and installation of a new security camera system on 87 of the city’s existing local and commuter transit fleet.

According to the city, the total cost of this project, including contingency, is $518,501.

 


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Federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act becomes available in the Fiscal Year 2010-11 so the project does not require any general fund monies.

In 1999, 50 of the city’s 57 local transit buses were equipped with a security camera system. The commuter bus fleet of 30 vehicles was not equipped.

Since installation of the cameras, the city says Santa Clarita Transit experienced a measurable drop in vandalism and person-to-person incidents.apollo_camera_monitor

“The camera system has allowed staff to follow up on customer and employee concerns and has been used successfully by the Sheriff’s Department and local school districts during various investigations,” according to city documents.

The city says recent advances within the industry have created a scenario in which the City’s 12-year-old camera system can no longer be sustained in a cost-effective manner. The system requires constant maintenance and has become unreliable. New replacement parts are no longer available, requiring all replacement parts to be refurbished.

City staff is proposing to replace the camera system and expand the new system to include the city’s commuter fleet. All 87 local and commuter buses will have the newest security camera system installed, allowing the city to continue supporting our local Sheriff's department in investigations, our operations contractor in addressing employee and customer concerns, and to deter vandalism.

apollo_camera_dvrIn addition, the new security system from Woodinville, Washington-based Apollo Video Technology, will use secured wireless technology to automatically download information from the buses. This functionality will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the system.

For more information on the bidding process click here.

To view Apollo Video Technology’s website click here.

The Santa Clarita City Council will meet Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at City Hall.