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DRJTBC - Electronic Surveillance/Detection System

ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE/DETECTION SYSTEM (ESS)

This multi-dimensional project dramatically improved the Commission's security, safety, readiness and response capabilities throughout its 140-mile river jurisdiction between the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Work began in late 2007 and the undertaking was completed in 2009.

The project consisted of three major components: the creation of a video camera surveillance system, a vastly improved radio communications system, and an access-control system at the agency's building and facilities.

The various system elements are providing the public with added security while enhancing the Commission's ability to respond to accidents and other incidents at its bridges, approach roadways, buildings, and support facilities.

The system also has improved the Commission's ability to respond to major incidents, such as flooding, and has proved helpful to partner communities and other river-region agencies in addressing Silver Alerts, accident investigations and crimes..

Additionally, the video equipment will advance the Commission's efforts to develop an Intelligent Transportation System that will help manage traffic and congestion on the agency's bridges and roadways.

The video cameras are similar to what already is used by the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Transportation, the New Jersey Turnpike and other toll agencies in the region. Cameras were installed n and around all of the Commission's 18 vehicular bridges. Wireless and fiber-optic technology was utilized to link them to a Primary Control Center at the high-security Regional Operations Intelligence Center on the grounds of the New Jersey State Police headquarters in Ewing, N.J. Solar panels also were installed in some locations to power cameras and related equipment. The resulting camera network covers the Commission's bridges, piers, approach roadways, over- and under-passes, toll plazas, and the Commission's administration and maintenance facilities.

The Commission awarded the project's installation contract to a team led by Mass. Electric Construction Company of Whitestone, New York for design-build services and three years of maintenance services for an amount not-to-exceed $20,589,000, plus an option to extend the maintenance services for an additional two years at a cost of $2,015,000 for a total of $22,604,000.

Mass. Electric is consistently ranked in Engineering News Record as a top Electrical Contractor and is a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, which is ranked 7th in Engineering News Record's list of the Top 400 Contractors. Other team members include Siemens Building Technologies, system integration, KlingStubbins, final design, and J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, civil sub contractor.

The Mass. Electric Construction Company team was responsible for designing, furnishing, constructing, installing, integrating and maintaining a complete, fully operational ESS that includes the following components: video surveillance, intelligent video, facility (building) access control and intrusion detection, control centers and communications system.

In September 2008, the Commission announced the completed installation of the radio component of the new security system. The state-of-the-art radio communications upgrade is providing the Commission with a unified communications system.

Previously, the Commission communications system was hindered by technological limitations. Moreover, intra-district and inter-district radio transmission were hampered by the topography and terrain on both sides of the river.

The Commission's transition to a new unified radio network is allowing for seamless communications while allowing bridge officers and personnel to communicate directly with State Police in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and with emergency personnel up and down the river when responding to accidents and emergencies.

The cost of the new radio system was partially offset by the sale of the Commission's old communications frequency to a private telecommunications company. (As part of policy of partnering with river-region communities, the Commission also donated more than $30,000 worth of antennas, radios, base stations, and other equipment to fire, rescue and emergency-response agencies throughout the area in 2009.)

The ESS is enhancing the security of the Commission's facilities, personnel and the traveling public. It is enabling the Commission to have immediate detection, dispatch and response at all of its motor-vehicle crossings. Through the control center, the ESS is enabling the Commission and its assigned personnel to monitor its bridges and facilities at a centralized location professionally staffed on a 24-hour-per-day/seven-days-a-week basis.


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