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Incident detection system for Boston Tunnels

Citilog : 08 May, 2008  (Application Story)
VisioPaD surveillance system from Citilog to provide real time traffic management and incident detection capabilities for Boston police managing the city's network of road tunnels.
Citilog has announced its VisioPaD product will be deployed by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) for management of traffic incident detections across key tunnels in the Boston area. With more than 200 pan-tilt-zoon (PTZ) cameras integrated with VisioPad within the Ted Williams Tunnel, I-90 Connector and I-93 tunnels, Citilog's solution will enable tunnel traffic incidents to be detected within one minute. The results will provide a significant positive impact in responsiveness to facilitate safety, security and traffic flow.

VisioPaD will be fully integrated with existing PTZ cameras and the Integrated Project Control System Central Computer System running Transdyn's DYNAC software to provide seamless incident detection and response management for the facility. Two-hundred and seventy-two (272) tunnel cameras will be intelligently and automatically monitored for traffic incidents by Citilog's VisioPaD. The implementation of Citilog will improve MTA's ability to meet federal and state requirements for managing traffic incidents and ability to respond to emergency situations. Citilog's solution also lowers the MTA's maintenance cost by eliminating the need to maintain 1,800 inductive loops in the Central Artery/Tunnel system.

"Our main goal is to reduce incident detection times," commented Frank Spada, Director of Intelligent Transportation Systems for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. Citilog's VisioPaD solution enables us to automatically and intelligently detect tunnel incidents within a minute improving response and clearance times. In addition, the solution is easily deployed, enabling us to be operational very quickly. As a result, the 272 cameras will create a virtual set of eyes which will monitor the entire infrastructure. This has removed our need to develop and maintain loop-based incident detection software previously required - a real time and cost saver."

VisioPaD provides several integration and usage advantages:.

- Minimal configuration required.
- Automatic and dynamic calibration.
- Adapts to PTZ and fixed cameras.
- No preset position.
- Field proven technology.
- Compatible with IP and analog Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Systems.
- Integrated pre and post incident video recording.
- Digital Video recording.

In addition, VisioPaD automatically adjusts to camera shifts, changes in the video feed, to all weather conditions and all traffic conditions to maximize video clarity at all times of the day or night. Citilog's solutions enable state, county and city resource managers to limit the losses from road traffic incidents, crimes or unauthorized access, by providing real time automated incident detection enabling the possibility to deploy corrective measures before the loss escalates.

The video-based detection systems can be tailored to instantly identify and alert management about various incidents. Citilog's software-based systems use existing video signals from any CCTV, fixed, PTZ, analogue, IP and any other camera, thus requiring no new hardware or infrastructure additions. These video signals are fed into Citilog's video detection units that process video signals and create instant incident alarms with on-screen highlighting of the incident to enable rapid identification. This is critical at a time when the average traffic centre has dozens to hundreds of video feeds to monitor - Citilog automatically monitors and detects incidents for you in real time.

Traffic management products also aid states, counties and cities in their quest to reduce pollutant emissions, by ensuring fast recovery from an incident to get traffic flowing again. In addition, Citilog's video-based security monitoring solution are ideal for protecting sensitive sites - such as bridges, railways, tunnels, and more - from criminal and / or terrorist threats, vandalism and degradations to performance. All this is done by employing Citilog's advanced technology for instant video-based incident detection. For all products, video is recorded and can be stored for post analysis, audit trails and safety performance measurements.

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