LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced it is implementing technology allowing law enforcement personnel to access images from closed-circuit security cameras throughout the Metro system on their smartphones.
The LexRay Systems allows first responders to see inside a bus or train car that is in need of assistance, according to Metro board Chairman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
“Metro has been investigating practical technologies that can help enhance the safety and security of the riding public and our employees,” he said.
Additionally, to augment closed-circuit TV coverage near parking lots at Metro Rail and Orange Line stations, Metro will begin deploying SkyWatch security towers as mobile “eyes in the sky.”
The towers are elevated, movable systems that use real-time and remote video surveillance to bolster the security presence. Metro received a state grant to purchase four SkyWatch towers and the deployment will begin in late September, Ridley-Thomas said.
Security kiosks will also be installed in nine subway plazas at high-volume rail stations, enabling sheriff’s deputies and other security personnel to access computers and other law enforcement tools where they have not been previously available.
The new technologies come a few months after Metro introduced the installation of polycarbonate barriers on buses to protect operators from assaults, and the deployment of closed-circuit TV monitors on buses to help reduce assaults and other crimes.
Since March, Metro “has been moving forward with the purchase of security barriers and video monitors on all new buses,” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said.
“To those who are inclined to commit crimes on our system: we will be watching you and are ramping up enforcement to catch you,” he said.
The rate of serious crime on Metro’s system is four incidents per 1 million boardings, Washington said. On an average workday, Metro has 1.4 million bus and rail boardings.