EarthCam Helps NJDOT Protect 87th PGA Championship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, May 8, 2006 -- Harold Neil is Executive Assistant of the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Office of Transportation Security. He is tasked with statewide transportation security and counterterrorism efforts to protect infrastructure and vulnerable facilities from attack. An important aspect of Mr. Neil's job is the ongoing evaluation and implementation of new techniques, strategies and technologies to effectively execute his division's security mandate.
Mr. Neil is a contributing author for the "Homeland Security Handbook" published by McGraw Hill. In his chapter "Transportation Information and Security" he writes, "...transportation information fusion is a significant part of achieving N.J. DOT's planned enhancement of transportation security. A fusion center would provide decision makers with a holistic overview of activity in all modes of transportation. Maps and video images would enable officials to detect, mitigate, and respond to threats and incidents having to do with both homeland security and general emergency management."
Mr. Neil first learned of EarthCam, Inc. at a formal presentation the company gave to the NJDOT's Chief of Staff that demonstrated EarthCam's advanced webcam technologies and managed services. Impressed with EarthCam's network camera expertise, long list of successfully completed projects and Fortune 500 clientele, Mr. Neil was anxious to utilize EarthCam for Homeland Security Applications.
The first test of EarthCam's webcam technology would be a special event that would have "a potentially major impact" on NJ's transportation network. This turned out to be the 87th PGA Championship.
When another vendor was unable to meet a tight deadline to deploy the required security camera systems for the international tournament event, NJDOT needed to hire a replacement vendor at the last minute. The task at hand was a daunting one: multiple cameras delivering real time video from widely dispersed locations all without bandwidth connections in a seemingly impossible timeframe. Mr. Neil called EarthCam for assistance, and the response was instant.
EarthCam deployed secure network IP webcams utilizing high-speed wireless data connections on the Sprint EVDO network with robotic pan/tilt/zoom capability, live streaming video output and provided archiving services for this project. One webcam was positioned at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ to monitor the staging area for shuttle buses that transported spectators to the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ. Wireless security webcams monitoring traffic conditions along the bus routes were positioned on a major interstate highway.
Bruce: Why did NJDOT choose IP cameras?
BHS: Why did you choose EarthCam?
BHS: Regarding the recent PGA Championship: why did NJDOT decide to deploy
NJDOT has been involved in major event planning and operations since the 1994 World Cup Games at Giants Stadium. The use of cameras provided another tool in our toolbox to support the major events. In our experience people remember two items while attending a major special event, one, the event itself and second, how they arrived and departed and what they experienced. Our goal was to provide to all agencies the regional transportation situational awareness picture needed to identify and remove incidents as quickly as possible thus allowing uninterrupted access to the transportation network allowing those waiting to attend the event their access and those needing to avoid the areas the proper identification of potential disruption.
BHS: Was your project a success?
BHS: Do you have any comments or feedback about working with EarthCam?
BHS: How was your experience working with EarthCam's technology and
BHS: In the future, will the NJDOT be using more cameras for their projects,
To quote Mr. Neil's chapter, "The expectation is that better information flow and a holistic view of transportation information and incidents will improve decision making and facilitate joint action."