Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has deployed SightLogix video intrusion detection system to provide perimeter security and prevent vandalism at the transit system's Northwest Rail Operations Facility (NWROF).
DART selected the SightLogix solution after a full and open competition and Kratos Southwest won the public bid for the DART contract. Key to the project's success was the ability to meet a delivery schedule on time and within the available budget. Together with SightLogix, Kratos worked with a number of groups within DART to meet compliance requirements related to emergency preparedness, IT and environmental safety.
SightLogix's outdoor security performance and its ability to lower total project costs were critical factors in DART's decision. By deploying long-range thermal surveillance camera, DART was able to complete the project using fewer cameras, reducing the number of poles, power and communications required. These cost savings allowed DART to procure additional cameras within the available budget and extend the security system to cover the entire perimeter. Further cost savings were realized by deploying the SightLogix system over DART's wireless network, and running a “green” power system from CDM Wireless that relies on solar energy and standby batteries, eliminating the costs to run power and network lines under nearby railroad tracks.
Based on this success, DART is moving ahead with other SightLogix projects. “Protecting our critical facilities in this manner enables us to run a safe, secure system,” said Jill Shaw, Emergency Preparedness Manager, DART. “With SightLogix' automated surveillance technology, DART security personnel can preempt potential security policy violations in real-time to ensure the integrity of our rail system.”