TSA Announces $5 Million for Video Surveillance at San Francisco International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced approximately US$5 million in funding for the purchase of additional equipment for a closed circuit television (CCTV) system at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) — designed to assist Transportation Security Administration efforts to strengthen security at airports.

"The addition of new cameras as well as increased storage capability on pre-existing cameras will be a tremendous asset to our security efforts at SFO airport," said Federal Security Director Ed Gomez. "These video recording enhancements will strengthen security, allow better personnel deployment and assist with the resolution of suspicious items."

The $5 million award, which comes from fiscal year 2009 funds, will enhance video surveillance systems currently in place at SFO airport. Video systems are an integral part of TSA and airport security operations, providing a high level of threat detection and enhancing emergency response and risk mitigation.

"We are extremely appreciative of the additional funding TSA has provided to San Francisco International Airport to further expand and enhance the airport's comprehensive closed-circuit television system," said Airport Director John Martin. "SFO's number one priority has been, and always will be, the safety and security of everyone traveling through and working at the San Francisco International Airport."

Video surveillance technology is used at hundreds of airports across the country and TSA has collaborated with individual airports to expand these sophisticated and integrated security networks.
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