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Verint to supply security software at WTC hub

A Verint video analytics console

A Verint video analytics console Photo Credit: Verint Systems Inc.

Verint Systems Inc. of Melville has a new contract putting it at the heart of the Port Authority's plans to detect and prevent crime and terrorism at the planned World Trade Center transportation hub.

Verint's software will analyze massive video streams from doorways, platforms and key offices such as the electrical and telecommunications rooms. The company did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

The goal of such computerized video analysis is to give police immediate notice of possible threats or emergencies.

The undertaking is on a huge scale, with an array of walkways and rail thoroughfares. The Port Authority's planned hub "is designed to accommodate 250,000 pedestrians per day and will feature underground pedestrian connections to locations on and around the WTC site, Hudson River ferry terminals, the World Financial Center, PATH trains, 13 subway lines, and the proposed JFK rail link," Verint said.

The company made the disclosure Friday in a news release saying that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had contracted with Verint Video Intelligence Solutions. The contract was awarded in July, Verint said.

The hub is scheduled to open in 2014, and "will make lower Manhattan the third-largest transportation center in New York and will re-establish the transportation facilities and infrastructure that existed at the WTC complex prior to Sept. 11, 2001," Verint said in the news release.

The Port Authority already contracts with Verint to for video analytics at the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey PATH system, and AirTrain JFK.

Based on an IP, or Internet Protocol, platform, the Verint system works with high-quality video images; optimizes bandwidth and storage; gives a range of video search capabilities; and offers programmable video retention and storage.

"As a result, the organization is expected to achieve a more complete and accurate view of activity and operations," Verint said.


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