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On-board camera systems to be installed on 74 buses

October 11, 2006
Contact: Penny Bassett Hackett or
Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved a pilot program to install video cameras on 74 buses to enhance the overall safety and security of both customers and bus operators.

The $424,000 pilot includes the installation of on-board camera systems on NJ TRANSIT’s Big Tree Garage bus fleet in Nutley, which serves routes in Essex, Passaic, Bergen and Union counties, as well as cameras on 48 supervisor vehicles. The contract with DriveCam of San Diego, CA includes the necessary hardware, servers and support infrastructure, as well as one year of managed services.

Unlike a conventional camera system, DriveCam records data when triggered by the operator or when triggered by a significant sudden change in “g-force” such as a collision or high-speed maneuver, capturing occurrences both inside and outside the bus. The system offers a considerable cost savings to conventional on-board camera systems and reduces the amount of data that must be stored.

Each time the bus returns into the garage, events recorded by the system are automatically downloaded through a wireless network to a computer server. The pilot program includes one year of managed service by the vendor who will review, prioritize and send back video data on a daily basis.

NJ TRANSIT will begin the one-year DriveCam pilot program in January to evaluate the system’s benefits to operator safety, customer safety and the unique ability to reconstruct incidents before proceeding with future installations.