TSA announces $4.9 million for airport surveillance at Philadelphia International Airport

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Local Press Release
Monday, October 19, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced approximately $4.9 million in funding for the installation of additional closed circuit television (CCTV) systems at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which are designed to assist TSA's efforts to strengthen security at airports.

"In an airport environment, CCTV systems provide many benefits including improved security, better personnel deployment and assistance with the resolution of suspicious items," said PHL's Federal Security Director Robert Ellis. "The installation of these additional cameras, along with upgrades to our existing cameras, will be a tremendous asset to our security efforts."

The award, which comes from fiscal 2009 funds, will enhance the CCTV systems currently in place at PHL. CCTV technology is in place at hundreds of airports across the country. In addition to Philadelphia, TSA has collaborated with other individual airports to expand these sophisticated and integrated security networks.

Why is TSA using CCTV technology?
Closed circuit television (CCTV) systems are sophisticated and integrated security networks which increase the safety and security of airport facilities, employees and passengers. The systems are an integral part of TSA and airport security operations, providing a high level of threat detection and enhancing emergency response.

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