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Florida East Coast installs wireless video surveillance system to monitor boat traffic under drawbridge


Last week, Florida East Coast Railway L.L.C. installed USA Signal Technology Inc.’s wireless video surveillance system on a drawbridge in Stuart, Fla., to monitor boat and barge traffic under the structure, and record any boat/bridge collisions.

The 351-mile regional plans to install the system on other bridges to prevent property damage claims.

The system is designed to record a high-resolution video of each boat, including registration number and name, and wirelessly transmit recordings to a security office. Operating system software enables security officers to view multiple video streams on a monitor screen that’s divided into quadrants.

“Boats and barges colliding with railway drawbridges are of great concern to the railroad industry since it happens about once or twice a week and can cost millions to repair annually,” said USA Signal Technology Chief Executive Officer Bob Stevenson in a prepared statement, adding that the FECR bridge is the company’s first rail industry installation and the firm just began marketing the system to other railroads.

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