D.C. Metro Gets On Track With Centralized Security

Harler, Curt
May 2005
Business Communications Review;May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p54
Trade Publication
The article reports on Washington, D.C. Metro system setting up centralized communications. The system's architects soon realized that, if they wanted to be prepared for any event, the communications that monitor the security systems were as crucial as the security systems themselves. Tens of thousands of commuters pack the Metro daily, little realizing the extent of security related communications that goes on behind the scenes. The solution proved to be a security system deployed along the 103 miles of the Metro system. While constant security improvements are made along the rails, one of the more interesting recent projects was for communications systems for five new stations, two parking garages and seven additional miles of track. Called the F-Route Communications project, the $8 million job started before 9/11 and continued for 30 months. The security zone extends beyond track rights-of-way to nearby buildings like the parking structures used by commuters. One of the biggest challenges faced by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metro system was accelerating the pace of deployment post-9/11.


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