Plan would link 3 Conn. ports with video camerasCity plans to apply for up to $600,000 in federal Homeland Security grants to pay for system
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Security cameras at Connecticut's three deep-water ports would be linked to a single monitoring system under a proposal being spearheaded by New Haven officials.
The New Haven Register reports the city plans to apply for up to $600,000 in federal Homeland Security grants to pay for system, which would link cameras in New Haven with those installed in ports in New London and Bridgeport.
The idea would be to create a single video platform that could be used by the U.S. Coast Guard, other law-enforcement agencies and the ports to monitor what is happening at all three at the same time.
New Haven has more than 20 security cameras at its port and Bridgeport has 31. The camera systems in both ports use the same software, but have limited ability to share information, officials said.
"Collaboration is the most important process in preparedness and basic homeland security protection," Scott Appleby, Bridgeport director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, told the newspaper. "If we all are working together and sharing systems that can allow us to maintain and disseminate information faster, then we're going to be better as a whole community ... no matter what the hazard is."
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