- The Washington Times
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

City buses in Boston will be equipped with $7 million worth of live video surveillance technology — thanks to the Department of Homeland Security.

New 360-degree lenses will soon be fixtures in 225 buses, a local CBS affiliate reported. Officials plan to have the installation complete by the end of summer.

“The riders of the [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority] have been asking for cameras for a long time and we think that this will give them confidence that we are doing everything possible to protect them,” said Joe O’Connor, deputy superintendent of the MBTA Transit Police.

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The surveillance system, fully funded by Homeland Security grant money, will allow officers in some police cruisers to touch a screen and immediately see inside the buses they are following, CBS reported. Law enforcement officials at a dispatch center will also be able to monitor hundreds of vehicles at one time.

The transit authority said it is the first in nation with the technology.

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