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San Francisco Bus System Upgrading Surveillance Cameras

The new setup will enable viewing in real-time, a vast improvement from the current analog video system.

A multiple vehicle transit system in San Francisco plans to install high-tech video surveillance cameras that can be viewed in real-time in the systems’ buses, which is a significant upgrade over its current analog video system.

The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) system—which operates streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, electric trolley coaches and the world famous cable cars—has received a $6 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to install cameras in the buses, according to the transit system.

The Muni system’s buses are currently outfitted with surveillance cameras, but that system is more than 10 years old, requires significant upkeep, and the video is stored on tapes within each vehicle that must be removed from a bus and viewed in an office.

The new cameras are to be installed on all 358 Muni buses, and they are to be part of a wireless network of computers and servers at three bus yards, according to officials.