Approximately $7.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has been alllocated for the installation of new closed circuit television systems at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Spokane International, Gerald R. Ford International and Boise, Idaho airports.
Closed circuit surveillance systems are an integral part of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security operations, providing a high level of threat detection and enhancing emergency response and risk mitigation. The technololgy is used at hundreds of airports across the country, and TSA has collaborated individually with 62 airports nationwide to expand these sophisticated and integrated security networks to increase safety for airport facilities and employees.
DHS Secretary Napolitano has announced four projects funded by ARRA for new inline baggage handling systems that will improve airport security, travel efficiency and create jobs—totaling $62 million for technology upgrades at Orlando International, Philadelphia International and San Francisco International airports.
In awarding ARRA funds, DHS said it prioritizes shovel-ready projects that infuse resources into local economies quickly while meeting critical security needs. DHS has obligated more than 20 percent of its ARRA funds to date, and is on track to obligate more than 50 percent by the end of September 2009.