Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Half of Muni surveillance cameras fail in audit

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

"The onboard video surveillance equipment on more than half of Muni's buses and trains was not fully operational when an emergency audit was ordered by the San Francisco transit agency after the stabbing of an 11-year-old boy on a city bus last month.

The Chronicle obtained the results of the audit Monday through a public records request. The inspection's findings highlight for the first time the extent of the problem Muni has had in keeping a key component of its safety and security system in good working condition.

The entire fleet, with the exception of the cable cars and historic streetcars, is outfitted with cameras. Of the approximately 960 vehicles equipped with surveillance devices, 22 percent were deemed completely nonfunctional and an additional 30 percent only partially functional, the inspection found. The remaining 48 percent worked.

The audit found a range of problems: blurry images, vandalized cameras, poor sound, broken data packs, bad cables and inoperable recorders, among others.

Since the audit was completed in late September, Muni has scrambled to fix the malfunctioning components - and has made progress, said Muni spokesman Judson True. ..."

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