In recognition of a remarkable act of generosity and concern for public safety, Government Security News has announced that it will cap off its 2013 Homeland Security Awards Program with the presentation of a new award for an “Extraordinary Achievement in Public Safety and Security” to Total Recall Corp., of Suffern, NY, and nine state-of-the-art vendors who partnered with Total Recall in a surveillance and security upgrade of the Statue of Liberty.
The project was completed following eight months of renovations and repairs that were needed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The Statue was re-opened to visitors on July 4, 2013. It has averaged 25,000 visitors per day in the ensuing months.
According to Jordan Heilweil, CEO of Total Recall, the company reached out to the U.S. Park Police, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) with a digital surveillance and security proposal that would involve design, installation and maintenance of the Statue as a pro bono donation from the consortium of 10 companies, now known as the “Dream Team.”
In the upgrade that took place following acceptance of the proposal, Total Recall and the technology team migrated the Statue from outdated analog CCTV to the latest in digital video technology to enable the park to cover areas with high-quality video surveillance that could not be reached before. The team also constructed an intelligent and ultra-modern command center to help the National Park Service and National Park Police do their jobs more effectively.
During a half-day press tour of Liberty and Ellis islands and Lady Liberty, Heilweil identified the nine other members of the Statue’s “Dream Team” and described their contributions to the project as follows:
Milestone Systems – For its open platform IP video management software that enables first responders to quickly search for incidents while pushing video to mobile devices;
Total Recall and the Dream Team clearly have a lot to be proud of in their upgrade of one of America’s most beloved and treasured symbols of freedom and opportunity.
Read more about Milestone's donation for The Statue of Liberty.