As of early 2015 UTA has deployed over 1,000 cameras from a mix of vendors: Axis, Panasonic, IQEye and Digital Watchdog. The system runs on nine HP servers provided by BCDVideo (eight for recording and one for management). With this system in place, UTA can expand to 2,000 cameras or more. The security cameras are accessible by dispatch, commuter and rail control centers and other authorized users
The Video Security Administrator at UTA believes that investing in UTA is tantamount to investing in the local economy. Twitter moved its data center to the Salt Lake area in 2010, for example, and eBay opened up a 24,000 square foot facility in Draper across the street from a commuter rail station in 2013. The Video Security Administrator at UTA knows that a top-notch public transit system makes the region more desirable to businesses that are considering relocating. Utah politicians often point to UTA as a major selling point in their pitch to new businesses.
Utah in winter can get some chilly temperatures, lots of snow and little wind, which at times can act like a lid holding in the air. The Video Security Administrator at UTA says the region is committed to better air quality, which would also attract more businesses. Since Milestone helps make UTA a safer, more efficient transit system, it can contribute to a higher volume of riders and fewer cars on the road adding to pollution levels.
One of the most important features of the Milestone system is Evidence Lock, a new function that secures select video recordings for investigations. Evidence Lock allows Milestone clients to extend the retention time for video recordings from selected cameras in a set time interval by overriding normal video retention policies.
The video system has also been used to prevent more serious incidents. When UTA had a truck stalled on a train track, the truck driver did not call in to report the incident as he was supposed to. However, a camera caught the incident, and a technician called Union Pacific to let them know what was happening. UTA operates in a rail corridor adjacent to a freight line. Once a freight train conductor sees potential danger, he has a limited window to stop the train. In this instance, Milestone helped avert a potentially serious accident.
UTA is considering incorporating Milestone Interconnect, a unique system concept that allows all Milestone products to be interconnected through the premium software, Milestone XProtect® Corporate. Milestone Interconnect provides a cost-efficient and flexible way to gain central surveillance operation across geographically dispersed sites, no matter which Milestone VMS is used in each.