Twin Cities Count on Cameras, VMS and a Great Integrator

State agencies look for qualified bidders

"Pro-Tec Design knows that with state governments you have to be competent and competitive," said Terry Haukom. "You have to get pre-qualified and their ability and actions opened up the doors for me to use them. In traffic management, the information provided by cameras is power; video surveillance is one of the most productive ways of getting detailed information in a hurry," he said.

Haukom has astute engineering expertise and is a visionary who saw that he would be able to do much more with surveillance than simply blanket the city and its surrounding areas with cameras-he wanted an intelligent system that would also be used to aid in other parts of the transportation mix, such as highway helper and patrols, responders and other parts and parcels to make the roadways safer and bring information in quickly so responsible parties can act quickly and make smart decisions-because lives may sometimes lie in the balance. He also spearheaded the construction of the RTMC.

Other specifics of the Minnesota DOT intelligent roadway system include:

- Milestone Corporate level software and some 630 licenses,
- 25 Dell 2950 servers each with 4-250GB hard drives,
- Four days of storage at 15fps,
- Sharing of video by Rochester, Duluth and St. Cloud with a common software platform,
- Distribution of video to local television stations through a dedicated fiber channel connection,
- 30 Public Safety Access Points (PSAPs) that are receiving 911 calls and dispatching police, fire and ambulance services; while each does not have a fiber video feed Milestone is beginning to be deployed to assist in funneling video effectively. By streaming the video to a Milestone client they can receive live real-time video(s) that allows them to dispatch the correct amount of resources and understand the urgency of some of these when needed, and
- Deployment of an Intelligent Roadway Information System (IRIS) software program Haukom created to provide graphical real-time data.

"Communications used to be a phone call," said Haukom. "Now, responders and others can act quickest when they can pull up a camera view and determine with their eyes what the appropriate actions should be. We saw a great deal of positive changes system wide based on what operators saw. Saving minutes can sometimes mean saving lives."

Hagen said Pro-Tec Design has made a concerted effort over the last several years to develop a variety of services. "We find ourselves involved in the design of security solutions. In order to do that we have developed a team of engineers, technicians and other personnel and having those resources gives us the ability to think of a better way to approach a project; a better way to structure a solution for an RFP. We do quite a bit of negotiated work with the state agencies and that's mostly an RFP. We have had success with projects that require a bid because we have the team that focuses on services and design solutions. Some companies focus on coming in with the lowest bid; we come in with the lowest qualified bid," Hagen said.

Goods Shipped

For the first six months of 2011, freight shipments were up 1.3 percent, according to U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Air Travel Up

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported U.S. airlines carried 63.8 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in May 2011, a 3.9 percent increase from May 2010.