Siemens, Windemuller to Help Secure U.S.-Canadian Bridge

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., Oct. 5, 2005 -- Windemuller and Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., have been awarded a $1.3 million contract by the Joint International Bridge Authority Board of Directors to provide security and traffic management system improvements for the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge.

The 1.8 mile long bridge spans the St. Mary’s River and is a critical border crossing that connects the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The International Bridge Administration (IBA), an administrative entity within the Michigan Department of Transportation, manages the day-to-day operations of both the U.S. and Canadian portions of the bridge.

Michigan-based Windemuller, the prime contractor for the project, will be responsible for the installation of system enhancements. The company began work on the project in mid-July and expects to have all systems and equipment installed by mid-October of this year.

With an expertise in systems integration, Siemens will provide all of the equipment needed for the integrated security and traffic management system improvements and is responsible for system programming and operational training. Siemens expects to have the systems operational by the end of the year.

The security and traffic management systems will enhance bridge security monitoring and enable IBA to better manage traffic flow.