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|AUGUST 19, 2002||TTY: 217/524-4875|
ILLINOIS' REST AREAS TO BE
EQUIPPED WITH SECURITY CAMERAS
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Travel through Illinois will become safer this summer
as additional security equipment is installed in all of the state's interstate
Illinois will be the first state in the nation to equip all of its rest
areas with security cameras and emergency call boxes. Installation of the
security equipment has started and will be completed by mid-October.
An average of six to seven security cameras and two to five emergency
call boxes will be placed at each of the Illinois Department of Transportation's
53 interstate rest area sites. Cameras and call boxes will be located in the car
parking lots, the truck parking lots, and inside the rest area buildings.
"With more than 33 million visitors to our rest areas each year we want
to make sure our facilities are the safest we can provide," Illinois
Transportation Secretary Kirk Brown said. "The installation of video cameras and
call boxes takes Illinois to that next level of safety for the public."
Video images from the security cameras will be available to IDOT, the
Illinois State Police, and other law enforcement agencies so they can monitor
the rest areas on a routine basis or go to a specific camera when a call box is
activated to determine the problem.
The call boxes will have a button people can push which will send an
emergency signal to the ISP and will also provide a voice link between the two
locations. When the call box is activated a strobe light will also begin
The cameras will be in locations in the parking lots that will maximize
their effectiveness, as will the call boxes. Inside the rest area building the
call box will be in the lobby with the cameras focused on both doors and able to
send an image of the entire lobby area. The emergency call boxes are similar to
what has been installed on a number of college campuses. They will be blue and
easily identified by the public.
The $3.88 million contract for installation and maintenance of the
equipment was awarded to ADT Security Services, Inc.
"As part of our commitment to securing America, ADT is proud to be a part
of this statewide initiative to help protect the citizens of Illinois," said
Mike Snyder, president of ADT Security Services, Inc. "ADT has many contracts
with state, municipal and federal customers, as we continue to help keep people
safe whether they are in their homes, businesses or communities."