BART directors to vote on anti-terrorism center, digital ad displays 

click to enlarge BART police could soon gain access to an updated real-time information system if board members approve funds for a $3.1 million center. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • BART police could soon gain access to an updated real-time information system if board members approve funds for a $3.1 million center.

BART is poised to beef up its anti-terrorism programs with a new ?$3.1 million communications ?center.

The new network is expected to include a mobile data program to allow BART officers to evaluate real-time information from the agency’s intrusion-detection and access-control systems. It also entails a computer-aided dispatch system and record-management programs.

Up for approval at BART’s board of directors meeting today, the digital network is the second phase of the agency’s Regional Anti-Terrorism Integrated Law Enforcement System, referred to as RAILS. The first part of the system was a seismically isolated communications center for BART’s police force, which was completed in 2009. The data program would help streamline information going into the communications center.

“This will give BART police dispatchers one integrated view of operational data on a digital map, providing them real-time capability of monitoring threats to then quickly respond to incidents,” said agency spokeswoman Alicia Trost.

BART has not established a timeline for when the network would be added to the communications center, Trost said. If approved today, the bulk of the funding for the program — $2.2 million — will come from U.S. Department  of Homeland Security grants, with the rest coming from the agency’s operating budget.

Along with voting on the anti-terrorism system, directors also will discuss a new digital advertising program that could generate an extra $1 million a year for BART.

The agency is proposing to replace 48 ad displays with 24 digital screens at its four downtown San Francisco stations. Each station would receive six of the display signs, which would hang on the wall across the trackway on platforms.

Because the digital displays would be more attractive to advertisers, BART expects to realize an extra $1 million in revenue, Trost said. If approved, the digital ads could be on display by August.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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