SFO receives $5 million to upgrade security systems

San Francisco International Airport's security systems are receiving a $5 million upgrade this fall thanks to funds released by the Transportation Security Administration, according to the airport.

The money will be used to improve and expand SFO's closed circuit television system, which already lets security personnel monitor the airport on 1,400 cameras, said Edward Gomez, security director for the TSA at SFO. 

The $5 million grant will be used to install more cameras and upgrade the quality of some existing equipment, Gomez said.

Many of the cameras are analogue and will be switched to digital, he said, and some will have their recording and movement functions upgraded. Improvements will also be made to the operations center.

“It's been critical to TSA,” Gomez said of closed circuit television surveillance. “CCTV is like a lot of our security systems. People
aren't aware they're in play, but they're playing a very valuable service in monitoring situations and providing high quality service.”

Gomez said the system has been continuously updated over the past 10 to 15 years.

The newly distributed $5 million is coming from fiscal year 2009 funds, according to the TSA.

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