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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-09-10 Print this article Print

: Bridge, Tunnel Safety Measures Enhanced"> "Were able to get then information either to an individual or to an agency, and we were able to get it to folks accurately and timely, and it was invisible as far as the [international] border was concerned," he said When it comes to other new technology on bridges and tunnels, though, officials are guarded about offering details with the threat of terrorist attacks still looming.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York manages key bridges such as the Verrazano Narrows and Triborough bridges and the Brooklyn Battery and Queens Midtown tunnels. Spokesman Tom Kelly said it wasnt worth the security risk to publicly disclose the types of technology being used to better secure and monitor the bridges.
"Pre Sept. 11 we might have thought about it, but now absolutely we wont talk about it," he said. In San Francisco, the landmark Golden Gate Bridge has faced heightened security since last years terrorists attacks on the east coast. That included two "super-heightened" alerts, one for three days in mid-August after word of a terrorist threat to crash a plane into the bridge and earlier in July after Spanish authorities found a videotape of potential terrorist target believed to be from al-Qaida members that included footage of the Golden Gate bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge Highway District has upgraded and expanded its system of surveillance cameras on the bridge, said district spokeswoman Mary Currie. But she declined to offer any more details on technology steps taken since Sept. 11. Bridges across the state of California, as in other states, have heightened physical security. The California Highway Patrol has stepped up its patrols of bridges such as the Golden Gate and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, said Sgt. Wayne Ziese, public information officer for the CHPs Bay Area command, in Vallejo, Calif. Officers also have begun using handheld thermal imaging devices, or night vision, to allow officers to see better. The CHP also has budgeted for more aircraft for its patrols, Ziese said. "Obviously the real threat from terrorists has been well documented since 9/11 and the responsibility has been put on us to make safe to the best of our abilities these key transportation links," he said. Related Stories:
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    Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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