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Council to Renew City’s Security Camera Contract

University of Maryland Police checks camera feeds from ampus and old town College Park

In tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider granting a contract to Avrio RMS Group, which provided the CCTV and LPR cameras existing in Old Town, to continue maintaining and providing support for the camera system, at a cost of $182,784 over five years.

The City Council voted 6-2 Feb. 23, 2010 to approve a 19-camera security system in the city’s Old Town neighborhood, near downtown College Park

Installation of the system was funded through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP). The network of 15 pan/tilt/zoom closed-circuit TV (CCTV) and 2 license plate reader (LPR) cameras in the Old Town section of the City connects to the existing on-campus camera system, and the cameras feed real-time data and video to the University of Maryland system for monitoring.

Six people constantly monitor 350 cameras on the UMd campus and surrounding areas from inside the security operations center, residing in the $12 million, 300,000 square foot building which was once The Washington Post’s production plant.

The warranty for maintenance of the system expires soon, and Avrio has proposed a five-year contract at a 6% discount from the normal annual cost. The source of funds would be the CCTV Capital Project.

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