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Thursday, November 06, 2003


California: $245 million fiber-linked security system proposed for Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

"A delegation of City of Los Angeles officials headed by Councilwoman Janice Hahn today met with members of Congress to urge additional funds to meet the mounting, post-9/11 security needs of the Port of Los Angeles and its neighbor, the Port of Long Beach, which together comprise the third busiest port complex in the world and the gateway for over 80 percent of goods that enter the United States from the Pacific Rim."

"The delegation will also seek support for a multi-year funding program for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which are currently undertaking a five-year plan to upgrade and secure the complex. There are at least 70 locations including terminals, facilities and common areas that have been identified for improvements. The estimated cost for all physical security upgrades including, lights, cameras, fences and sensors is $245 million; approximately $130 million for the fiber, IT and command and control; $20 million for communications; and $84.7 ear-marked for developing technologies."

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Elsewhere since 9-11, Fiber Planners has also seen increased interest in tightening security around river terminals which handle hazardous materials. Homeland security considerations have become a part of our fiber system design processes; we're now running fiber (for security systems) to river terminals and water facilities we would have on the projects we did ten years ago.


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