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Newark Airport’s New High-Tech Lights Are Also There to Watch Travelers

Excerpt from New York Times

Feb 18, 2014 3:31 pm

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If the airport could use the cameras to pinpoint dirty seats, poor customer service, and other typical experiences at Newark I’m sure passengers wouldn’t mind.

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A passenger watches the Newark Liberty International Airport from the Airtrain station in New Jersey. Eduardo Munoz / Reuters


Visitors to Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport may notice the bright, clean lighting that now blankets the cavernous interior, courtesy of 171 recently installed LED fixtures.

But they probably will not realize that the light fixtures are the backbone of a system that is watching them.

Using an array of sensors and eight video cameras around the terminal, the light fixtures are part of a new wireless network that collects and feeds data into software that can spot long lines, recognize license plates and even identify suspicious activity, sending alerts to the appropriate staff.

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