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World-Class Security System to Help Revive Port Richmond Area Manufacturing Industry.

Neighborhood Industrial Organizations, MAP & PRIDE, Install State-of-the-Art Surveillance to Heighten Security, Promote Safer Workforce Environment

PHILADLEPHIA -- The Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia (MAP), and PRIDE (Port Richmond Industrial Development Enterprise) have installed a world-class video monitoring system in Port Richmond in a move to create a safer environment and to help revive Philadelphia's once-thriving manufacturing industry. The system offers the latest technology in "smart cameras," and includes a wide range of scan, tilt, zoom, and automated threat detection features to record criminal behavior for use in identifying and arresting perpetrators.

According to MAP President, Stephen F. Jurash, "This advanced system will create a significant crime deterrent in the Port Richmond area. Criminals need to know they are now being watched and targeted. These records will be used to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent.

"Over the past few decades," he added, "increased crime has contributed significantly to the loss of manufacturing jobs, from about 250,000 to about 60,000 today. Aside from the obvious economic impact, this has caused difficulties for the community. When a company closed or moved, sometimes hundreds found themselves unemployed and unable to replace their relatively high paying manufacturing jobs. By taking control of this issue, we anticipate that the safety enhancements and improved community spirit will help to attract and retain workforce levels that had been the hallmark of the area."

PRIDE is an organization of industrial landowners and a member of the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia. These owners work together to improve the quality of the environment within PRIDE, which manages an area located between Aramingo and Frankford Avenues and between Allegheny and Castor Avenues.

The Technology:

The Port Richmond surveillance system:

* Is strategically placed, dynamic and remotely operated

* Has on-camera motion detection capabilities

* Can crop out unwanted portions of a scene to protect privacy

* Allows for variable resolution recording and transmission

* Offers high resolution recording that provides exceptional detail for forensic analysis

* Features two-way audio

* Can be viewed by police while approaching a suspected crime scene

About the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia:

The Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia is a trade organization created to give voice to the owners and employees of this important sector of Philadelphia's economy.

For more information on the Urban Industry Initiative, please call (215) 683-2144 or visit www.uiiphilly.org.
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