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January 26, 2007

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Chicago's Metra Selects Apollo Video Technology's RoadRunner System for Train Surveillance


BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Apollo Video Technology (www.avt-usa.com) of Bellevue, Wash. and Railhead Vision Systems of Chicago have been selected by the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation (Metra) of Chicago to supply 502 video surveillance systems for its commuter trains.

The $3.2 million contract will provide for the installation of Apollo’s RoadRunner video surveillance systems aboard 502 Metra trains.

The digital color, audio-visual systems will enable Metra to record activities in front and rear of its commuter trains, including the operation of gates and lights at crossings, along the 495-mile, 243-station rail system. Metra, a division of the Regional Transportation Authority, provides over 80 million rides annually throughout six Chicago-area counties.

Apollo Video’s RoadRunner system is installed in over 100 agencies in the United States including Los Angeles County Metro Transportation Authority, City of Lincoln Nebraska, Tulsa School District and Cocoa Beach, Florida Police Department.

“Metra’s goals were very clear – they needed the best possible video quality in a highly reliable system,” said Rodell Notbohm, General Manager of Apollo Video Technology. “Metra requires video performance that supports exact determination of the train signal colors, so we developed a camera system with three times better color reproduction and twice the resolution of standard mobile video systems,” Notbohm added. “Metra’s system will, without question have the best video quality of any mobile video system that has preceded it.”

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