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June 10, 2008

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Edmonton Chooses Apollo Video Technology for Canada Transit-Secure Program


WOODINVILLE, Wash.—Apollo Video Technology (www.avt-usa.com) of Woodinville, Wash., has been selected by the Edmonton Transit System in Alberta, Canada to manufacture a video surveillance system for use aboard its bus fleet.  The surveillance system, funded by Canada’s Transit-Secure program, is expected to enhance rider safety in Canada’s fifth most populous city. 

The $2.5 million, five-year contract awarded through Anixter International, Inc. (NYSE: AXE) and Stanley Security Solutions, Inc., a business unit of The Stanley Works (NYSE: SWK) provides for the manufacture and installation of the five-camera Apollo Video RoadRunner digital surveillance systems on board an initial 231 Edmonton Transit buses.  

Apollo Video Technology will manufacture the system and train Edmonton Transit employees in its use, while Stanley Security Solutions is the installing vendor.   Installation of the first phase of the surveillance devices begins this month and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The surveillance system, which will not be visible to passengers, will help provide for the safety and security of riders and Edmonton transit employees by capturing video and audio recording of on-board incidents throughout the system’s 150 routes serving some 700 square kilometers.  

“Edmonton Transit has taken steps to become a leader among Canadian urban transit agencies in providing on-board video surveillance through Canada’s Transit-Secure program,” said Rodell Notbohm, General Manager of Apollo Video Technology.  “The strategic relationship that Apollo Video Technology maintains with Anixter International and Stanley Security helped us provide a superior solution for Edmonton Transit with an exceptional return on investment.”  

In 2006, Edmonton Transit was one of two Alberta transit agencies to receive an initial $3 million in funding for urban transit security projects in Alberta as part of the first round of funding from the Government of Canada’s $80 million Transit-Secure program.  The program is designed to assist passenger rail and urban transit operators to further enhance their security measures to address potential threats of terrorism.

By 2013, Edmonton Transit plans to have 535 buses of its 847-bus diesel and trolley fleet equipped with the Apollo Video RoadRunner system.   Edmonton Transit operates the fifth largest transportation fleet in Canada according to a 2007 survey of U.S. and Canadian transit agencies by Metro Magazine.  Serving Alberta’s second largest city of over 700,000, Edmonton Transit has an annual ridership of 57.4 million passengers.  The agency has more than 150 routes, including a Light Rail Transit system and a Disabled Adult Transit service. 

In 2007, Apollo Video Technology was selected to provide digital video and audio surveillance systems by a number of prominent public agencies throughout North America including Chicago Metra, King County METRO, Kansas City Area Transit Authority, Tulsa Transit, Williamsburg Area Transport and Tacoma Public Schools. 

Over 150 public agencies, including Los Angeles County Metro Transportation Authority, City of Lincoln Nebraska, the Cocoa Beach, Florida Police Department and Tacoma Public Schools in Washington State have selected Apollo Video to provide and install video and audio surveillance systems. 

About Apollo Video Technology
Apollo Video Technology (www.avt-usa.com) is a leading manufacturer of on-board and in-car digital surveillance systems for pupil and public transit, law enforcement, military, freight transport, fire and EMS applications. With government and private-sector installations throughout North American and worldwide, Apollo Video’s Mil-Spec and SAE rated RoadRunner line of turnkey video and audio systems simplifies real-time video capture and reduces overall costs with exceptional quality, durability and easy offloading of video.