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NYC subway gets $212m high-tech anti-terror scanners

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Lockheed Martin has won a $212m contract to upgrade the electronic security and communications infrastructure of the New York City subway system to help protect it against terrorist attacks.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has chosen Lockheed as the prime contractor for the three-year deal to design and deploy a command and control-based critical infrastructure protection system across the subway and transit system.

Thousands of cameras and sensors will be installed at platforms and subway stations as part of a sophisticated electronic surveillance and threat detection infrastructure, while mobile phone coverage will be extended underground across the public transport network to aid communications in any emergency situation.

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