U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has asked for federal funds to pay for security technology upgrades at Newark Liberty International Airport. On Menendez’s wish list: Installation of a new video surveillance system that is fully and continuously functional and is not prone to malfunctions; networking the video surveillance so that it can be monitored from the Port Authority Police Department’s security center; additional cameras to ensure that the entirety of the airport is under continuous video surveillance; motion sensor technology at secure area exit points to trigger an alarm when they areas are breached.
“I urge the administration to help Newark Liberty undertake a crucial and overdue security technology upgrade,” Menendez wrote in a letter to President Obama. “It is 2010, and there is no reason that one of our nation’s busiest international airports should rely on security technology that belongs in the last century. A series of simple but vital technology enhancements would have helped to prevent the breach, the delayed security response and the hours that it took for the airport to recover. They will help make Americans safer and will be relatively cost-effective – particularly when you consider how devastating a terrorist attack would be.”