The Most Expensive Bus Surveillance Ever

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Dec 12, 2013

$21,000 per bus surveillance system. This is, by far, the most expensive implementation we have ever seen. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority is adding cameras to 200 buses for a whopping $6 million, part of a massive MBTA security undertaking fueled by Homeland Security grants. In this note, we review the project and try to figure out why MBTA paid so much.


The Cost

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Why ** ****?

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Comments (4)

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