Smiths Detection wins WMATA anti-terrorism contract

Smiths Detection has been awarded a five year contract to upgrade and maintain the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's FirstView anti-terrorism detection system.

In addition to work with the anti-terrorism detection system, the contract also requires Smiths Detection to upgrade and maintain the WMATA's PROTECT system. PROTECT and FirstView allow transit authorities to monitor multiple chemical warfare sensors and to distribute command and control responsibilities among agencies. The programs also integrate the hundreds of cameras employed by WMATA into a manageable system.

As part of the new contract, Smiths Detection will expand WMATA's chemical detection libraries and radiological detection capabilities.

“We are pleased with the success of PROTECT and FirstView which are designed to support WMATA’s continued efforts to enhance public safety," Jamie Edgar, vice president of Smiths Detection, said. "These vital tools represent the premiere detection system for mass transit security giving subway operators, first responders and law enforcement personnel the capabilities they need to protect and save lives.”

PROTECT, also known as Program for Response Options and Technology Enhancements for Chemical/Biological Terrorism, is meant to counter terrorist attacks by providing early warning chemical detection and response protocols to safeguard public locations. PROTECT provides accurate information and real time modeling of hazard zones to first responders, which significantly reduces emergency response times.

FirstView is the WMATA's command and control sensor and video integration management system, which controls and coordinates thousands of separate cameras and detection devices.