Video feeds from NYC subway surveillance cameras fail during filming as MTA moves to system hardening – New York Daily News


Faulty computer systems prevented surveillance cameras at two Brooklyn stations from getting footage of the crazed gunman who fired into a subway train on Tuesday, MTA officials said.

A server issue clouded camera feeds at the 36th St. station on the N line, where suspected shooter Frank James ended his shooting, officials said.

The streams were also broadcast at the 25th St. station on the R line, where cops said James fled by train after his attack.

The issues prevented police and MTA officials from monitoring live footage of the situation and prevented the system from recording any video of James as he moved through the stations, officials said.

MTA Chairman Janno Lieber insisted the outage was “not a systemic issue” and said he was looking to roll more eyes in the sky into the transit system.

“We would like to expand and also add additional capability to these cameras so that they can be examined for patterns and all of them can be examined remotely,” Lieber said on NY1.

The MTA’s board last month approved a $50 million contract to install high-tech cameras near turnstiles at 86 stations. And transit officials said last September that they had installed cameras in each of the city’s 472 subway stations, but not all of them were on the platforms.

Although video feeds died at 36th St. and 25th St. stations, security cameras caught James entering the transit system at Kings Highway station on the N line before the attack, police said .

MTA spokesman Tim Minton said the agency sent images and video from numerous other subway cameras that helped cops catch James Wednesday afternoon.

“At any given time, there are cameras, up to 1%, that have issues, including scheduled maintenance,” Minton said.

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“Our objective, and we believe that of the investigators, was to delve into the voluminous documents that the MTA may have provided in an attempt to capture a maniac who attacked New York, the MTA and passengers when he entered the subway tuesday.”

NYPD spokesman John Miller said at a press conference Wednesday that the MTA was responsible for the cameras.

MTA cameras at 25th St. and 36th St. stations are near the turnstiles. Station platforms are not equipped with cameras.

An MTA source said platforms that aren’t curved — like those on the Fourth Ave. in Brooklyn where the attack happened — are more likely to lack security cameras.

The MTA maintains the camera equipment, as well as the video footage recorded on some of them which is stored locally.

MTA sources said the video feeds from the cameras are transmitted over fiber optic cables owned by Verizon, and the data itself is owned and retained by the police.

Six hundred cameras are spread along the Brooklyn subway line where Tuesday’s shooting took place, Lieber said Wednesday night on CNN. The entire subway system has more than 10,000 security cameras spread across its 472 stations, he added.


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