The New York Police Department can now view live footage from 507 security cameras in three of the city’s busiest subway stations, adding to its already extensive surveillance network.
The cameras at Penn Station, Grand Central Station and Times Square were integrated Monday into the department’s network of some 1,100 public and private cameras, along with devices that detect radiation and others that identify license plates. The integrated system, known as the Ring of Steel, currently covers much of lower Manhattan. But the city has been working to expand the ring to include Midtown.
A total of 3,700 security cameras now operate in the subway. Some, like the ones introduced Monday and those that monitor the East River tunnels, produce live footage for police to monitor. Others, like the ones pointed at many turnstiles, simply record footage so police can review it later in the event of a crime.