SOURCE: Petards

March 29, 2007 09:30 ET

Petards Inc. Inks First U.S. Transportation System Surveillance Contract

Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Transit Deploys UVMS® Video Surveillance Solution Throughout Light Rail System

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2007 -- Petards Inc. (, the AIM-listed developer of advanced surveillance systems, today announced that the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Transit agency has deployed Petard's video surveillance solution throughout its light rail system. This agreement marks the first transportation system installation for Petards Inc. in the United States.

Metro Transit is using Petards Universal Video Management System (UVMS®), an industry-leading technology agnostic video-management platform, in conjunction with video analysis and automated monitoring technology from IntelliVision. Petards' UVMS features advanced recording, camera mapping and image replay functions and enables the use of both analog and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras on the same system. It includes a user-friendly graphical user interface in the UVMS access station and a multi-layer security system that ensures users will be able to navigate the system with ease.

"Petards' video-management platform and IntelliVision's analysis tools offer us a powerful, intuitive tool that will allow us to quickly identify dangerous situations and unusual behaviors," said Fritz Coulter, senior asset protection specialist for Metro Transit Police. "We are confident that this integrated surveillance solution will help us maintain a safe environment throughout our light rail system."

Petards is partnering with Floyd Total Security, a security systems integrator based in Bloomington, Minn., on the Metro Transit deployment. A total of 126 cameras will be installed throughout the light rail system's 17 stations and along 12 miles of tracks.

"Having worked with Petards on other projects, we knew they had a superior video surveillance solution that was ideal for use in transportation systems," said Bill Wood, technical sales director at Floyd Total Security. "We are pleased to be collaborating with Petards again. The support they offer to systems integrators, like our company, is second to none."

Petards has a long history of providing customized monitoring, detection and enforcement solutions for transportation systems. The company is the market leader for security and surveillance systems in Europe, providing solutions to major transportation systems, including the Docklands Railway, the Lisbon Underground, Portuguese Rail and ScotRail.

"Petards is known worldwide for its technical excellence in critical security environments, offering our customers flexible, easy-to-use solutions tailored to their specific needs," said Frank Baitman, president of Petards Inc. "We are pleased to showcase our expertise in the transportation market for the first time in the United States with the Minneapolis Metro Transit installation."

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Petards Inc. is one of the most trusted and respected security partners in the world, with installations in 40 countries. We design, manufacture, supply and support digital surveillance and security systems for environments where there is no room for error. Clients select Petards for its unique combination of flexible, user-friendly technology and rock-solid experience in critical security environments. Our solutions include integrated control systems; smart CCTV for automatic threat identification including automatic number plate recognition; in-car video evidence and enforcement systems; and mobile, wireless surveillance solutions. For more information, please go to

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