Security cameras put up at Navy Pier

June 10, 2009 (CHICAGO) City officials say they have completed the first phase of a project to extend coverage of security cameras along the lakefront and waterways.

It is expected to increase video security capability and serve as an important tool for first responders.

There are also emergency call buttons around the pier.

When activated, audio and video will be streamed to the pier's new command center.

The system is also accessible at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Chicago Police Department Marine Unit and the 18th district police headquarters.

"Navy pier is one of the busiest neighborhoods we have in Chicago. It attracts more than nine million visitors annually. It is critical it is equipped with most advanced technology possible to respond to any type of incident we may have here," said Raymond Orozco of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Money for the project came from a federal grant.

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