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New cameras increase safety along Marathon route

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Crews are busy putting up surveillance cameras along Boylston Street. Crews are busy putting up surveillance cameras along Boylston Street.

Police from Boston and all around the state are going to be getting a closer look at what's going on during the Boston Marathon.

All agencies want to be on the same page so they've created a way to connect and 7News is the only station reporting how they are doing it.

The FBI identified the Boston Marathon bombing suspects with the help of surveillance video, but it took days for investigators to piece it all together.  

A new system is being unveiled that links all public cameras along the marathon route.

Crews are busy putting up surveillance cameras along Boylston Street.

“We're going to have video assets all the way to Hopkinton,” MBTA Senior Director of Security Randy Clarke said.

This year’s race will he held under the watchful eye of hundreds of cameras including some that will be put in place just for the event.

“There will be temporary cameras up just for the marathon. There’s going to be some signboards up along the route that have a message on them for see something say something. In addition there will be some portable cameras on those signboards as well,” Transit Police Chief Pail MacMillan said.

Officials say Massachusetts will be the first state in the country integrating public cameras for a major event. Video from all state, city and local cameras along the 26.2 miles will be available in real time and recorded.  

“All eight command centers will have access to video at real time so whether you’re in Framingham at the bunker or Boston Police Headquarters or here at the MBTA EOC, everyone can be watching the same thing in event something happens,” Clarke said

Last year surveillance video played a critical role in identifying the suspected marathon bombers, but former head of the FBI’s Boston office Rick DesLauriers said it was painstaking work.

Now having all of the public cameras on one system makes finding anything or anyone suspicious much easier.

“I think it's an extremely important and tremendous step forward in allowing us to analyze video very quickly, very rapidly and cohesively,” DesLauriers said.

The images are so clear you can even read a parking sign, and the cameras won't just be focused on the race route, they will scan the side of the route and the crowds.

Officials say this was a long project that got fast tracked after last year's marathon.

The one thing the system does not include is video cameras owned by private businesses.

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