The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
is installing a wireless telephone and Internet-based system to
alert agencies during critical or cautionary situations and to
manage border traffic efficiently.
E-mail, wireless devices
and cell phone text messaging will beam the alerts to law enforcement,
public safety, border crossings, traffic control and governmental
agencies, according to Neal Belitsky, vice president for operations,
Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp.
is vital to the operation of a safe and efficient border crossing,
and this system will alert key parties instantly in their cars,
in the field, at their desks, anywhere they are," said Belitsky.
"We are dedicated to being proactive and prepared in order
to make our border crossing as safe as possible."
Only authorized individuals
can log in and send secure messages to individuals or previously
identified groups. The system will be operational by fall 2002
and will be expanded to provide instant traveler information to
enrolled commercial and passenger customers.
The mile-long tunnel, with
traffic volumes in excess of 8.5 million vehicles per year, is
owned jointly by the cities of Detroit and Windsor, and operated
by Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp.