Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They Do Surveillance Quite Well

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They Do Surveillance Quite Well

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Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union

INDUSTRY FOCUS: DUOS TECHNOLOGIES

They've developed systems to operate drawbridges from miles away, instead of having workers man the structure 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They've created sophisticated video surveillance systems for high-threat installations like railroad tunnels and airport terminals.

And they've set up automation systems to remotely monitor ash recycling plants in Asia from their Southside headquarters.

By capitalizing on its expertise in information technology, digital video and process controls, Duos Technologies believes it can grow revenues to $10 million this year, up from $3.2 million in 2003, when Duos spun-off from an environmental company.

Providing "intelligent" security solutions is the fastest growing past of the firm's business, comprising 50-60 percent of revenues, said Gianni Arcaini, Duos' chairman and CEO. Industrial automation, including the bridge and factory monitoring systems, makes up the bulk of the rest.

The company's first big surveillance project was to develop a monitoring system for CSX's Virginia Avenue tunnel in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks away from the Washington Monument. After Sept. 11, the tunnel was judged to be a great security risk.

Duos was brought in to try a high-technology solution. It responded with a system that includes 12 video cameras and sensors monitoring motion and temperature. Should an intruder approach the center, members of Jacksonville-based CSX's police force would be alerted at its Westside monitoring center.

Skip Elliott, CSX's vice president of public safety and environment, said Duos excels at devising innovative solutions to meet the needs of CSX, the country's third biggest railroad.

"They come back with creative, cost-effective solutions and their work typically is done on time," he said. …

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