Green Light for Cameras

Electronic Data Systems Corp. has landed another job tracking down red-light runners in Maryland. It announced last week that it will provide Baltimore County with a 40-camera system to monitor intersections that law enforcement officials have deemed problems.

In the state, EDS already has deals with Howard and Montgomery counties, as well as the cities of Bel Air, Laurel and Riverdale Park.

Engineering reviews of the selected sites have begun. Plans call for the Baltimore County cameras to be in use by mid-October.

EDS did not disclose the value of the Baltimore County deal, but it points out that the cameras are paid for by fines and fees assessed against the people the cameras catch.

The cameras have been controversial. Some motorists welcome them as increasing safety, but privacy advocates feel they are invasive.

Contractors' Net Gain

Look for continued rapid growth in Washington agencies' appetite for Internet access, says Federal Sources, a McLean firm that tracks federal contracting.

The firm predicts that the federal market for capacity to support advanced Internet services will grow more than 3.8 times from 1998 to 2003, at a compound annual rate of 26 percent. That will be accompanied by rising demand for the advanced hardware that supports such services.

Much of the federal demand will come from the Next Generation Internet initiative, a program to develop a network that overcomes the constraints of the commercial Internet.