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The Chicago red light camera at the start of Lake Shore Drive, at Hollywood Avenue and Sheridan Road. (Credit: CBS)

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(STMW) -- The Chicago Department of Transportation has tapped Xerox Corp. as the new supplier and manager of the city’s red-light-enforcement cameras.

Xerox will replace the previous vendor, Redflex Traffic Solutions. The change is expected to save the city $50 million, according to a statement from CDOT.

The city had been paying Redflex “up to $4,300 per month per camera,” but will pay Xerox the significantly lower sum of $1,819 per month per camera, according to the statement. The five-year deal is expected to save $10 million each year, according to the statement.

Redflex was initially awarded the $12.4 million red-light camera contract in February 2008. The contract ran through July 31, 2013 and the city agreed to a six-month extension — valued at $6.1 million — shortly before the contract expired, according to city records.

There are currently 348 red-light cameras at 172 intersections throughout the city.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)