Rail Industry Focus

08.09.17

What role does smart security have in safer rail?

Carl Pocknell, head of engineering at Panasonic System Solutions Europe, discusses the role of video analytics in keeping transport hubs safe and operating efficiently.

Despite there being over five million CCTV cameras in the UK, most surveillance footage is still manually managed and controlled. On the railways, incidents from crowd control to petty crime and suicide remain a big problem to passenger safety and service reliability.

To begin to address this, it is vital that the technology becomes smarter, more adaptive and responsive to changes in the environment. Video analytics within CCTV creates a more manageable security system.

Lost luggage and motion detection

Analytics software can detect luggage left in public areas automatically and flag it up to an operator, automatically switching the camera feed to the nearest camera. The software can also detect vulnerable people and send an alert if they get too close to the platform edge.

Trespass warning

Smart security systems divide station platforms into zones. Anyone entering a specific area triggers a Pan Tilt and Zoom camera which focuses on them and tracks subsequent movements.

It’s possible to combine this with an audible warning via a Public Address system that acts as both a safety precaution and deterrent to suspected trespassers.

Facial recognition

Panasonic’s facial recognition software, WV-ASF900, automatically recognises individuals from a black list and creates event alerts, giving the operator the ability to immediately play back the footage at the location where the incident was detected. The software also makes searching through hours of footage easier by narrowing it down to a specific face and timeline.

Congestion detection

People counting systems can distinguish between moving and non-moving congestion and flag up any issues to staff, helping them with deployment or opening extra walkways or barriers. For rail, it is crucial for underground and subway stations helping keep crowds away from platform edges.

Camera Tracking

Auto Tracking software enables the tracking of a moving object until it passes from a camera’s view. Once out of sight, another camera takes over the tracking using Panasonic’s proprietary inter-camera protocol. This works alongside scene change detection, so that if a camera is moved or its lens is covered, the system flags it up as a threat. 

Such intelligent functionality creates automated alerts, meaning operators save a lot of time by being able to concentrate on genuine threats, rather than watching multiple screens for hours at a time, where no threat may occur or be picked up.

Panasonic System Solutions Europe develops bespoke technology solutions for the rail industry.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

W: business.panasonic.co.uk/solutions   

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

View all News

rail industry focus

View all News

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Year with brand-new infrastructrure to... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

interviews

HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the ... more >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >