When most travelers think of transportation safety, airport security immediately comes to mind. However, various types of transportation providers, such as railway and rapid transit stations, face similar challenges when it comes to security and, therefore, must deploy solutions that create safer environments for passengers.
The increased risk of security incidents worldwide has propelled the need for enhanced security protocols amid increased public pressure. The Travel and Security Administration (TSA) reported that travel volume increased to near pre-pandemic levels in 2021, and because of this increase, the need to protect travelers and staff is critical. These numbers also speak to the need for comprehensive protection: TSA officers screened 585.3 million travelers in 2021, averaging about 1.6 million passengers per day.
Video surveillance is a critical tool to help ensure the highest level of security for transit authorities. In many deployments today, containerized VMS is used as the backbone of comprehensive security command systems that support thousands of cameras. Other advanced solutions such as video analytics, access control, and emergency communication tools work with video to facilitate high availability and resiliency to all systems.
While more cameras lead to more data, transit authorities continuously search for ways to use this information for better insight, detection, and awareness. But users need solutions that improve accuracy and performance to make video useful. Emerging technologies like machine learning and video analytics can also vastly improve accuracy to allow stakeholders to make continued operational improvements. At the same time, users must also ensure the highest security of the data collected and work to protect network-enabled solutions from cyber threats.
Aside from making systems safer, transit stations use technology that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies and build more robust business processes (yes, an airport is a business!). Video data can be used to evaluate current processes with ticketing or help retail stores within the facility reduce theft, while mobile video applications can support staff in-the-field.
Ensuring the safety and security of passengers has always been a significant concern for transit systems operators. By utilizing intelligent infrastructure, trusted IT processes, and advanced video surveillance platforms in everything from monitoring passenger safety incidents to reducing queue lengths, operators can create safer, more intelligent transit systems.
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