Improving security on urban transport systems

24 June 2005  •  Author(s): James Abbott, Technical Editor

Video cameras, platform access gates, plastic film on glass to prevent etching – these are just some of the ideas being used by public transport authorities to frustrate criminals and vandals.

Security is a big issue for public transport authorities. Not only are they concerned about keeping their own property safe from criminals, they also wish to keep a safe system to reassure passengers. “Statistics show that 73% of men and 89% of women are worried, or at least feel uncomfortable, about having to travel by bus or train late at night” says Verint RP, a US/German firm which manufactures video processing technology and fleet video management software. “The word ‘having’ distinctly stresses the lack of confidence in public transport for bringing passengers to their destinations safely and enjoyably.”

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