The number of people using public transportation systems around the world is increasing at an incredible rate. According to a report published by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), mass transit carried 53 billion passengers in 2017, an increase of approximately 90 billion passengers since 2012. But it wasn't surprising.
Public transportation is essential for getting us to work, taking our kids to school, and bringing communities together. As a result, governments at every level are dedicating large portions of their budgets to ensuring this critical infrastructure is safe, efficient, and effective.
Ensuring transit safety
Today, public transportation bodies are challenged with deploying greener technology and extending service to emerging neighborhoods. As they meet these challenges, they are ever mindful of providing environments that are both safe and accessible for passengers and personnel.
When it comes to creating safe environments, deploying a flexible physical security system is essential. Transit organizations must be able to extend security operations as they add new routes and connect with new technology as it becomes available.
How one city is making it work
The Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) in Edmonton, Alberta, is a great example of how a public transportation organization can continue to meet the needs of its growing community. ETS serves a population of almost one million people living in an urban area that covers more than 220 square miles. They provide 80 million rides each year on their buses, paratransit, and Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, which includes 18 stations.
In 2008, ETS switched from an analog to an IP-based security system. This has allowed them to maintain a centralized video management system even as new routes and vehicles are added. It has also enabled them to connect increasingly sophisticated edge devices, including AXIS cameras and EIZO IP decoding monitors.