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Partner perspective: Bosch

A Security Technology in Transit


There are as many requirements for security today as there are transit authorities. The threats facing methods of transportation are high. The distances to be secured are massive. Funding for security budgets is tight. Whether air, rail, or bus travel, all must be secured and constantly monitored for the sake of public safety.

Safeguarding Staff and Travelers

Managing the challenges of protecting passengers and employees and preventing sabotage can be a daunting task, since many different areas need to be monitored: perimeters, customer parking structures, terminals, and the airplanes, rail cars or vehicles when parked at the facility.

Video surveillance technology can assist. High-resolution surveillance cameras can continuously monitor passport control checkpoints, entrances and exits, and people moving through and spending time in different areas of a terminal. At perimeters, pan-tilt-zoom cameras can capture a person approaching or attempting to climb a fence at any time of the day or night. Thermal cameras can identify movement in all weather conditions, ensuring ongoing visibility at high-risk areas or in extreme climates.

To be effective, IP video cameras must overcome challenging lighting conditions with high contrast scenes, low light levels, and extreme conditions. Depending on the application, cameras must also capture fast-moving objects, locate, track and zoom-in on details and have the necessary resolution to identify people.

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Assistive Technology

Skyrocketing amounts of data need to be viewed when looking for evidence or monitoring live video in large transit applications. Yet, research has shown that after just 12 minutes of continuous video monitoring, the average operator will miss up to 45% of screen activity. And, after 22 minutes, up to 95% is overlooked. So additional video analysis support to minimize human error is vital.

Video analytics technology enables early detection of suspicious behavior and identification of perimeter crossings, a person entering through an exit-only area, abandoned luggage, and much more. It adds metadata to add sense and structure to video footage at the point of capture. This enables users to stream only what's relevant, retrieve evidence quickly and simply through fast forensic searches, and trigger alarms when needed. It eliminates the need to process hours of video data, making it easier to manage than ever before.

Centralized Control and Management

Centralized management of security devices is essential to ensuring efficient operation by security staff. Remote access to video from authorized devices also provides a mobile console from which security teams can view images as they travel throughout the terminal or grounds, increasing operational effectiveness.

Maximum system resiliency is also essential to ensure continuous live and playback video is available no matter what type of network interruption or failure occurs. This is an important aspect of system design for critical surveillance operations, like those in the transit industry.

There are many ways to improve the safety and security of transit facilities and grounds. Together, Bosch and Genetec provide users with unique features that help to maximize security for the most demanding applications like these. Click here to learn more about the integration. 

For more information on surveillance for mass transit, download our brochure.