Information Management Bolsters Transit Safety & Security

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Udi Segall

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Public safety agency tie in

Transit operators can also integrate video analytics through PSIM to trigger other types of alerts and present response instructions. For example, video analytics signifying overcrowding on a subway platform could alert an operator to take specific actions, as could a suspicious object, or a person on a track or in a tunnel.

Transit operations are also looking at PSIM as a way to tie in with public safety agencies (police, fire, EMS).

“If there was a major incident or threat, every involved agency, everyone at every level, would be able to share a common operating picture, to see what’s going on and work off the same response plan, so they could collaborate more effectively,” says LaBarbera.

Another benefit PSIM brings to transit is in the area of reporting and analysis. The PSIM solution captures every incident in minute detail, from the initial alert through each subsequent action, with links to video and other captured multimedia. This allows transit agencies to thoroughly track, review and document incidents for investigations, liability or compliance. Reports can also be used to identify safety, security and operational issues, which can be addressed through training or other modifications.

PSIM also has value for transit beyond safety and security. For example, PSIM can help transit agencies coordinate complex processes and resources (related to operational scenarios or maintenance issues), which contributes to the smooth operation of the transit system.

“Transit agencies primarily see PSIM to as a way to tie their various legacy sub-systems into a common operating picture, such as access control, video management, intercom, fire and so on,” explains LaBarbera. “That’s the number one driver. But in addition, they realize that PSIM can tie into building controls, operations and other aspects, and that helps them build an even stronger business case and ROI.”

For example, if an escalator is out, or an elevator’s not working, the PSIM system could generate an automatic alert, creating a work order and promptly dispatching maintenance personnel to the precise location.
These are just some of the many ways that transit operators can take advantage of PSIM to limit exposure to risk and provide their ridership with a safe, secure, on-time traveling experience.

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