Between the 2001 September 11 attacks and even more so the 2004 Madrid train bombings, mass transit has been considered a major target for terrorist attacks. All over the world, there have been large pushes in enforcing new kinds of rules and regulations in an attempt to curb the potential for terror attacks. There’s also been pushes in terrorist screening measures, whether through the use of more human personnel or terrorist screening technology. Let’s take a look at some of the measures that have been put in place to make mass transit safer for everyone involved.
Increased Number of Security Forces
The first and perhaps most obvious method in reducing potential terror attacks is to have more security forces—whether that is security guards or something like air marshals for flights. These personnel would then be able to screen passengers as well as their bags, though this does come at a cost. There are financial ramifications, as hiring on more people always comes with a large price tag, but it also could lead to reduced perceptions of the convenience of transportation, allowing for vulnerabilities at those security checkpoints, and creating a general sense of fear.
Video Surveillance and Analytics
Video-based security systems are becoming more and more intelligent. These days, these systems are capable of features like facial recognition to determine if a person is authorized to be in a particular area. This could be a fantastic feature for prohibiting free movement in spaces where only transit employees are intended to be—one could imagine, for example, setting up a driver camera in an airport’s employee parking lot to aid in preventing terrorists from gaining access.
Systems Designed Specifically for Mass Transit
As we make a move into more and more security measures being put in place to address the concern for terrorist screening in mass transit, we’ll notice more and more systems designed with mass transit in mind. Take our Automatic Train Undercarriage Inspection System for example. While capable of scanning either cargo trains or passenger trains, the system is intended to provide high-resolution scans of each car so you can be sure that there aren’t any foreign objects or potentially dangerous modifications made to the cars.
Making Mass Transit Safer With Gatekeeper
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