What video analysis and surveys in public transportation tell us about the current state and future of security surveillance.

 
Axis Survey Show Revelations About the State of the Industry

Axis Survey Show Revelations About the State of the Industry

What video analysis and surveys in public transportation tell us about the current state and future of security surveillance.

Organizations working in the public transportation sector want more real-time surveillance and more video analysis functions to increase the safety of drivers and passengers. This is the finding of a global survey conducted by Axis Communications together with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

The survey was conducted among public transportation organizations around the world. It shows that most of the companies are interested in using surveillance equipment in real time and advanced video analysis to improve safety for passengers, drivers and equipment on buses, trains, commuter trains, trams, ferries, and subways.

Almost all of the companies surveyed (97 percent) already have security cameras installed, which shows that they realize the importance of video surveillance. Around two-thirds of the companies surveyed currently have network cameras as part of their surveillance system. Over half have a hybrid system with both analog cameras and network cameras. A clear majority say they will consider having network cameras in the future. More than three-quarters of those who responded to the survey stated that a video surveillance system

increases both the actual and the perceived safety of passengers and those working in public transportation, and that this is the biggest gain from the video surveillance system.

According to the respondents, video surveillance systems not only help to reduce crime, but also help to reduce the number of accidents and injuries as well as the number of people who try to ride without paying. 86 percent of the respondents said that the most valuable use for video surveillance is being able to provide evidence in cases of incidents. Real-time detection of incidents also ended up high on the list in terms of the benefit provided by this type of security system (72 percent).

“Enabling people around the world to safely and securely get to work or school each day is a top priority for those responsible for public transportation. Video surveillance is one of the most important tools to assist personnel and help public transportation companies meet this goal,” says Alain Flausch, Secretary General of UITP.

80 percent of those working in public transportation are positive or neutral to video surveillance, and 75 percent of passengers are positive or neutral. No one was negative to video surveillance systems. The majority of the surveyed participants are aware of video detection analysis for unauthorized access, the bypassing of barriers, unauthorized presence on the tracks, as well as smoke and fire. Between 12 and 25 percent of the respondents also make use of this analysis. About half of the respondents are interested

in using these types of video solutions as well as solutions such as the detection of graffiti painting, left luggage and facial recognition in the future.

According to the respondents, the biggest challenges in the existing systems are the difficulty in monitoring the large number of cameras in public transportation, followed by poor image quality, technical problems, and resource intensity. The aim of the survey by Axis and UITP was to provide a picture of video surveillance in public transportation, particularly in terms of safety.

Read more about the survey at www.axis.com/publictransport

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Aug 31st 2021 Matt B

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