Video Surveillance Business Sees Promise on the Railways


A new report by IMS Research shows potential for security equipment manufacturers in the railway industry.

Budget and technology understanding must be in place for further rollout of video surveillance technology in the U.S. rail industry, according to the report, entitled Security in Airports and Railways – A Survey of Transport Operators in the USA. Tight budgets have increased rail operators’ expectations of equipment vendors who must now show their solutions will work effectively in the rail environment.

“With regards to video surveillance, train operators no longer want to see banks of cameras and monitors that people have to watch,” IMS Research Director Paul Everett tells SECURITY SALES & “INTEGRATION. “They want to be able to scan through and use the video surveillance to prevent an event occurring rather than act after the event. Being proactive rather than reactive is where rail security managers want to be.”

Rail security managers are looking to see how security equipment can be adapted to work specifically for them. “Successful vendors will need to gain as much credibility for their solutions in the rail environment as possible,” Everett says.

The report provides insight into the types of security systems being used; an assessment of the specific technical requirements of operators; and the impact of new techniques, such as video content analysis and IP technology. It offers key recommendations and concludes what the future holds for the industry.

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