Public Transportation Security Solutions Meet the Needs of a Growing Market

The transportation market is predicted to significantly increase spending on video surveillance equipment over the next few years. From 2013-2017, it is anticipated that spending on surveillance equipment worldwide will grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 20 percent. As the demand grows, technology providers are continuing to expand capabilities to provide their customers with a high degree of functionality. All over the world public transit agencies are focusing more on transportation security than ever before to fight crime and vandalism, and keep passengers and employees safe.

More than ever, agencies need to do more with less, which is why we are seeing IP security technology advancements on the rise. Cost-effective cameras are enabling interconnected IP-based solutions to provide everything from improved image quality to advanced video analytics capabilities. Mass transit agencies need to provide surveillance in areas with large moving crowds and cameras must be equipped with powerful zoom capabilities to capture tiny details and clear images in order to identify individuals of interest or potential suspects.

[pullquote] Mass transit agencies need to provide surveillance in areas with large moving crowds and cameras must be equipped with powerful zoom capabilities to capture tiny details and clear images in order to identify individuals of interest or potential suspects.[/pullquote]IP cameras also aid in streamlining operations and management. An important feature agencies need to look for is easy integration and expansion. By investing in a system that integrates easily with new and existing video surveillance cameras and equipment, including legacy analog technology and hybrid environments, agencies are able to save a significant amount of time and cost.

What makes these cameras especially vital in a mass transit setting is their remote monitoring and remote control functionality. With millions of daily riders, it is impossible for security professionals to be everywhere at all times. Remote monitoring solutions are incredibly valuable because they allow surveillance feeds to be broadcast on mobile devices, so security personnel can leave the control room and access feeds from any location with the touch of a button.

As the demand for IP systems grows, so does the technology behind it. Advancements in technology are leading to heightened intelligence from video analytics like face search and face match capabilities. Agencies are able to use this software to comb through surveillance data to quickly identify a singular reference face. This can potentially aid in capturing a suspect or even identifying a missing child more quickly than the process of pouring through video footage manually.

Mass transit agencies are selecting video surveillance solutions based on capabilities that are reliable and easily expandable in order to ensure the highest possible return on investment. They also require cameras with the ability withstand the rugged environment on buses and trains. Dirt, grime and constant vibration can impact a camera’s image quality and longevity. By choosing durable technology, agencies can ensure their investments pay off in the long run.

At Panasonic we work to provide customers with technology pieces that are fully expandable, rugged and reliable, and provide the image quality and clarity an agency needs to ensure its investment is worthwhile. As this market continues to grow, it is important for agencies to be mindful of the technology they select to ensure they have a long-term video surveillance system that will provide them with the quality results they need.

Read more about developing an end-to-end transportation security solution for now and the future in this article from Panasonic’s Dave Poulin in Security Products Magazine.

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