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Top 3 Challenges Facing the Transportation Market


The nation’s airports, rail and bus systems, and subways play a large role in our everyday lives. Millions of people travel throughout the country using these critical assets, which is why they have become attractive targets for crime, vandalism and terrorism.

In addition, other emergencies such as severe weather can easily impact the transportation market, affecting thousands or even millions of individuals.

As a result of the high-profile nature of transportation providers, each organization must carefully consider the safety and security of its passengers, employees, facilities and physical assts. And that is no easy task—especially with the following challenges:

1. A variety of threats.

Of course, a transportation provider’s main challenge lies in coping with, detecting and preventing the wide variety of threats that are regularly presented. From weather-related emergencies, petty theft and vandalism, to hostage situations, terrorism and hijacking—the transportation market sees it all.

Unfortunately, the number and complexity of these threats only increases, and security officials must find new and innovative ways to cope. Constantly adding new staff or investing in the latest security gadget will only waste time and money in the long run.

2. Outdated sub-systems.

To deal with the wide variety of threats, many transportation organizations have adopted stand-alone security systems, such as video surveillance and access control, that don’t necessarily communicate with each other or with security operators in a seamless way. As systems and sensors are added over time, operators can easily become overwhelmed by a deluge of information—none of it presented in a cohesive, collated way.

As a result, response can be slowed as operators manually hunt through various technology platforms for the information they need.

3. Reactive, rather than proactive, response.

Without a cohesive command-and-control platform, transportation officials are forced to respond to incidents after the fact—rather than reaching a level of situation awareness that helps enable proactive response.

Overcoming the Obstacles

To best deal with these challenges, a growing number of organizations are implementing advanced security technology that helps operators make sense of the flood of incoming data, effectively assess their security landscape, quickly respond to and investigate emergency situations, and even potentially prevent many incidents. These technologies include:

Situation Management. Each transportation campus or network has potentially hundreds or thousands of strategic and mobile sensors, which help enable real-time visibility to events and alerts. This information needs to be coordinated across extensive response teams using a situation management system.

Video Management. Video surveillance is a valuable element of visibility in any transportation environment. All facilities, transit vehicles and even employees can be video-enabled, gleaning high-definition video from hundreds of different camera providers. Getting the right video to the right monitor or device is critical in providing effective support.

Video Analytics. Once transportation entities identify areas of interest, video analytics can provide constant visual verification that highlight detrimental behaviors immediately and allow authorities to be alerted. Video analytics is valuable both in real time and after the fact; operators can easily search for times when certain behaviors or events have occurred, providing strong evidence of any incident.

Armed with these three leading technology platforms, transportation providers can better achieve a proactive response to security challenges, helping to ensure that every passenger, staff member and visitor remains safe and sound.




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