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By Alberto Jessurun / August 5, 2020 / Blog

Top 5 Ways Video Surveillance Improves Transportation Security

Surveillance cameras are one of the most common forms of security deployed by homeowners, organizations, and cities. Learn how they can be most effectively deployed in your transit system.

Your organization’s security system must be comprised of several components that work together to provide continuous monitoring and the latest in data analytics. While these formats vary by actual needs, location, and industry, one of the most effective security methods is video surveillance, which has been a major part of security plans for decades.

New technology in video cameras makes this format even more beneficial to the transportation industry today, including smarter cameras that can store more data and record in HD. As the technology continues to advance, cities are investing more into features that will make their security strategies more well-rounded, cost-efficient, and effective at deterring crime.

Here are the top five ways video surveillance can be used to improve security in the transportation industry.

1. Monitoring for violent crime and theft

Transit stations and other related sites have long been hot spots for crime, including violent crimes. When there is a camera system in place, these criminals are less likely to act if they know they’re being watched. So simply having cameras in place helps prevent some of these crimes from occurring. 

Additionally, when violence does occur around bus stops or in train stations, cameras can record the behavior and make sure the culprits will be held accountable and removed from the streets. Cameras also allow these events to be discovered in real-time, so police can respond immediately and prevent more damage from being done.

Theft is another major problem in transportation systems. By installing a system for continuous video monitoring, these crimes are also thwarted or resolved more quickly. Footage can also be referenced later to prove or discredit the stories reported by victims and culprits.

2. AI and business intelligence

Security solutions are always improving with the benefits that artificial intelligence (AI) has brought across industries. These enhancements have made transit systems, and cities in general, “smarter” with more data and analytics, multi-functional cameras, and higher-quality footage. 

Some security cameras can identify objects and movements without human intervention and even count populations entering and exiting the monitored area. These solutions not only create more effective and holistic security, they also provide transportation systems and city officials with data that can be used to better plan for the future.

3. Preventing vandalism

Vandalism may not seem as serious as other crimes that take place within transportation systems, but the effort required to find the criminals and fix the damage to city property is expensive and time-consuming. It also causes significant system delays for city buses and trains.

Video surveillance technology allows for monitoring day and night, when the stations are not busy and when graffiti is most likely to occur. 

4. Monitoring from a central location

Modern surveillance cameras allow workers to monitor footage in real-time from a central location within the city. This gives officials much more flexibility and can help cities cut security costs.

Monitoring from one location can help workers respond to any suspicious activity immediately, so response times are decreased, and security forces can be deployed based on the actual needs of each location.

5. Integration with the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand as more wearables and connected devices are being manufactured and introduced into the market. Transportation systems can utilize these devices within their video surveillance strategy along with wireless sensors and devices that work in conjunction with the camera systems to provide more information about what’s happening at a given location at a given time.

Wired and wireless devices within a transit system help officials and workers communicate with one another when an incident occurs, so response times are faster, and they have greater control over security and monitoring systems. IoT devices can also provide analytics to help create a more efficient system.

Building a more effective transportation security strategy

Effective security strategies for the transportation industry must be able to record criminal activity in real-time and integrate that data with other control systems so they can be monitored from a central location and smart devices, like rotating or movement-detecting cameras, can be controlled remotely. 

Data from the Security Industry Association shows that by 2025, smart city investments, including those where security cameras, sensors, and devices speak to each other in real-time, will reach over $12 billion.

Unisol International, a leading provider of advanced technology and turn-key solutions, provides video surveillance products and deployment services to help the transportation industry deploy systems and strategies for better security.

Get in touch with Unisol today to learn more about our products and services. We are committed to delivering excellent customer service and giving you individualized attention when you become a client.

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