Midland Mainline rolls out next generation CCTV

Midland Mainline has become the first train company to trial a next generation CCTV system from Atos Origin.

Midland Mainline has become the first train company to trial a next generation CCTV system from Atos Origin.

The system is designed to deliver improved safety and security to rail passengers and staff at Sheffield station in the first instance.

The system has been designed by Atos Origin in collaboration with a consortium of partners, including Verint, ADT, EMC, HP, 802 Global, Global Crossing and Object Video, and will be trialled until this November.

The system integrates on-station and remote alerts, remote management and secure information storage.

The technology incorporates software that continuously searches for specific incidents and automatically alerts station staff to events, allowing them to respond to incidents more quickly and eliminating the need for a round-the-clock monitoring centre.

Garry Raven, managing director at Midland Mainline, said, "Intelligent CCTV technology is so sophisticated it can detect whether a passenger is standing too close to the platform edge, if someone has had a fall, if any luggage has been abandoned or even if a wall has been defaced by graffiti or fly-posting."

The first phase of the trial will focus on suspect packages, passenger flow control, crime reductions and loitering. It will also give the ability for Sheffield station to be remotely monitored as well as alerting station staff.

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