Last night while commuting on metro, I (and everyone else on my train platform) received a wireless emergency alert about flash flooding that could occur in the area. I was preoccupied thinking about the WEA system, and how it was kind of neat to see everyone on the platform get the message, and then two minutes later see everyone on the arriving train receive it as their train came out of the tunnel and they had access ...more »
The major challenge in securing a mass transit system is the extremely high foot traffic volume. Given that law enforcement staff can only survey a limited portion of the system, emerging technology must play a critical role in achieving a secure system. Video analytics, standoff millimeter wave imaging (with automatic image processing for privacy), and chemical trace detection are active research areas that can aid in ...more »
A Seagate/GreenTec HDD that cannot be altered, modified, reformatted or deleted. Protects the Master Boot Record (MBR) and Partition Information from a cyber-attack, protects data from manipulation and deletion, and "safeboots" computer for start and operation after a cyber intrusion. Data is protected, and evidentiary video, audio, photos, etc. are immutable and can be brought directly to court as evidence. This is ...more »
Although there’s no question that airports and railways are different when it comes to screening and security needs, there may be some approaches that convey. In the article, “Railway stations should adopt some of the security strategies deployed by airports” (link below), James Somerville-Smith of Honeywell suggests that video analytics (to monitor emotional and facial recognition) would be just as useful at rail stations ...more »
As mentioned, there are many challenges to address in mass transit security. As security in DC has been enhanced over the last week, is the answer more K-9 resources? It seems that even the tightest of security won't be able to detect explosives in a backpack or chemical agents without the use of K-9 resources. But what are the drawbacks to this approach? Practical? Financial?