International Rail Conference and SITCE speakers share their thoughts: Patrik Anderson of Axis Communications

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As we approach the UITP International Rail Conference and SITCE (Singapore, 9-11 July 2018) our programme, panel sessions and list of speakers and participants is rapidly taking shape.

Over the next few weeks we will be sitting down with several of our Congress speakers and panellists to get their thoughts on the event, public transport in the region and the industry going forward.

Up first is Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development Transportation at Axis Communications in Sweden.

Patrik, you are the Director of Business Development Transportation at Axis Communications in Sweden. Can you tell us more about your role and what it entails? 

Simplified, my role is to make sure that Axis is having the best market possibilities for the transport sector, including public transport of course, but also aviation, traffic, logistics and maritime.

Business development can mean vastly different things for different people, I have come to learn. What I find particularly interesting in my role is to make sure that we demonstrate the customer value of the solutions we bring to market and that we are as relevant as one can be to the various users in transport.

This year’s UITP International Rail Conference is combined with SITCE for the first time in Asia and will be based around the theme 'People at the Heart of Digital Railways', putting the customer at the centre of a modern railway system. How important do you think this theme is for public transport right now?

Axis is a market leader in digital and networked video surveillance, access control, audio, radar and other security infrastructures. In public transport that is used to both protect passengers as well as helps to make operational and business decisions. In our “world” of Railways, humans are always in centre, as the systems and solutions we help to provide are there to protect people in every travel, every day, all year around.

We see the global trend of digitalisation and use of artificial intelligence in our security sector as well which the rail sector is using to focus on their customers, the passengers. 

What would it take for all of us every-day car commuters, that haven’t converted to public transport for our job rides, to change?

You are due to take part in the Parallel Session: “The benefits of digitalisation for rail security – and its (cyber) – challenges” Cyber security is without a doubt one of the main talking points around digitalisation. Can you tell our readers what they can expect from your session? 

We have a great line up of very experienced speakers in our session that will be elaborating and discussing on both intelligent security digitalisation and on cyber threats. For cyber security there will be both threat and risk analysis, lessons learnt, good practices in processes and technologies that really work as well as other important considerations. Further, we plan to dive into the use of artificial intelligence and deep learning as well. I will also myself contribute a bit with some news from Axis’ collaboration with UITP in analysing the international video surveillance trends in this area. 

Axis Communications is the market leader in network video, with your video products installed in public places such as trains and airports, to name but a few. Can you talk to us about the importance of public transport security?

Let me illustrate it by an example and a question. What would it take for all of us every-day car commuters that haven’t converted to public transport for our job rides to change?

If public transport is better for the environment, cheaper than cars, faster and more convenient, has good coverage to where we want to go as well as it is safe and secure.  If we suddenly remove safe and secure from the list in the above sentence and ask ourselves, would we still make the change? 

And finally, according to the most recent joint survey for UITP and Axis Communications, almost 70% of public transport organisations use IP surveillance today. What does the future look like for video in the public transport sector?

It‘s not often I answer with a cliff hanger, but join us at SITCE, and you will find out! 

There, I plan to share some key findings and significant news in the trends of video surveillance that we have so far analysed from the international survey.

Another alternative is of course to read the upcoming UITP brief on this topic, due in September, or read the full survey report later in the fall. I also believe there will be multiple possibilities in the fall to both listen and read of all the new-found facts of what is trending in video surveillance for public transport.

Thank you, Patrik, for your time and see you in Singapore!


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