Yesterday, 21 August, marked the UN International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. A day where we acknowledge those affected by terrorism – something that is unfortunately a growing and world-wide concern. For years, terrorism has been one off the biggest threats facing any public space, and public transport around the world has also withstood attacks.
It is safe to say that safety and security are a top priority for the public transport industry. Our members work endlessly on ensuring safe travel environments for their passengers: a continual process that should never been taken lightly.
To this end, UITP has entered into a new EU-funded project that aims to fight terrorism in public transport. The PREVENT project focuses on pre-empting attacks in public transport by enabling earlier detection of terrorists and potentially dangerous objects, tracking of detected individuals or situations and coordinating the response of security forces.
PREVENT aims to analyse and assess the threats and vulnerabilities in public transport concerning terrorist attacks. Furthermore, it will map what solutions and knowledge are already available and which innovations are still needed to ensure maximal security and safety. The ultimate goal of PREVENT is to launch a joint procurement, to find a party that can best address the highest priority innovations needed to fight terrorism in public transport.
Coordinated by the Engineering Group, PREVENT was launched in May and gathers 16 project partners. For more information about PREVENT, visit the project website or contact Anne Mordret.
Don’t miss the opportunity to follow our training on anti-terrorism and security (21-23 October in Brussels)! The training programme includes case studies from experienced networks, a site-visit to Brussels’ public transport network and exercises in terrorist emergency response.