International trends in video surveillance: public transport gets smarter

Video surveillance is a very common technology used in public transport, especially for security purposes. In 2015 UITP, together with industry expert Axis Communications, conducted a survey among public transport organisations to get an understanding of the usage of video surveillance in public transport. This official Statistics Brief  shares the results of this survey, which demonstrate that public transport is getting smarter with the ongoing advancement of video surveillance.


International trends in video surveillance: public transport gets smarter

“Video surveillance will remain a cornerstone technology for public transport security” – such was the conclusion of the a 2015 report, based on a survey of UITP members. Having repeated the survey in 2017-2018, this assumption has been confirmed. However, the sheer pace and enormous growth of video surveillance, especially advanced techniques involving analytics, has proven to be quite astounding.


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