SECURITY CONVERGENCE FOR TRANSPORT CORRIDORS

Secure transport corridors
Secure transport corridors

The availability of secure corridors for the rapid transit of people and goods is essential for modern economies. However transportation infrastructure has also become a space for organised and opportunistic crimes. The security of passengers and staff is a major issue. The last decade has seen unprecedented investment in CCTV technology within the UK. Currently there are approximately four million CCTV cameras operationally deployed. Despite this the impact on anti-social and criminal behaviour is minimal. Although most incidents are captured on video there is often no immediate response because little of the data is actively analysed in real-time. Consequently most CCTV installations operate in a passive mode, simply collecting enormous volumes of video data for archiving. The effectiveness of CCTV is enhanced by alerting security analysts in real-time so they can observe and address criminal behaviour immediately. In this Grand Challenge we propose a new event-centric computing paradigm which records and processes events captured by a heterogeneous sensor network (comprising of CCTV hardware and other physical security devices). This will be applied to two related application spaces; a bus and an airport departure lounge.

The challenge involves: