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:

  • Tracking a person over a heterogeneous sensor network
  • Development of robust sensor analytics for event recognition
  • Investigation into the use of a multi-level framework for event management
  • Managing the convergence of information and physical security

Secure Transport Corridors

Lead Institution

Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen's University Belfast

Key word(s)

CCTV, video analytics, security, surveillance, tracking, sensor, event management

Associated Consultants

  • Dr Paul Millar
  • Prof Weiru Liu
  • Dr David Linton

Project Funding

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