The end of the line for rail trespass incidents: ADComms forms key communications partnership with Panasonic

Date: August 2015

ADComms has teamed up with Panasonic to launch a system designed to prevent trespass incidents and reduce the number of false alarms generated across the UK’s railways.

Trespass incidents on the railway network cost millions of pounds every year. Combining the industry expertise of IPS (a subsidiary company of ADComms) and the latest technology from Panasonic, the new automated system will help to prevent trespass incidents at known hot spots.

Panasonic’s vandal proof dome camera technology works in conjunction with a thermal camera. ADComms predicts that the system will drastically reduce the number of false alerts typically produced by current products that are prone to instability.

Steve Harris, strategy director at ADComms, commented: “The industry has been struggling with problems with analytics platforms in the past due to cameras, analytics software and network recorders not communicating effectively. We’ve been actively seeking the right technology to test in a real rail environment, with a view to delivering industry-leading technology to help operators to solve this significant problem.

“For the last two months, we have been testing the Panasonic cameras in conjunction with Ipsotek’s analytics product VISuite. We are delighted by the stability of the system and we are planning to run a live trial next month.”

The new system uses fixed visual cameras as well as thermal cameras in combination with VISuite’s virtual zone intrusion detection and loitering recognition, to create an accurate picture of an individual’s behaviour. Station platforms are zoned, so that anyone entering specific designated areas triggers a Pan Tilt and Zoom camera which tracks subsequent movements. The new system will also provide an automated audible warning to those meeting behaviour patterns associated with trespassing. In addition, alerts are raised so that station staff can take appropriate action.

“We are delighted to be working with ADComms to provide our transportation solutions to the UK Rail Market,”
said Andrew Dicken, head of Panasonic Europe’s Solution Centre.
“We engineer our CCTV cameras so that they are able to withstand vandal attacks, heavy rain and high temperatures, making them perfect for deployment on the railway network. We have come together with the ADComms team who share a common passion to drive engineering innovation in to the transportation sector. ”

For more information, please contact St John White or Natalia Gameson at Prova on 01926 776900.