One of the largest public train operators in the United Kingdom, Southeastern Rail Network, implemented a smart video security solution to secure 12 train depots, including five unmanned locations, against theft and intrusion. Fully operational at all 12 locations, the system relies on machine learning algorithms to automatically sound alarms on security threats such as intruders and perimeter breaches. Beyond security applications, it also tracks important metadata on the arrival times of trains while monitoring deliveries at the train depots, among other AI-assisted functions.
The fully digital Bosch video surveillance system presents an upgrade to the British train operating company, which provides train services between London, Kent and parts of East Sussex and transports 640,000 passengers each weekday on its 392 trains. Powered by cameras featuring built-in Intelligent Video Analytics, the solution was installed and configured to the specific requirements at the train depots by Bosch integration partner Taylor Technology Systems over the course of six months.
In case of a security breach, the system alerts Southeastern’s watch personnel, who can view live camera footage as well as recordings of incidents for heightened situational awareness. Instead of relying on the pre-configured capabilities such as vehicle tracking, security personnel can also use the built-in camera trainer function to teach new functionality, such as detecting certain types of objects or situations. As an integral part of this end-to-end Bosch solution, recordings from the depots are stored and managed remotely using Divar recorders in encrypted format.
Prior to the upgrade, Southeastern Rail Network was using an analog legacy solution.