ScotRail has reported that more than 280 train depots and stations throughout Scotland now benefit from brand new CCTV systems empowered with high definition.
The Dutch-owned train operator for Scotland has installed the all-new camera equipment with an aim to provide a more effective security and safety service for both its employees and customers.
The outdated equipment previously used by ScotRail involved 220 scrolling-style CCTV monitors. This system has now been replaced with a state-of-the-art intelligent 24 view-screen video wall, able to analyse passenger movement on platforms and identify potentially unsafe situations. If the team monitoring the CCTV observes danger to a member of the public, station staff at the location will be alerted to assist.
The ambition of this new system for ScotRail is to enhance the identification of vulnerable people, reducing the risk of railway fatalities.
Sustainability & Safety Assurance Director for ScotRail David Lister commented:
“Train travel is safe but that doesn’t mean we take our customers’ safety for granted. This new system is designed to provide even more security and reassurance to our customers and our people. We believe the improvements we’ve made will give our customers added confidence as to the safety of travel by rail.”
The £2m equipment upgrade is part of a continuing investment to better Scotland’s Railway. The project was funded via the Control Period 5 Scottish Network Improvement Fund of Network Rail.
ScotRail statistics according to Lister suggest CCTV plays a part in tackling antisocial behaviour and crime. The number of passengers using Scotland’s network is increasing and crime remains low.