Tuesday 5 March 2019

Network of Quick Responders – dedicated UIC Workshop on FFCCTV held on 26 February 2019 in Paris

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Punctuality is one of the priority goals of the railway companies. Therefore, different measures to shorten processes, like in case of an incident on the tracks, are being tested. As a technical solution, forward-facing-closed-circuit cameras (FFCCTV) can provide the relevant authorities with critical fatality investigation information. Thus, decision making processes could be accelerated and reduce investigation times reduced.

The Network of Quick Responders is frequently used by the members of the UIC Security Platform to receive a general overview about an arising security topic from other members within a short time. This was also the case for the 7th survey of the Network of Quick Responders, which focused on the use of FFCCTV and was carried out in April/May 2018. Since this topic is raising interest not only among UIC members, the survey was also circulated among UITP-members. Within four weeks UIC received feedback from 27 companies (see eNews 603).

According to significant interest from the UIC Security Platform members to deepen the exchange regarding technical matters, human factors, legal and ethical aspects, the UIC security division organised a dedicated workshop on FFCCTV on 12 September 2018 (see eNews 614). The 20 participants shared and discussed setting the topics of a test area, the possibility of enlarging the scope of the discussion, different technical aspects, the equipment of (partial) fleet, the involvement of the trade unions and cooperation with law enforcements.

By the end of the first workshop, the participants requested UIC to go further and organise a follow up meeting, which was held on 26 February 2019. Around 25 participants from DB AG, DB Arriva, EUSKOTREN, NS NL, ÖBB, PKP S. A., Slovenske železnice, d.o.o., SJ, SNCF, STIB, Trenitalia, and Railpol, received feedback about studies by further FFCCTV-experienced members. Information about current tests and proofs of concept were shared whilst difficulties and drawbacks were discussed. Furthermore, the FFCCTV-providers FLIR and Axis attended the workshop and presented their portfolio and solutions for this topic.

The workshop was very comprehensive and sufficient, so that no further actions are required by the participants for the moment.

Further forthcoming security events are as follows:

  • 13 March 2019: WG Human Factors (Moscow) – for further information please contact Virginie Papillault (papillault


  • 25 March 2019: Workshop on rail suicide and trespass prevention (Paris). Only a few seats are left. For further information and registration, please use the following link: https://events.uic.org/workshop-on-rail-suicide-and-trespass-prevention
  • 28 March 2019: WG Sabotage, Intrusions and attacks (Berlin) – for further information please contact Kathrin Faber (faber


  • 18 – 20 June 2019: 5th UIC Security Week (Paris) – further information is available at: https://events.uic.org/uic-security-week-2019
  • 20 – 22 November 2019: 15th UIC World Security Congress (Prague)

For further information please contact Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor UIC Security Division:


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