Punctuality is one of the main goals of 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 police with critical fatality investigation information. Thus, decision making processes could be accelerated and reduce investigation times.
The Network of Quick Responders is frequently used by 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 fact 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).
Following significant interest from UIC security platform members to deepen the exchange regarding technical matters, human factors, legal and ethical aspects, the UIC security division organised a dedicate workshop on FFCCTV on 12 September 2018.
20 participants from DB AG, EUSKOTREN, MÁV, ÖBB, PKP Intercity, SNCF, TCDD, Trenitalia, ViaRail Canada, UITP and Railpol, exchanged and discussed inter alia about the setting of a test area, the possibility to enlarge the scope of the discussion, different technical aspects, the equipment of (partial) fleet, the involvement of the trade unions and the cooperation with law enforcements.
Within these discussions the participants also shared their experience in terms of public reaction, difficulties and drawbacks related to the employment of FFCCTVs. By the end, the members requested UIC to go further and organise a following up meeting, which has been planned for February 2019.