Metro Trains deploys aerial thermal imaging cameras


Monday, 24 September, 2018


Metro Trains deploys aerial thermal imaging cameras

Thermal imaging cameras are being used along Melbourne’s rail network in order to improve safety and service for passengers.

Metro Trains fitted these cameras to helicopters and drones in order to observe the rail network during events including White Night, New Year’s Eve celebrations and the Spring Racing Carnival.

“With Melbourne’s massive events calendar, it’s important to make sure we’re doing everything we can to get people where they need to go, safer and sooner,” said Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan.

The cameras help deliver real-time information and intelligence to the train control centre where Metro works alongside police to improve responses to serious network disruptions and incidents.

By using this information Metro can make assessments about what sort of response is required and where, and confirm when tracks are clear to get trains moving and passengers on their way.

It is also used as a tool to detect trespassing on the network — as well as incidents of graffiti and criminal damage to rail equipment which all cause disruptions to services.

Intelligence sourced from the cameras is provided to Victoria Police to support ongoing investigations.

“The use of drones are another tool to better respond to disruptions and catch the criminals who seek to deface our network,” said Allan.

“This is all about making sure our passengers can get to and from Melbourne’s major events quickly and safely.”

During major spring events, Metro and Victoria Police will be ensuring the public transport network is running as efficiently and as safely as possible for those who rely on it.

There are more than 9000 CCTV cameras at stations and in trains, and a dedicated security and surveillance team tracking criminals.

Metro spends $10 million annually to fight graffiti and vandalism on the network.

More than a million eventgoers will use Melbourne’s rail network over the coming months.

Image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/Devonyu

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