SECUR-ED Project federates, with a delegated management and in a balanced manner, major operators and top industrial integrators to enhance the security of urban public transportation in medium and large cities, through live demonstrations. Based on the best practices, in a very diverse societal and legacy environment, SECUR-ED will aggregate a consistent and interoperable mix of technologies and processes, covering all aspects, from risk assessment to complete training packages.
SECUR-ED rationale is to create a global European improvement in mass transportation security through the development of packaged modular solutions validated through the demonstrations, and made available to the full community of operators. The process will follow a strict methodology to translate the threats into a system-of-systems architecture and interoperability language, as well as in assessing the results obtained.
The different modules (made up of best practices, procedures, training and hardware and software) are selected and packaged with standard interfaces, ready to be integrated. Similarly standard interfaces are developed to host such modules in the legacy transport infrastructures. With a good coverage of the diverse priorities, integration is performed in the networks of four cities (Madrid, Paris, Milan and Berlin), validating the security enhancement packages, becoming a showcase of this unique European initiative.
This is only the start point: a set of medium size cities will then use the above tool-kit to assess their risks and design their own solutions through adapted demonstrations, staff training to best practices, technical upgrades.
To amplify the process, with the support of the professional associations, the Advisory Groups (Operators, First responders and Authorities) will conduct an active dissemination of the project results to the community of urban transport stakeholders in Europe.
Securing European urban transport
Security of urban transport in European cities can be enhanced while also boosting the mass transport security industry.
Europeans today are more likely to live in urban areas than in the past. Thus, mass transport has become a vital and even preferred method of daily commuters. This calls for the most efficient, affordable, reliable, safe and secure mass transport possible.
In an effort to help make this a reality, the EU-funded project 'SECuredURbantransportation - European Demonstration' (http://www.secur-ed.eu (SECUR-ED)) has set up demonstrations in Berlin, Madrid, Milan and Paris. Satellite demonstrations were also run in Bergen, Bilbao, Brussels, Bucharest, Izmir and Lisbon. In all the city demonstrations, the aim was the same: how to increase security in mass transportation. Both people and infrastructure security were addressed by the project, as was a range of issues from minor offences to major terrorism threats while taking into account legal, cultural and societal environments.
A ground-up approach was taken to ensure that the solutions being proposed and demonstrated were possible and could be easily integrated into existing operational procedures. In the process, risks were being identified and best practices shared.
The demonstrations provided evidence of adaptability and inter-operability of the solutions to the urban transportation environment, from procedures to video-analysis, CBRN-E detection or information management, including training, cyber-security and simulation tools.
A White Paper (available in the Downloads section of the http://www.secur-ed.eu (website)) draws the lessons learned and recommendations for maximum positive impact on mass transport operators and suppliers as well as passengers, helping to improve overall quality of life.