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Philippine National Railways boosts safety with advanced video security from Motorola Solutions
An advanced video security system from Motorola Solutions has enabled Philippine National Railways ( PNR ) to continue operating safely throughout the global pandemic while enhancing the rail operator ’ s long term security and flexibility .
Carrying more than 60,000 passengers each day across a network spanning 78 kilometers , PNR provides a popular mode of transport in the country .
Although the system was initially deployed to identify potential safety risks such as damage to boom gate barriers , it has given the rail operator the edge in identifying and preventing the potential spread of COVID-19 across its operations .
COVID-19 , it has paved the way for us to make our rail organization more resilient ,” Lauta said .
“ We once used handheld thermographic scanners to read body temperatures which was a labor and time intensive process . Now we have a solution that is contactless , efficient and alerts control room operators to potential risks so they can decide the best way to respond .”
The innovative technology also supports a Philippines government Department of Health ( DOH ) initiative , BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19 , which encourages all Filipino people to take an active role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to public health measures . Motorola Solutions ’ Vice President for Video Security and Access Control in Asia Pacific , Graham Wheeler , said the rail sector and other essential industries had gained long term benefits from video security technologies deployed during the pandemic .
“ The past two years have proven that operational risks and opportunities are constantly changing ,” Wheeler said .
“ AI-enabled video security systems are highly flexible , scalable and can be adapted to provide situational awareness and safety in a variety of different situations .” p
The solution incorporates 200 ultra-highdefinition cameras across all of PNR ’ s railway stations with advanced , AI-powered video analytics .
The video analytics system features thermal imaging software to identify passengers and employees with indications of elevated body temperature before they enter railway facilities .
The technology also helps PNR to identify if passengers are wearing face masks , adhering to social distancing policies and provides valuable evidence to support contact tracing efforts .
PNR Assistant General Manager , Atty . Celeste D . Lauta , said the video security system provided her organization with the increased awareness and confidence it needed to continue operating safely throughout the pandemic .
“ This project was initially conceived as a security management tool , but because of
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