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Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

Enhanced CCTV Surveillance For Perth Public Transport

Victor P Taffa

  • Opening of $7.4 Million facility to simultaneously monitor railway stations, bus interchanges and carparks
  • 1,363 cameras to monitor more than 130 Million annual boardings 24/7

The movements of people at all railway stations and seven major bus interchanges will for the first time be simultaneously monitored from one CCTV surveillance facility, making the Perth public transport network among the safest in the world.

Opening the new $7.4 Million Central Monitoring Room (CMR), Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) existing CCTV facilities were recognised internationally, and had now been upgraded to a consolidated, network-wide system.

“Perth public transport users can feel even safer, knowing that this CCTV facility allows security staff to see exactly what is going on at every railway station and the seven major bus interchanges at any time, day or night.” Mr. Buswell said.

“The upgraded and integrated CMR allows for 1,363 cameras to watch more than 130 Million boardings 24/7 and more than trebles Transperth’s monitoring capacity, from 6 to 20 surveillance workstations.”

The Minister said the PTA’s 2011 Passenger Satisfaction Monitor (PSM) had shown increases in passenger perceptions of their personal safety on both buses and trains.

“The survey showed that 88 % of train passengers and 82 % of bus passengers are satisfied with the system overall, and particularly pleasing is that the biggest increases were in figures for night-time safety perceptions of bus users.” Mr. Buswell said.

“This reflects the results of a full year of heightened bus security measures implemented by the Government in late 2009, including security cabs in buses operating after 6 pm, a duress alarm for every driver, and a doubling of the mobile patrols which shadow buses on certain routes.”

“This Government recognises the importance of safe public transport to the community and, while we are already achieving good results in terms of safety and security, the new CMR will significantly bolster our efforts in this area.”

The adjoining Video Surveillance Office will be used to package the CMR information required by the courts, Police and for other investigations, as well as to process footage from more than 5,000 cameras on buses and trains.

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