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March 12, 2014

NSW government seeks to upgrade Sydney Trains CCTV technology

The New South Wales (NSW) government is seeking to modernise the Sydney Trains CCTV technology to bolster security and prevent crime across public transport.

The New South Wales (NSW) government is seeking to modernise the Sydney Trains CCTV technology to bolster security and prevent crime across the system.

According to NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian the department now has more than 10,000 CCTV cameras and 780 help points on the rail network, along with Police Transport Command (PTC) units.

The government is planning to issue a new tender over the next 12-18 months inviting proposals to expand the reach of cameras by incorporating advanced technologies.

"We will examine ways to improve access and coverage of the CCTV network."

Berejiklian said: "Our priority is ensuring the safety of our customers, and this tender means we are working with the experts to deliver advances in technology that improve and expand the reach of the excellent CCTV network we already have in place.

"Under the tender we will be looking to upgrade the network to high definition, as well as explore using sensor detection technology to prevent trespassing, graffiti and other crimes, and better utilise existing cameras."

The CCTV network has already been integrated by NSW Transport for various public transport functions across all modes, including for targeting crime and fare evasion.

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said: "Working in conjunction with the Police Transport Command, the CCTV network helps to observe incidents across train lines and catch criminals in the act.

"Under this latest upgrade we will examine ways to improve access and coverage of the CCTV network for police, and continue to tackle crime across not just trains, but also buses, light rail and ferries."

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