Renfe to analyse video surveillance in nearly 500 stations with AI

Spanish rail operator Renfe has launched the digitisation of the security systems of 483 Cercanías stations to collect and process data with AI anonymously and automatically. This year, nearly 200 stations should see the system installed. 

The ‘Renfe Smart Security Station’ (RS3) project , more than 5,000 analogue security cameras will be replaced by IP cameras, which will enable the information collected through the CCTV system to be shared in an integrated video analytics system. It has a budget of 31.7 million euros and has been financed with European Union funds. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024 and started at the end of last year.

After the artificial intelligence algorithms have analysed the videofeed, the processed images are eliminated from the system in a ‘matter of milliseconds’, and is in strict compliance with data protection regulations, according to Renfe.

Detecting incidents

The goals is for the company’s security to make better decisions. Thanks to the integrated dashboard with real-time data, they know what is happening in Renfe Cercanías stations at all times. For example, by analysing the flow of people, it will be possible to direct more staff to the stations at any given moment, if necessary. It will also be possible to automatically detect security-related incidents such as people and objects falling onto the tracks, fires, acts of vandalism or fraud in accessing services.

The RS3 project also foresees the installation of 500 servers and the renovation of operating systems, installations and digital elements of the Cercanías stations. It also foresees the installation of approximately 500 cybersecurity probes to monitor, control and analyse them. The ultimate goal is to increase the levels of digital security and cybersecurity.

Installation underway

Renfe has contracted companies in image analytics and intelligence technologies, including iMotion Analytics, one of the start-ups accelerated by Renfe’s TrenLab innovation programme. In total, this project involves the installation of 6,451 devices for the implementation of a closed-circuit CCTV and an intelligent video analytics system. In addition, these devices will be accompanied by access control systems, electrical control equipment or communication elements for the connection of the different IP equipment.

During 2021, the planning and execution of installations at a total of 21 stations in the Madrid Cercanías Core; 22 stations in Rodalies Barcelona; 7 stations in the Bilbao Cercanías Core; 7 stations in the Valencia Core and 4 stations in the Seville Core has started.

This year, installation is planned for 33 stations in the Madrid Cercanías Core; 43 in Rodalíes Barcelona; 15 in the Bilbao Cercanías Core and 6 in RAM (metric gauge); 14 in the San Sebastián Core; 10 from the Asturias Cercanías Core and 9 from RAM; 12 stations from RAM Santander; 17 from the Valencia Core; 9 from the Seville Core; 11 from the Malaga Core; 8 from the Murcia/Alicante Core and 7 stations from the Cadiz Core.

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Author: Esther Geerts


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