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Axis Communications contributes to strengthening security in Belgian railroad stations
"I remain convinced that the presence of cameras contributes to an increased sense of security among passengers and personnel. At the psychological level, they're invaluable." Hendrik Vanderkimpen, Director of the Corporate Security Department of the SNCB Group.
With 2,186 miles of tracks, Belgium has one of Europe's densest and most modern rail networks. In 2006, the SNCB Group transported almost 20 million passengers by rail. On a day-to-day basis, 20,000 people collaborate in ensuring the safety of passengers, personnel, and equipment. The SNCB Group invests yearly in its security policy, a particularly complex undertaking in view of the group's involvement in the public domain. In response to the increase in station traffic, the SNCB decided to reinforce the presence of cameras within its security policy to enhance the protection of employees and passengers.
The station at Ottignies became the focus of a pilot project in 2006. Various different cameras were installed there to measure their effect on criminal behavior in the station. After several months, a 22% drop in vandalism was recorded. This was the green light for the massive "Malaga Project" within the SNCB Group. The Group currently uses 1,107 cameras (analog and network models combined), including AXIS 221 Day & Night Network Cameras.
Hendrik Vanderkimpen, Director of the Corporate Security Department of the SNCB Group: "I remain convinced that the presence of cameras contributes to an increased sense of security in passengers and personnel. At the psychological level, they're invaluable."