New video technology can monitors dangerous behaviour at stations

A video analysis technology company in Bristol is developing a safety system that can spot anti-social behaviour or emergency incidents on train station platforms.

One Big Circle (OBC) is working with the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) on the project – called Deter.

The organisations are using advanced machine learning to identify unusual behaviour and suspicious objects which, when detected, will automatically raise alerts for station staff.

The project is being funded with money from Network Rail’s Small Business Research Initiative competition.

According to OBC, the competition was launched to enhance safety and reduce delays created by station incidents such as unusual, unsafe or dangerous behaviour.

OBC co-founder Emily Kent said, “We are excited to work closely with the MTC on this project to improve safety and security for passengers and staff on railway platforms, and we are making significant advances despite the challenges of Covid-19.

“As a UK SME, combining our advanced technology with the industry reach and research capacity of the MTC has huge benefits.

“This will ensure we help meet the challenges faced by the rail industry, advance our growth and ultimately create more jobs and opportunities in the Bristol area.”

OBC and MTC are one of two projects to reach the final after beating off competition from seven other organisations across the UK.

Phase one of the competition involved building and testing a system on pre-recorded video data from Network Rail stations, according to OBC. During phase two, Project Deter will be used in a real-life environment.

The team will be given access to stations, to live CCTV data feeds and to Network Rail’s telecoms resource, it said.

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It will mean they are able to create real-time data-driven safety alerts for unusual movements, dangerous incidents and crowd flow and density, according to OBC.

Paulino Rocher, MTC technical liaison, said, “We’re looking forward to working on the next phase of this project with One Big Circle to drive safety at train stations of all sizes.

“The MTC has a skilled team of data scientists that, in combination with OBC’s architecture and infrastructure design and software implementation capability, can really deliver this project.”


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