AFC Plays Role in Security Enhancement

In this article the author discusses burgeoning technologies that allow for the monitoring of explosives in public transit facilities such as subway stations. As noted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), all counter-terrorism measures must not only be effective, but also feasible economically and fit within the structure dynamics of the building in which such measures are to be implemented. Airport-type security and pressured-air “puffers” are not acceptable forms of monitoring, since some subway stations in large metropolises can process 80,000 to 100,000 individuals per hour. One proposal that may work into a new type of counter-terrorism in these venues is expanding the roles of automated fare collection systems (AFC), as these locations provide one of the few bottlenecks in a station. A pilot study is discussed in which Early Warning Explosives Detection Systems (EWEDS) were implemented in a Maryland subway station. The results, the article explains, are promising for a trial.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp A4-A6
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2007 3:23PM