Johnson Controls portfolio provides unified system in Romania

Bucharest, Romania

Compania Naţională de Căi Ferate "CFR" - SA, the state railway carrier of Romania, has invested in an integrated security and safety solution to protect passengers travelling on a new railway link from Otopeni Henri Coandă International Airport to Bucharest Nord main railway station. Since December 2020 when the new link became operational, a highly complex and integrated security and safety solution from Johnson Controls has been playing a key role in ensuring the smooth operation of the train station and the running of 72 trains per day, which arrive and depart every 20 minutes from and to the airport.

Alfred Net, a specialist systems integrator was tasked to provide the new railway terminal’s safety and security systems, as well as the passenger communications and information systems.  Alex Vladutoiu, Managing Director & Solutions Architect at Alfred Net commented on the project. "With the new link terminating within the airport, we immediately realised that any security and safety solution that we recommended to the consortium would need to meet the demanding requirements of airport security, as well as railway related EU regulations and directives. This meant that as well as being robust, ultra-reliable and cyber secure, the various component parts of the solution would need to be deeply integrated with each other so as to provide control room operators with a high level of situational awareness which would enable them to react quickly and effectively to any incidents”.

The Alfred Net design team specified that the Tyco Victor security management platform should be at the heart of the safety and security solution. In addition to helping control room operators manage and monitor the images captured by Tyco Illustra high-definition IP network cameras, Victor’s graphical user interface (GUI) alerts operators in real-time as to any fire or intrusion events, as well as any access control activity.

The design of the security and safety solution was based on a rigorous Risk Assessment Report which took into account the worst case scenarios in terms of the threat to the safety of passengers, disruption and the protection of assets.

By providing a unified solution which can manage the combined data captured by the intrusion detection, access control, fire detection and video surveillance systems, Victor offers authorised users with all the information they need to monitor and strictly control the movement of passengers.

In addition to the Tyco Illustra cameras and Videoedge video recorders, which have been deployed to monitor the railway terminal proximity, mission critical machinery, platforms and areas open to the public, control room operators are also able to take advantage of video analytics to help them quickly detect any suspicious activity or danger.

A CEM Systems AC2000 access control software platform, together with eDCM350 OSDP protocol IP door controllers, are supporting smart card readers and encrypted cards to limit access to sensitive areas throughout the railway, such as communications, signalling, staff and locker rooms.

Zettler Profile Flexible addressable panels, flame detectors and smoke sensors have been installed throughout the station terminal to ensure mandatory compliance with EU fire regulations.

And finally for intrusion, a DSC Powerseries Neo intrusion system is providing protection for areas which may be left unattended, such as cash handling areas with integrated panic buttons ensuring there is a rapid reaction to any intrusion alarm.

“This was without doubt the most complex project that the client has been involved with and reflects its determination to invest in the latest technology to ensure maximum operational efficiency and to protect its passengers and assets”, said Alex Vladutoiu. “This has resulted in diverse solutions, such as video analytics and flame detection based on video technology interacting with laser detection, RGB LED displays, digital signage, Text-to-Speech and many other state-of-the-art technologies, to deliver a highly effective total solution”.


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