Two U.S. servicemen and a college student thwarted a potentially deadly attack aboard a French train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. In the summer of 2015, a shirtless man with an assault rifle, handgun, and knife, emerged from a lavatory on the train. He shot one passenger and began stabbing others. The three American men on holiday rushed the attacker, subdued him, and with the help of other passengers, tied him up until the train got to the next station. The attack on the French train underscores the vulnerability of passengers in mass transit, and particularly rail travel.
The attack was committed by a sole perpetrator already aboard the train attempting to inflict as much damage as possible one passenger at a time. Fortunately, no one died in the incident. Terrorists often attempt dramatic scenes of mayhem with the goal of causing as much suffering as possible. To that end, trains and other forms of mass transit are often targeted. These events have led to the proliferation of security technologies, including under vehicle scanning.
Under vehicle scanning technologies were first used in government, military, and private sectors to thwart, smuggling, car bombs, material loss, and other related risks. Due to the uptick in violence against the public in recent years, designed to spread terror in the hearts of the general population, UVSS are finding new wide ranging applications. One such application is the inspection of train cars.
An under vehicle scanner can capture images from a limitless length of train as it passes over the scanner in real time. Scanning systems support both East European and Western rail widths. They have auto cooling and heating components that make them effective in any climate, even under extreme conditions. Auto lens cleaning ensures accuracy down to the smallest detail.
Under vehicle scanning technologies offer a glimpse into the future of mainstream passenger train safety. Real-time scans of the entire width and length of the train instantaneously record precise images, which allow security personnel to respond within minutes when a threat or modification has been detected.
The efficient scanners reduce the amount of time needed to perform security checks, and the number of employees required to make them. Current manual methods of train inspections just can’t compete with under vehicle scanning technology in efficiency, personnel and passenger safety, or cost effectiveness. Investing in the security of passenger cars, tankers, boxcars, and other over-sized train compartments with this technology will save time, money, and possibly lives in the long run.