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ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel to Hold Workshop on Transit Security

New York, May 03, 2007

Every day in the United States, more than sixteen million passengers rely on trains, subways, and buses to take them where they need to go. Fundamental to the cities and regions they serve, public transit systems are by their very nature open, accessible, and dynamic.

In contrast, air travel uses a highly-controlled security infrastructure, requiring ticketed passengers and their luggage to undergo intensive screening at multiple checkpoints. While the airline transportation system remains a likely target, recent attacks around the world point to public transit as a target of choice for terrorists.

To assist the transit community in meeting these challenges, the Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-HSSP) is turning its focus to the role of standards and conformity assessment programs in improving U.S. transit security.

A workshop scheduled for May 29, 2007, at the Executive Conference Center in Arlington, VA, will examine the key issues, challenges and customer needs for relevant standards. Stakeholders from the transit, private sector and standards communities are encouraged to attend and participate in the day’s discussions.

Interactive breakout sessions will address the following subject areas in the context of physical security [see meeting agenda]:

  • Equipment Case Study: Blast Resistant Trash Receptacles
  • Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Access Control/Intrusion Detection
  • Communications (Success and Challenges)
  • Communications (Solutions)
  • Detection of Explosives

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the DHS Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will serve as workshop co-leaders. Leading experts in the field of transit security, including both end users and solutions providers, will serve as key presenters.

There is no registration fee to attend; however, attendance is limited due to space limitations and to better facilitate the breakout session discussions.

For more information and to register, please contact Matt Deane, ANSI director of homeland security standards ( no later than May 15, 2007.