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WSC Transit Security Standardization Report Now Available


New York, Feb 22, 2008

Every day, millions of people around the world rely on commuter trains, subways, light rail, and buses to take them safely 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, making them a target of choice for terrorist activity.

A new report issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) addresses the strategic role for international standards and conformity assessment programs in ensuring the safety and security of urban, suburban, and regional commuter transportation.

The report is a product from the October 2007 World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Workshop on Transit Security. The event was organized and convened by ANSI, in partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and was held in conjunction with the sixth plenary meeting of the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP). [see related article]

According to the report, Workshop participants found that international cooperation in the standardization arena has a strong impact on transit security, leading to enhanced interoperability, shared situational awareness, and strong public-private partnerships in the interest of crisis management and overall security. Stakeholders in the transit environment are encouraged to use the report as a resource on standards and conformity assessment-based solutions to their security-related challenges.

Although many standards exist to address the safety of public transportation systems, Workshop participants identified a number of gap areas for security including risk assessment, video surveillance, and explosive detection equipment, among others.

In January 2008, the ISO/IEC/ITU Strategic Advisory Group on Security resolved to examine the report for specific action items that could be addressed by ISO/IEC/ITU technical committees. Other standards developing organizations are also asked to review these gap areas and consider working closely with the transit security community to develop new standards projects that will meet these needs.

Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Matt Deane, ANSI director of homeland security standards (212.642.4992; mdeane@ansi.org).

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative