“Since 9/11, the DHS and TSA have spent approximately $20 billion on aviation security, compared to roughly $960 million on mass transit security,” states Dilip Sarangan, industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan. “Aviation security is a definite priority given the events of 9/11; however, such an imbalance in federal funding poses a severe challenge for the mass transit security industry and its vendors.”
Frost & Sullivan’s recent study, North American Physical Security Solutions for Mass Transit Market, finds the market earned revenues of $.49 billion in 2009 and estimates this to reach $1.57 billion in 2016.
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The mass transit sector represents far different security challenges than aviation. Securing more than 400 domestic airports and ordering security upgrades for the airlines, while a major endeavor, were discrete and manageable tasks for the federal government. In contrast, the ground transportation industry involves thousands of organizations in multiple transportation modes spanning both public and private sectors. Also, the sheer size of the transportation infrastructure includes several thousand miles of track, large numbers of bridges and tunnels, countless passenger stops, and a vast number of buses, railroads and freight trucks traversing the country day and night. As large as the ground transportation section is, this system of transportation is designed to be open, accessible, and interconnecting for the convenience of passengers and customers.
With the shift toward internet protocol (IP), an overlap of information technology (IT) standards exists. IT standards such as TCP/IP are used for communication between edge devices and an application server. IT personnel also prefer systems that use these standards rather than proprietary networking standards. As these personnel are trained to handle the IT systems, the new IP systems based on TCP/IP seem like an extension that could lead to easier adoption. Hence, the adoption rate of IP systems using open standards increases and is more preferable. Although the shift from proprietary standards to open standards is a challenge for some solution providers, this is the preferred route for large-scale adoption in the long run.
“Integration and interoperability are critical to success in the market,” states Sarangan. “Emerging technologies such as physical security information management (PSIM can help vendors and service providers implement large solutions. The key success factor in this market is the ability to integrate disparate systems at low cost with rapid deployment.”
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