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New-generation security and smart control to defend Moscow's Metro

October 31, 2014, 16:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Executives say there will be eyes everywhere but no total surveillance on passengers
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MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Moscow Metro's underground rail system has seen no development in its entire 80-year history to match the sweeping advances planned for New Year's Day, when new security measures and a "smart situation control system" start working to govern the world-famous network.

Watching eyes there will be, but not total surveillance on passengers, executives say. “Don't think everyone will be photographed and registered,” network chief Dmitry Pegov told journalists on Friday.

But from January 1, security checks will start operating at 294 entrances to network stations. “Luggage screening devices and metal detectors will be installed," he said. "We will fully equip all metro stations before the end of the year. But it would be wrong to take away all personal belongings as was done to ensure security at the Sochi Winter Olympics.”

All the equipment has been bought. One thousand staff have been trained. Instruction awaits for another 1,400. Deputy security chief Vladimir Muratov said radiation detectors would be installed and passengers sent through metal detectors.

“In the event of any claim on a passenger, an equipped specialist will check the individual for any metal,” he noted, adding that radio frequency suppressors would also be installed and a unique alarm system introduced.

“If any objects get onto the track, suicide attempts made or a passenger falls on the track accidentally a smart system will send a signal to the driver. This will allow him to start braking on time and possibly save a person's life,” Muratov said. Video monitoring will spot suspicious people and forgotten or abandoned objects among the travelling masses.

Records show accidents in the metro dropped from 4,928 to 2,720 between 2000 and 2013. Eight major incidents on the network left eight dead and 88 wounded in 2013.

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