A new report from the European Commission funded Transport Research & Innovation Portal (TRIP) gives fresh insight into transport security in Europe – highlighting priority areas for research and policy.
Transport systems have always been subject to illicit acts against passengers, freight, infrastructure and vehicles. Research into policy and the technology to safeguard infrastructure and users is therefore critical to respond to emerging risks, such as cybercrime.
This latest theme analysis report from TRIP provides policy makers and researchers with examples of where research in Europe is helping to improve security, reduce casualties and improve the resilience of passenger transport. It focusses on six critical areas of transport security research: threat detection and prevention; crisis management; cyber security, privacy and information and communications technology (ICT) systems; staff security training; cargo security; and passenger security.
The report also identifies important areas and research gaps to focus future efforts. This includes ensuring that developmentsin ICT are applied to transport security purposes and that effective security concepts are transferred across multiple transport modes. For instance, the report highlights the potential for the development of airport scanning technologies to counter threats and monitor security on board passenger trains.
Gareth Horton, TRIP lead analyst said “From relatively minor criminal damage on the premises of transport providers to major acts of piracy, hijacking and terrorism, enhancing transport security and reducing risk is a perennial objective for the EU. I hope that the new report will help researchers and policy makers learn from best practice and target the research gaps identified, enhancing the security and wellbeing of Europe and its population.”
Research projects included in the report are drawn from the online Transport Research & Innovation Portal - a free to access, European Commission funded portal for EU professionals to share and discuss innovations in transport mobility.
About the Transport Research & Innovation Portal
The Transport Research and Innovation Portal (TRIP) is the one single portal for all transport research and innovation conducted at European and national levels. TRIP is segmented by topic area to make information easy to access: Mode, Sector, Evaluation, Technology and Policy.
About The European Comission
The aim of the Commission is to promote a mobility that is efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly and to create the conditions for a competitive industry generating growth and jobs. The issues and challenges connected to this require action at European or even international level; no national government can address them successfully alone. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport works in concert with the European Union Member States, European industry, citizens and stakeholders.