Thursday, December 17, 2015

Attacks: SNCF experimenting with new technologies for … – The Blog of Jean-Marc Morandini (Blog)

The SNCF experimenting with new technologies to detect behavior or suspicious baggage, has she said, while calling for assigning new powers to its security officers, as provided a bill for debate in the Meeting.

Given the “exceptional nature” of the threat of terrorism after the attacks in Paris, SNCF eg testing a behavioral analysis software that could be integrated with its 40,000 surveillance cameras, detailed the Secretary General the public company Stéphane Volant.

It is based “on the change in body temperature, the shrug of voice or the staccato nature of gestures that can show some anxiety,” he has described.

The leader stressed that the current trial is conducted in several stations “in accordance with the law and under the supervision of the National Commission of Information and Freedoms (CNIL).”

“It tests whether it identifies people who have a negative intent, an attacker or a jobber + +, but also the social acceptability,” to see if travelers are willing to accept such technology, once lifted the emergency rule.

Cameras that detect suspicious packages since stayed too long on the ground are also being tested.

The SNCF also questions the possibility of equipping its portable cameras agents. They could both identify fraud or suspicious behavior, but also, if necessary, verify afterwards the conformity of the actions of agents with the code of ethics and professional conduct of the SNCF and the law.

In the spring, an application should be launched to allow travelers to launch the alert from their smartphones in case of suspicious behavior.

Furthermore, SNCF supports the legislation under consideration in the Assembly safety in transportation. The text would allow the SNCF security officers and RATP to conduct security pat-downs or searches of luggage with the agreement of the passenger.

The Defender had Friday expressed “serious reservations on some key provisions” of the bill that give according to him the “public security tasks to private security guards” of the SNCF and RATP.

“The Defender of Rights is in its role,” responded Stéphane Volant, emphasizing the ethical code of the SNCF, and the importance of the partnership established with SOS Racisme to frame any such searches and pat-downs.


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