Los Angeles Union Station

Metro tests security scanners at rail station

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CA) tested a passenger screening system at Union Station this week.

The portable system can scan 600 people per hour to detect weapons and explosives. The two-day test was set up at an entrance to the Red Line.  Passenger participation was voluntary and, unlike the screening experience at airports, riders were allowed to keep their shoes on and leave their laptops, keys, and phones in their bags.

The system includes facial recognition technology, but that feature was not enabled for the pilot test.

“While we’ll never become a fully secured environment like you’d have in the airport, we do want to find a way to more effectively screen passengers,” said Alex Wiggins, Metro chief systems security and law enforcement officer. “We are trying to stay ahead of the threat.”

Metro will use the results from the two-day test to decide whether to invest in the system, which was developed by Evolv Technology. The devices cost approximately $60,000 each, and Metro would need about 20 just to secure Union Station. Link to full story in Los Angeles Times.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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