Dear A.S.S. Editor
The LTA said in a press statement yesterday that a video analytics system which can detect track intrusions has already been on trial at Fajar LRT Station since March this year. The lack of detection measures on the Bukit Panjang LRT network was already under intense spotlight due to the death of a man who fell onto the tracks there in March and was run over by two trains.
The timing of the trial does makes one wonder if the trial was started at Fajar Station, which is part of the Bukit Panjang LRT line, because of the accident. LTA said that the video system was not on during the accident, as they were only trialing the system during off-service hours. SMRT has also responded to the accident, stating that they would take steps to bolster safety along the LRT line, which they operate.
LTA said the video analytics system would issue alerts to the train operators once they detect unusual activity on the tracks. The trial will be assessed for its effectiveness before the LTA decides on the next step.