Background classical music is to be played over the public address systems of 35 London Underground stations maintained by Metronet in an effort to deter people not intending to travel from loitering in the stations. Tests at four District Line stations found that reports of physical and verbal abuse fell by a third when CD players were linked to the ticket hall speakers.

Danish Railways is deploying video networking software from Verint Systems Inc on København suburban trains to allow staff to monitor passenger areas.

The DVR1A digital video recorder from Dutch firm Bosch Security Systems is a direct replacement for VHS recorders used in security applications. The 80 GB hard disk is equivalent to four tapes, but it is easier to search and avoids the problems associated with moving parts or image degradation.

Transport CCTV network specialist CellStack Systems was renamed Telindus Surveillance Solutions late last year, as part of a strategy for expansion into other sectors by the Belgium-based Telindus Group.

A 1m yuan intruder alarm system has been installed on Shanghai Metro Line 3, which is also being patrolled by a 12-person security team and two guard dogs following a spate of thefts of signal cables.

Barcelona Metro has awarded Gunnebo Entrance Control a contract to provide 63 HiddenGate and six disabled-accessible automatic gates for use on Line 2. The Swedish firm has also won a contract to supply Ascom with 227 turnstiles and 43 accessible gates for use on the Toulouse Metro (RG 2.05 p76).

The latest addition to Townscape Products’ range of outdoor benches is the Victoria, a ’sleek and contemporary’ seat in mild steel which features arm rests designed to prevent it being misused by skateboarders.