MTM used CCTV trailer, drones, to protect big race meet.

MORE than 1000 extra train services running to and from the Melbourne Cup Carnival were monitored by drones and a CCTV trailer, with 10 drone pilots working across the 4 race days.

And a new mobile CCTV trailer, complete with thermal night-time imaging to target vandals and trespassers, was also be used along the Flemington Racecourse line.

The trailer includes a 6-metre mast, which carries a zoomable camera as well as a thermal imaging camera, providing clear vision at night or in areas with little or no light. Both technologies will help reduce the impact of train and track faults across the network, getting trains and racegoers moving as quickly as possible.

The drones, which can be called upon at a moment’s notice, will give Metro Trains’ Control Centre staff the best view of the train network, complementing the 9000 CCTV cameras already in place across Melbourne. This is the first time Metro Trains has used its own drone technology.

The vision was monitored by Victoria Police and Metro Trains security staff, who were empowered to act quickly if there was an infrastructure issue or security incident on the track.

“Using drone technology, we’ll be able to get the best possible views of the train network, which carried around half of the 300,000 racegoers who flocked to the Melbourne Cup Carnival,” said Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne.

“We’re always working with our public transport operators to use new technologies that allow us to react quickly to anything that may occur anywhere on the train network.”