Security Industry Association Delivers Recommendations for Cameras Onboard Trains to Federal Railroad Administration

Silver Spring, Md. (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

The Security Industry Association (SIA) recently presented recommendations for the adoption of image and audio recording technologies to strengthen investigations and accident prevention efforts onboard U.S. passenger and freight trains before an advisory committee of the Federal Railroad Administration.

The newly formed SIA Transportation Policy Working Group made its recommendations by invitation on Oct. 29 to the FRA Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), which is formulating a federal requirement for equipping lead train cabs with cameras and recording devices. RSAC was formed in 1996 to develop regulatory proposals to address safety issues, comprised of both public and private stakeholders within the rail community.

The SIA presentation provided an overview of available technology provided by the security industry for rail and mass transit applications and addressed long-term technology considerations RSAC may wish to consider. It focused on the importance of maintaining interoperable interfaces and capability to integrate with other train systems as well as detailed technology building blocks, such as high-quality images and secure data storage, which are necessary to accomplish the goals outlined by the FRA.

These goals include improving accident/incident investigation, evaluation of employee fatigue, distraction and interaction, and providing assistance for employee training and testing.

“A carefully considered requirement for camera technology onboard passenger and freight trains would go a long way to ensuring the safety and security of people and material traveling U.S. railways,” said SIA Director of Government Relations Jake Parker. “The security industry is ready to assist our nation’s railroads in preventing and mitigating any accidents, crimes or disasters along our railways.”

Parker is available to discuss the importance of audio and video technologies to railroad safety and security in response to media requests. The SIA presentation to RSAC is available online at

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended using image and audio recording technologies to strengthen investigations and accident prevention efforts in response to an alarming number of recent fatal rail incidents throughout the country—in Chatsworth, Calif.; Red Oak, Iowa; the Bronx in New York City, and other locations.

In March 2014, the FRA tasked RSAC with developing a federal requirement for the adoption of recording technologies by trains, to be reported by April 1, 2015. The next meetings to address this issue are scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10 at the National Housing Center, 1201 15th St., NW, Washington D.C. The meetings are open to the public.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 500 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.

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NXP SmartMX2 Card Platform Achieves Highest Level of Security for MIFARE Applications

Eindhoven, Netherlands (PRWEB) October 27, 2014

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today announced that its SmartMX2 technology is the world’s first secure smart card platform with MIFARE Plus and MIFARE DESFire EV1 functionality to be certified at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 5+, the highest level of security offered for MIFARE applications. Achieving EAL5+ certification on MIFARE applications based on SmartMX2 enables services to be taken to the next level – providing, for example, security for electronic health cards or identity cards with a combination of payment and access functionality and/or opening up doors to develop new secure services in banking, e-Government identification, transportation, micro payments, loyalty tracking and more.

“Advanced security is paramount as smart cards quickly transition to all encompassing, multiple-application cards. Being able to offer secure MIFARE applications on SmartMX2 is the next evolutionary step towards this development,” said Ulrich Huewels, senior vice president and general manager, secure identification solutions, NXP Semiconductors. “Securing EAL 5+ certification reaffirms NXP’s commitment to delivering secure connections – ensuring that personal and financial data is protected and safeguarded. Consumers can benefit from the flexibility offered by our MIFARE platforms for payments and access and be confident that their information is secure via our world renowned SmartMX technology.”

Supported by the MIFARE Flex framework, the SmartMX2 family offers developers the convenience of a ready to use solution with the flexibility of a full set of MIFARE Plus and MIFARE DESFire protocol parameters. System designers are also able to optionally use NXP’s common criteria (CC) certified crypto library modules to build their secure applications. Three different certified SmartMX2 platform types support all MIFARE Plus and/or MIFARE DESFire EV1 card data variations and can even be configured with MIFARE Classic to optimize the use of existing infrastructures.

NXP will be showcasing its latest solutions to enable secure connections for a smarter world at CARTES 2014, November 4-6, booth 4M070, Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France.

About SmartMX

SmartMX, the platform of choice for secure and fast data transactions, is a proven solution for contact, contactless and dual interface applications covering eGovernment, banking and public transport. It offers advanced attack resistance and high performance, supported by powerful cryptographic coprocessors and ultra-low-power design. SmartMX solutions use NXP’s Integral Security™ architecture which has over 100 security features and combines powerful co-processors for the highest levels of performance.

The SmartMX2 family follows on the proven reliability and interoperability of SmartMX with a further optimized feature set. SmartMX2 provides a new level of RF excellence to support contactless and Dual Interface solutions. Coming with a Common Criteria EAL 6+ certificate for the majority of family members, customers can rely on an unprecedented level of security provided with these secure microcontroller platforms.


MIFARE is NXP´s well-known brand for a wide range of contactless IC products used in more than 40 different applications worldwide. With more than 150 million reader core components and 10 billion contactless and dual interface ICs sold, MIFARE products are one of the most proven and reliable interface technologies in the market. MIFARE products comply with the international standard ISO/IEC 14443 and are backward-compatible within the product families. This ensures that the existing infrastructure can be smoothly upgraded to higher security and feature levels, such as payment systems, ticketing solutions, loyalty programs, access management, and parking. To further extend the reach of MIFARE products, the MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group brings MIFARE applications into NFC-enabled mobile devices.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) creates solutions that enable secure connections for a smarter world. Building on its expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, identification and mobile industries, and in application areas including wireless infrastructure, lighting, healthcare, industrial, consumer tech and computing. NXP has operations in more than 25 countries, and posted revenue of $ 4.82 billion in 2013. Find out more at


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