Growing a safer future: improving transport safety

The world’s population is increasing rapidly with 4.2 billion people living in cities today.

According to research by the United Nations, this trend is set to continue with an estimated 6.7 billion people living in urban areas by 2050 – 68% of the global population.

Some of the world’s largest cities, termed megacities, exceed 10 million or more residents. The UN expects the number of megacities worldwide to increase from 31 to 43 by 2030. Seoul in South Korea is a megacity with a population density almost twice that of New York. The wider Seoul metropolitan area is home to over 25 million residents, making up half of South Korea’s population.

The rapid increase in urban population has placed a significant strain on infrastructure, especially transportation networks. While cities face multiple challenges in trying to keep pace with an ever-increasing population, the problem of overcrowding, liveability and people mobility has become the daily norm for many and a significant safety risk.

Halma is helping these urban areas better manage overcrowding and develop safety solutions to help protect people as they go about their daily lives.

BEA’s LZR™ system

Installed across the KORAIL Metro network in Seoul, BEA’s laser scanner sensors are helping protect passengers.

Thousands of these compact laser scanner sensors have been installed to secure the safety of the gap between the platform and the platform screen doors. These sensors are preventing people from becoming trapped or blocked between the platform and the door.

Together with other Halma companies, BEA is helping to make the world a safer place for millions of people every day.