Adelaide Railway Station Refit

I am always impressed with the way they do things in Germany. From their recycling culture to the way bicycle paths are organised as half the footpath rather than between parked cars & traffic as we do, and now a new impressive initiative: distinctive red obelisks on every U-Barn or subway platform with an automatic defibrillator fitted that can save your life in the event of a heart attack. It also can summon help. Now, I wonder, with the new Adelaide Railway station currently closed for expensive renovation, will they include technology like this here? The new devices lead you through the process, analyse your heartbeat and will not administer a shock unless it is needed. High definition ideally-3D CCTV surveillance is another technology that could benefit public safety on our public transport at the refitted train station. I can hope but I fear that Government would put such initiatives in the too-hard basket. What do German tourists coming to Adelaide make of how we do things?



About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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2 Responses to Adelaide Railway Station Refit

  1. Deborah cramer says:

    Hi Peter,
    I find your comments ambiguous – ” i can hope – ” what?” but fear ” what ” – you need to be more specific rather then leaving us to extrapolate what you are saying! Also, what are the similarites and disimilarites between Australia and Germany . Your conclusion is niot spelt out. I am left to paraphrase!Defibrillator devices on trains- can Adelaides small population support such extraordinary measures! What are the statistics of cardica arrest on a train and the cost of installing these devices? How many people recognize a cardiac arrest? What does it matter what German tourists make of our apparent slack ID surveillance devices? Are these necessary ? Do they breach civil liberiteis?
    I suspect you are only shit stirring- come and join me in some philosohy courses!


    • adelaidepete says:

      Thanks for your comment Deborah. Interesting that you interpret a note of cynicism as “shit stirring” or “ambiguity”. My article was principally intended to advance a suggestion although it really should not be necessary. If only Government and other decision makers were to look around for best practise before finalising plans. Modern defibrillators can work out if your having a heart attack or not. They are increasingly turning up in airports everywhere because they are very effective and cost effective so there is no reason that logic should not also hold at train stations and other transport infrastructure hubs. Portable ones cost around $3500 although I’d expect the multi-function obelisk-style with integrated two-way video intercom help to cost somewhat more. A recently cited statistic is that second heart attacks alone cost the Australian economy around eight billion dollars a year. The new station has just opened but that does not mean that we could not start to institute the idea there and at similar venues.

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