Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & SMRT - Public Transport Emergency Preparedness Exercise at Ang Mo Kio MRT station

News Releases 25 Nov 2019 emergency exercise

            The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT will carry out Exercise Station Guard, an emergency preparedness exercise, on Monday, 9 December 2019, 10.00am to 4.00pm at Ang Mo Kio MRT station on the North-South Line (NSL).

2.         During the exercise, all MRT commuters entering the station will be directed towards the fare gates near to  Exit D to undergo security screening. Some commuters may be asked to walk through a metal detector and their belongings will be scanned by X-ray machines. Commuters should factor in additional travel time for the security screening. They should also avoid bringing bulky items, as these may require more time for screening.

3.         LTA will also trial the effectiveness of new security equipment during Exercise Station Guard. Two types of robots, equipped with intelligent surveillance cameras, sensors and video analytics capabilities, will be deployed around Ang Mo Kio station to help detect suspicious personnel and unattended items. The robots, which have been deployed previously at other local events, were developed in Singapore by local security company Oneberry Technologies.


The OB1FORC3 (left) and K3NOBI (right) robots will carry out surveillance activities around Ang Mo Kio station’s exterior premises

4.         LTA, together with our public transport operators, have been conducting Exercise Station Guard at various MRT stations since February 2018 to validate our security measures, contingency plans and operational readiness at public transport nodes during heightened security situations. Similar exercises were previously conducted at Newton MRT station (Downtown Line), Holland Village station (Circle Line), Hougang station (North East Line), Jurong East station (East-West Line) and HarbourFront station  (North East and Circle Line).

5.         Exercise Station Guard is part of the national SGSecure movement to strengthen security in public places and build resilience in the community against security threats. Beyond ensuring operational readiness, Exercise Station Guard also serves to raise public awareness of the security threats which Singapore faces and familiarise commuters with how they should respond in the event of an emergency on the public transport network.


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