October 2020, Vol 001, Issue 04



Lote Notes | Fire Safety & Security in Practice


We begin this 2nd quarter of the 2021 financial year, and final quarter of the calendar year, under considerable duress - both in Australia and around the globe. The preceding months have seen significant social and economic transformation, with particularly notable unrest in the state of Victoria. Fortunately, Australians have largely banded together to combat the spread of COVID-19, and have been successful at 'flattening the curve', as was advertised so relentlessly earlier in the year.

However, despite our success in the battle against COVID-19 from a healthcare perspective (a battle which still requires ongoing vigilance), it isn't as obvious that Australians have won a great deal in socio-economic terms. Businesses almost universally have taken a hit (aside from the odd hand-sanitiser or mask company), especially small businesses, which reported moderate to severe levels of concern about their survivability at levels as high as 74% (ACA Research Statistics from April 24, 2020).

The construction industry, while undoubtedly suffering some blows itself, has remained standing and has become a beacon for the Australian economy. Putting aside issues to do with supply chains, material costs and labour inputs (which undoubtedly did do some damage), the classification of nearly all construction services as 'essential' allowed much of the construction work itself to remain largely unaffected. Where shutdowns did occur, we noted that a proactive strategy for planning for future projects was occurring - a testament to the agility of the industry. In addition, through an aggressive and thus-far-effective strategy, the government has announced and funded a series of projects across NSW, released in tranches, and to the tune of billions of dollars.

Apart from these major projects, there is significant encouragement from key industry stakeholders to fast-track small and medium-sized developments, so that not only the 'big fish' get their share. One such development (that also segues nicely into our topic for this newsletter) is the series of developments being undertaken by rail giant ARTC, 'Inland Rail'.

We have followed these projects closely and are encouraged that ARTC has acknowledged the crucial importance of integrating small and medium-sized businesses, as well as local and Indigenous businesses, into the projects - despite the enormity of the project scope. We hope that this approach will be mirrored in other developments, as it appears to be vital in ensuring all levels of the industry thrive through the crisis, both for themselves and the broader Australian economy.

Finally, to complete the segue: our newsletter for this quarter will focus on the Transport and Infrastructure components of the construction industry. These areas have increased in prominence significantly, with major projects in roads, rail, and air being among them. Our featured articles will explore security considerations for new rail developments across NSW and managing disabled egress at train stations from a fire engineering perspective. We are also fortunate to have an article from our partner organisation, Mosen Global, on the development of innovative technologies in transportation. We hope these articles are of use to you, and look forward to speaking to you about any and all fire engineering, security and tunnel ventilation concerns.

Best Wishes & Stay Safe
Dr Amer Magrabi
Managing Director - Lote Consulting | Fire Safety & Security
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Disability Upgrades to Existing Public Train Stations and the Role of an Accredited C10 Fire Engineer Within

Keywords: Transport Access Program, C10 Fire Engineer, Certifier - Fire Safety, Fire and Life Safety, Building & Development Certifiers Regulation 2020.





By Joyce Van

The current Transport Access Program (TAP) is a NSW Government project to upgrade public train stations to meet the requirements of the federal Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT). The Standards set out the minimum requirements for accessibility on public transport and ensure that people with disability have appropriate access to those public transport services.


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Security Considerations for the NSW Rail Infrastructure Network

Keywords: Rail Infrastructure, Licensed Security Consultant, CPTED, Crime Prevention, Cybersecurity, Information Security, Counter Terrorism, Transport Security





By Zachariah Reisch

As NSW becomes more interconnected and densely populated, its needs for transport infrastructure will continue to grow. With numerous road, rail and airport projects being funded in the coming years, many are concerned with the cost, efficacy, or political buying-power of such undertakings. Amidst the storms around these projects lies an issue often overlooked - with an exponentially complex transportation system being developed over the coming years, how should their designers and operators best approach the issue of security?


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Safety of Innovative Vehicles in Tunnels

Keywords: Innovative Vehicles, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Safety.





By Fathi Tarada of Mosen Global

Vehicle technology is evolving quickly, with autonomous cars now a reality, and with an increasing proportion of hybrid and electric vehicles on the road. Such innovation can bring many advantages in the management of traffic flow and the reduction of emissions. However, innovative vehicles can present significant risks to road users, particularly in tunnels. A good understanding of the sources of these risks, and how to mitigate them is essential for manufacturers, designers, tunnel owners and operators, as well as for the fire service.


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NEW VIDEO | The Security Legal Framework in NSW

Keywords: NSW Security Legal Framework, Security Industry Act 1997, Security Industry Regulation 2016, Security License.



By Original Article & scripting by Dr Maher Magrabi, Design by Irfan Khan, Voiceover by Zachariah Reisch

As a part of Lote's ongoing commitment to the dissemination of information that makes our industry smarter and safer, we have developed a new informational video regarding the legal framework of security in NSW. This short video provides an understanding of the requirements for those providing security services and is useful for anyone who engages with security consultants, or indeed security consultants themselves who may be unclear about licensing requirements and the risks of operating without the appropriate accreditations.


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More News Articles


Amendments in Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979

Developments under the Crown or on behalf of the Crown formerly certified under Section S109R of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 have been amended to Section 6.28(2) as of 1 March 2018.

Whilst the legislation itself has not been amended in terms of principle or outcome, the new Act was amended to provide easier navigation and understanding.


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Over 54,000 NSW driver's licenses exposes online dueto open cloud storage

By Kevin Nguyen and Josh Bavas of The ABC

In late August it was discovered that government transport management had left approximately 54,000 front-and-back scans of drivers' licenses available online through open cloud storage.

This article by the ABC covers the breach and highlights the fact that numerous actors can juggle culpability in this situation, revealing a lack of accountability in a system with glaring security oversights.


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Rail Networks are Likely Targets for Hackers - How and why their security isn't as robust as you might think

By Rosie Perper of Business Insider Australia

Rail networks are increasingly expected targets for attack as time goes on, largely due to a disconnect between modern-day monitoring components and archaic physical components of the system.

Read more on this article to see how concerns regarding complexity in our rail networks might play out in the coming years.


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Hacking Fears for Transportation Infrastructure - Our Data may be Vulnerable

By News Line Australia

As state transportation bodies continue to come under threat from cyber-criminals, this article examines a recent breach in relation to the bodies' broader commitment to security.

Given their possession of the bank account and identity details of thousands of Australians, the information within is of serious concern.


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How Poor Security in the Private Sector Hurts our Entire Transport Infrastructure Network

By Paul Smith of The Financial Review

Twice this year, logistics giant Toll Group has been held hostage by ransomware that has disrupted its operations for days at a time.

With the degree to which our national transportation infrastructure relies on private organisations to deliver key services, we need to understand that cyber-breaches for such groups will continue to have a major impact on the broader system, not just the company itself.


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Transport for NSW's Safety Advice

By Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW offers methods for safer travel on their website for all associated types of transportation.

This information is useful to understand how TfNSW sees the security environment and its possible threats, as well as ways professional services can integrate with the system to bolster its security without compromising on project delivery.


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