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Custom-built IP cameras to boost transport security

Axis- purpose-built cameras
The ability to clearly see facial features
and other identifying characteristics on
each passenger greatly enhances security
Some of the video technology used in the transportation vertical is purpose-built, but the wide range of applications and environments is conducive to a variety of general-purpose technology, too. Leading IP camera makers like Axis, Sony and Panasonic have introduced new products to enhance safety and security of travel in  trains, buses or other public transport systems.

Axis Communications network solution for transportation

Among Axis Communications products designed specifically for the transportation vertical are a third generation of its IP camera (Model P39-R) that is purpose-built for the onboard environment (trains, buses). The new product incorporates the latest technology approaches to ensure superior images in low-light and back-lit conditions. The camera complies with standards required of products installed in rail vehicles, including the EN 50155 standard for electronic equipment.

However, cameras from Axis’ general product line also make their way into the transportation vertical. For example, the Q35 is a newly launched fixed dome that includes next generation of wide dynamic range technology to improve forensic capture of video; Axis Lightfinder technology ensures low-light viewing, and the camera auto-transitions into and out of low-light mode.

Intelligence inside the Q35 and other new video cameras, courtesy of the next-generation processing chip, essentially turns cameras into “computers with lenses,” says Anthony Incorvati, business development manager, critical infrastructure and transportation, Axis. More processing power enables cameras to adapt to low-light conditions but also provides a platform for analytics and other intelligent functions, such as people counting, license plate recognition, alerts about stranded vehicles, etc.

Axis has an open platform that enables third-party developers to create new applications to sit on the edge (inside the camera). Incorvati says that intelligence is currently underutilised. “There’s a platform there for growth; it’s not just a dumb camera. I look at the iPhone as a comparison. Seven years ago, in its early days, there weren’t many apps and people didn’t know. That’s where we are today with IP cameras, and where it’s going.”

 IP surveillance solutions from Sony 

More processing power
enables cameras to adapt
to low-light conditions but
also provides a platform for
analytics and other intelligent
functions, such as people
counting, license plate
recognition and alerts about
stranded vehicles

Sony’s X Series of IP cameras – models SNC-XM632, SNS-XM636 and SNC-XM637 – are rated for use on board buses and trains; ultra-wide-angle lenses can cover the tight spaces inside a bus or train. All of the X Series cameras are vandal-resistant (IK10 rated), rated for outdoor use, deliver full 1080p high-definition video, utilise image stabilisation technology and feature 90dB of wide dynamic range to help improve video quality in harsh lighting conditions. They also feature a built-in microphone, and SD card support provides camera-level storage and redundancy for in-vehicle recording systems.

Sony’s IP cameras are used in many mass-transit systems around the country, including major international airports, light rail and bus systems. Sony’s IP cameras are used to secure transit stations and facilities, and several operators are in the pilot phase for onboard IP surveillance solutions.

Sony’s IP cameras contain the same image sensors found in the company’s broadcast cameras for movies and television. These sensors provide greater resolution at higher speeds.

Sony’s sensors are combined with the company’s various image-enhancement technologies, allowing users to capture clear and bright video in even the most challenging environments. This is particularly important for the transportation industry because many cameras are installed in areas where lighting conditions change drastically in the span of a single day. The ability to clearly see facial features and other identifying characteristics on each passenger greatly enhances security. In addition, high image quality also means that video analytic software can run with a greater level of accuracy, reducing false alarms.

Panasonic HD surveillance i-PRO Transit Solution 

Panasonic’s announced i-PRO Transit Solution is designed to equip transit agencies with the tools they need to address security and operational challenges. Panasonic works to design systems that fit within a customer’s budget while taking advantage of the latest technologies to address security needs. Ruggedised surveillance cameras deliver full HD video with exceptional clarity even in difficult lighting conditions. The system can quickly and wirelessly off-load flagged video files associated with specific incidents from the in-vehicle video recorder, thus eliminating manual tasks and resulting in time and cost savings. The i-PRO Transit Solution is providing public transportation systems with enhanced mobility, situational awareness and the security they require.


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