Creating a Safer City: IP Cameras for Public Transportation Security
18.03.2014 - Not only will passengers feel safer but also the good citizens of Szeged will be thanks to the introduction of mobile network video recorders installed inside trams, trolleybuses, ...
Not only will passengers feel safer but also the good citizens of Szeged will be thanks to the introduction of mobile network video recorders installed inside trams, trolleybuses, and buses. Video footage of passenger activity within or accidents outside the cabins can be clearly captured and recorded for post-event evidence.
Szeged, a history-enriched city with a current population of approximately 163,000, is ranked one of the largest cities in the southeast region of Hungary. In its history, Szeged experienced numerous negative social events in the 19th and 20th centuries, mainly caused by either natural disasters or wars. Following these negative events, Szeged has recently rebuilt its beautiful buildings, well-organized streets, and comprehensive public transportation systems, modernizing this city into one demonstrating strong cultural and economic dynamics.
Contributing to the City's Renaissance
Undoubtedly, the public transportation in Szeged has played a significant role in the renaissance of the city, supporting both social and commercial activities. In addition to commuting, the public transportation in Szeged has made a great contribution to the city's development. Trams, trolleybuses, and buses are three key elements that form the public transportation network in Szeged. With the steady development of the city, the traffic volume has consequently increased. Therefore, the safety and security of trams, trolleybuses, and buses are exceptionally important, which may directly impact the safety of the citizens and the prosperity of the city. Considering the pivotal role of public transportation, the city's government has gradually placed increasing efforts and investments in transportation system and infrastructure modernization in recent years, ensuring smooth transportation operations and further enhancing security.
In response to transportation modernization, Szeged Transport (SZKT), a state-owned trolleybus operation company, has acquired numerous new trolleybuses. By seeking professional consultancy with New Line Technologies, a professional Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Integrator, more advanced and intelligent technologies and high quality surveillance systems have consequently been incorporated into these trolleybuses.
Advanced Infrastructure Creates a Safer City
In this project, 110 MD7560D network cameras were employed. The quality and technology that these demonstrate are key considerations highlighting the decision of to use them. With the full support from the local distributor IP Cam Technologies, New Line Technologies has successfully introduced these network cameras on to new trolleybuses for internally and externally monitoring the bus cabins.
The product is a 2-megapixel vandal-proof mobile surveillance network camera developed and specifically designed for transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles. Being compliant with the EN50155 standard for electrical devices installed on railways, the camera can withstand shock, vibration, fluctuations, and conditions present on rapid transit trains, maintaining stable and reliable video during vehicle movement. Featuring a 1600x1200 resolution, the camera can produce extremely detailed and clear images, which can be delivered explicitly, simplifying the identification of people and objects. Video footage of passenger activity within or accidents outside the cabins can be clearly captured and recorded in mobile network video recorders installed inside each trolleybus for post-event evidence.
Safeguarding the 163,000 Residents of Szeged
Sharon Lee, the director of Vivotek's Europe Business Division, maintained: "We are pleased that Vivotek has received this great opportunity to assist in the enhancement of the security infrastructure of SZKT's new trolleybuses." She also thanked the local distributor for implementing full integration of cameras in the preliminary stage. Sharon thought that the cameras proved to be the ideal choice for reinforcing the transportation security of the residents of Szeged and creating a safer city environment. She finished by saying, "In the following stage, additional MD7560D shall be incorporated into old, camera-absent SZKT bus cabins, as well as new bus cabins."