Vice President of Sales
Seon Design Inc.
Terrorist threats, shootings and driver attacks dominate today’s news headlines. Most public transit organizations we work with are putting together detailed plans that use on-board surveillance technology to address those security concerns. These plans include not only equipping every bus in their fleet with a surveillance camera system, but increasing the number of cameras on each bus, integrating live GPS tracking, and enabling real-time video streaming to ensure driver and passenger safety at all times. Transit operators are demanding more from technology, and mobile surveillance suppliers like Seon have responded by developing sophisticated, integrated surveillance systems.
Digital video recorders (DVRs) are becoming more complex and intelligent to allow for activation of specificcameras based on certain events. For example, a camera positioned to capture the driver can be deactivated under normal conditions and activated when an incident occurs to record at high resolution, high frame rate and high image quality. This video quality has proven critical in investigations into driver attacks,and helped identify attackers. That same camera, along with associated audio, could also be chosen as the camera used to stream video in real-time in an emergency situation. And integration with various ITS components allows for the increase in security and safety for the driver, while leveraging existing ITS investments.
Enterprise-grade video management software makes video retrieval hassle-free with automatic Wi-Fi downloads and protects the chain of custody of sensitive footage through restricted access permissions. It delivers advanced DVR health reports, even including individual camera loss, and highlights system problems immediately to ensure capture of all on-board incidents.
Many transit agencies are facing increased demands for video from their exterior cameras to assist law enforcement in crime investigations. DVRs support multiple cameras to ensure complete coverage both in and outside the bus and those support high-definition cameras for detailed surveillance activities are also in demand.
Video playback software has advanced to support detailed security investigations, with a digital zoom feature to help in identifying and prosecuting perpetrators. The software allows you to see additional telemetry information recorded by the DVR such as GPS location, as you review the video. Videosynchronized with mapping software can be very useful in retrieving key details about onboard incidents, or pinpointing the exact location where a security breach occurred.
Live viewing capabilities of DVRs can assist in getting real-time information on what’s happening inside the bus in an emergency situation. Transit security personnel can tap into a live video stream from any camera on the bus from virtually anywhere — on the road or in the office — to troubleshoot life-threatening situations in real time. This live video streaming service has become critical in ensuring driver and passenger safety.
With advancements in image quality and DVR functionality, system health reports, live GPS tracking, and live video streaming, transit operators have the tools to ensure safety.
Working with increasingly tight budgets and limited resources, public transit organizations turn to video technology and analytics to gain better insights and performance measurements on how to improve fleet operations.
According to the National Safety Council, 23 percent of all collisions in 2011 involved mobile phone usage, resulting in 1.3 million collisions. In addition, a recent SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index study found mobile phone usage continues to be a top distraction at 27 percent among the most distracted drivers.