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Feature Article - Making bus trips safer and smarter
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Since the 1990s cross-border transportation has been encouraged and a number of bus and coach companies have sprung up to carry passengers all over the continent. Now, buses and coaches account for 55% of public transport in Europe and the bus and coach industry employs around 8 million people throughout Europe.*

 

At the same time the fear of terrorism and other attacks is always in the back of travelers’ minds, especially in inner cities. This means that security measures are much more important to transportation companies now, and there are a number of solutions available to make buses and coaches more secure. However, there’s also an added extra – due to the development of smart technologies using AI, surveillance equipment can also be used to gain useful information. For example, a people counting camera on a bus can help operators to determine schedule and even routes to maximise their effect, once they know the flow of passengers getting on and off the bus.

 

Equipment mounted on a public transportation vehicle needs to have certain characteristics. It needs to be able to operate in changing environments – both in terms of the moving vehicle and potentially changing power voltage levels. Hikvision’s range of mobile cameras, both IP and analogue are designed with this in mind – including airbag technology, reinforced cameras and silicon pads to increase shock absorption. All of these things work to ensure the sharpest images are captured, no matter how rough the ride. They also have a wide range isolated power supply to adapt to sudden voltage changes, low voltage detection or voltage surge protection.

 

The other important element of a mobile solution is the fact that a bus or coach is constantly on the move. This means that data needs to be transmitted using wireless networks, often 4G. This is optimised by dual-card design and zero channel functionality, which allows a number of channel sot be combined into one signal, maximising the wireless network available on the move.

 

Finally, all of this data needs to be analysed so that it can be monitored and used for action or business decision in the future. This is where the iVMS 5200 software comes in. It allows operators in a central location to track the vehicles in real time, manage alarms, for example line crossing detection and push instant messages to drivers. All of this can also be managed through a mobile device, making it flexible for all sorts of users and use cases.

 

The combination of robust, specially designed devices and smart  functionalities gives bus and coach operators the edge  in their drive to make public transport as safe as it can be and as efficient as they can make it. From mini dome cameras and people counting inside a vehicle to specially-designed outer-vehicle cameras and from mobile NVRs and a powerful analytical VMS, Hikvision can provide a complete solution to bus and coach operators throughout Europe and help streamline a huge network getting passengers across the continent get from A to B securely and in time.

 

*According to IRU (global industry association for road transport)