Conway Security Products designs new camera for transportation sector

A prime usage of this camera will be surveillance at bus and tram stops. Chris Newman, a director of Conway, said: “Many bus shelters on key routes have been identified by fleet operators and police as being the targets of persistent vandalism. These incidents not only affect people's decisions as to whether to use public transport but also stretch maintenance budgets. Conway see the camera unit as being of particular value at transfer locations, termini and park-and-ride lots.”

Conway has a long-established reputation in the custody CCTV market and a lot of the features incorporated in the CM180 come from products that are installed in prisons and police stations around the world.

The camera is manufactured from a steel frame that is designed to fit into irregular corners and features a front panel consisting of a machined steel plate with a Lexan viewing window.

With 550TVL and a high-resolution 1/3 inch CCD, the camera meets current police demands for image quality, with agencies wanting to see the details of crime such as passing of drugs and receiving of money. There is also a demand for detail that will identify those involved for judicial purposes.

Maintenance costs are reduced by the fact that in the event of a camera requiring a service, there is no need to remove the whole assembly from the shelter as with traditional designs. The engineer simply removes the camera from its frame which is held in place using security fixing, and replaces it with a new one. If the unit cannot be replaced immediately the engineer can use a cover plate to secure the installation until he returns. A task that previously could have taken a couple of hours can now be achieved in five minutes using a couple of tools.

The CM180 is available in a variety of special paint finishes to order and these can include colours from the RAL colour matching system to replicate a transport company’s livery.