Some people associate the job of a taxi driver with a certain romanticism. Thinking that as the taxi driver is relatively free on the road, he or she gets to know every corner of a city and meets many interesting people every day. Granted, that may be the case in some instances. However, as a taxi driver you never know who your next customer will be and some passenger might be less interested in a quick ride but rather the driverâ€™s daily takings. Albeit statistically less frequent than road accidents or other work-related injuries, robberies are all the more dangerous. In a two-day seminar, taxi drivers can educate themselves on how to react best to certain situations, with a focus on self-protection.
The idea for this innovative security training was developed by consultancy firm CachÄ‚Â©e, who are based near Augsburg. CachÄ‚Â©e is a subsidiary of CachÄ‚Â©e & Wiedemann GbR, which specialises on crisis, disaster and emergency management. In July 2007, the company location also served as the venue for the first seminar of that kind, along the lines of `Security and emergency management in the taxi industryÂ´. The training concept was devised in cooperation between the consulting firm and the professional association of commercial car owners. Dallmeier lent its support to the organisers throughout the implementation of the recording system.
Inside the vehicle used as a simulator, which had been provided by Skoda Auto Germany, the driver's behaviour and reactions are recorded by four Dallmeier MDF3000A-CS high-resolution module cameras on to four DIS-2/M StreamerPro HDD Small video recorders. The compact cameras are ideally suited for this kind of application since their Cam_inPIX image capture technology enables them to quickly adjust to the rapidly changing lighting conditions, which frequently occur inside a moving vehicle. Such a performance is made possible through the innovative sensor concept of the Cam_inPIX technology which is based on the latest Digital Pixel System (DPS) platform. With this technology, the picture information of each individual pixel is converted digitally at the point of capture and processed in the most optimal way. Therefore, even situations with a great range in contrast can be recorded and documented in previously unseen picture qualities. Consequently every detail of the simulated emergency is registered, which is highly important because in a dangerous situation seemingly trivial things can be decisive. After the training, the recorded image material is usually analysed together with the instructor. Thanks to audio transmission the reaction of the driver to the simulated robbery can be assessed even more effectively, since talking can be a particularly useful strategy of de-escalation. However, in doing so, the choice of language is critical because an inconsiderate remark may quickly irritate the raider and increase the likelihood of a violent attack on the driver.
The recorder used for monitoring the driver's behaviour is a one-channel audio and video recorder for analogue cameras and recording is carried out in highest image quality at up to 25 fps. Simultaneously to the recording, audio as well as video data can be transmitted as a real-time stream via a network (RTP protocol). The entire simulation can therefore be viewed live and discussed by the instructor and other participants as it is happening.