Transit Australia Group uses IP cameras to secure its facilities

Background

Named in honour of Queen Victoria, Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state ofAustralia. Transit Australia Group is the largest privately owned public transport company inQueensland,Australia. From bus manufacturing through to the delivery of scheduled, school and chartered services, the company delivers transport products and services to the government, the industry and various communities ofQueensland. Sunbus is one of the bus production entities owned by Transit Australia Group, carrying residents ofSunshineCoast, Rockhampton, Townsville,MagneticIslandandCairns. Additional similar organizations under Transit Australia Group oversee other neighbourhoods, such as Gold Coast and Tweed Shire. Recently Sunbus embarked on a first and foremost surveillance system establishment throughout the facilities.

As this is a depot surveillance project, there are various sections on the premise that need to be covered. ADI was the distributor. After consulting with Kraut Enterprises, VIVOTEK‘s highly valued system integrator partner in Australia, it was decided that the cameras would be placed at the repair centre, the factory, the office building and the entire depot from an aerial view. VIVOTEK IP7361, FD8361, MD7560 and SD7323 were the chosen solutions.

Solution

VIVOTEK IP7361, a 2-Megapixel bullet designed with various outdoor-specific features, such as concealed wiring and tamper detection, was installed at the bus repair and services centre. At the centre, employee safety was the greatest pressing concern. Workers test run the buses on the brake pit. The buses are driven on the pit, so that they can have the brakes tested on them. According to Andrew Kraut, ICT Systems Administrator from Kraut Enterprises, the users found the IP7361 particularly impressive because it offers so much more than he could bargain for. It was affordable, cost-effective and high-performance. Also, with advanced features like multiple streams, ePTZ function, PoE compliance, on-board storage, two-way audio and many more, the IP7361 is an all-in-one, highly versatile monitoring device. As of Q3 2012, VIVOTEK IP7361 will have experienced an upgrade and been replaced with the IP8361, its second-generation model with enhanced features and higher performances.

Inside the factory, Kraut chose the 2-Megapixel, bandwidth-efficient VIVOTEK FD8361 to take on the role of supervising the labourers and the assembly line. Designed for highly professional applications, the FD8361 delivers impeccable image quality with the finest details. In this particular environment, where fast motions and activities are constantly taking place, users would often demand that the camera is capable of capturing as many movements as possible during work hours. However, after work hours, suspicious behaviours and potential criminal activities would be the priority. The FD8361 is equipped with activity adaptive streaming for dynamic frame rate control, which meets the needs of many industrial end-users. For a camera suitable for the industrial vertical market, it also needs to be easily installed at any corner and spot in the factory for easy viewing of the entire scene from every possible angle. The 3-axis mechanical design makes the device perfect for ceiling or wall mount installation. The FD8361 also comes with a vari-focal lens (3 ~ 9 mm), which allows for versatile applications in various types of environments.

VIVOTEK MD7560 was chosen to monitor the traffic in the area of reception and employees or visitors entering and existing the building. With such elegant design, this compact, 2-Megapixel MD7560 does not give out an intriguing vibe to those coming in and out of the premises. The device is also vandal-proof and comes with the tamper detection function, perfect for building surveillance. On the other hand, many system integrators working with VIVOTEK choose the MD7560 and other mobile dome models for various transportation projects, showing strong confidence in the brand and proving the positive reputation of the products.

As for the entire depot, including the parking lot, VIVOTEK SD7323 is set up in the control room for staff to zoom in on passing and parked vehicles in the yard. It is imperative that the users can clearly see and make out the identification numbers on the vehicles in order to be aware of what vehicles they have available for use with their bus routes. The feature of 360° continuous pan and 90° tilt makes the monitoring process smooth and effective. Also, the two-way audio function allows for instant communications between a vehicle operator and an employee in case of an incident. Designed for demanding outdoor surveillance applications and with IP66-rated housing, the speed dome meets the users’ requirement for being able to identify close-up images of distant objects and withstand challenging weather conditions.

Customer Feedback

Andrew is extremely pleased with the performances of the VIVOTEK cameras. According to him, the image quality is impeccable and the technologies implemented on the products are highly advanced and suitable for professional projects as such. "I would definitely recommend VIVOTEK cameras to all other members of the security industry," said Kraut.

Stacey Lien, Chief Regional Sales Manager forAustralia, also pointed out that VIVOTEK highly values the Australian market and is investing more in this territory. "We look forward to working closely with our partners inAustraliaand continuing to deliver effective solutions to all members of the surveillance industry."

VIVOTEK will be exhibiting at Security 2012 Exhibition & Conference inSydneyfrom July 25 to July 27. The booth number is G22.

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