What makes this product unique from competitors?
The X3-MDVR supports DIN Connections rather than BNC. Why is that important? A DIN connection is far more sturdy compared to a typical standard CCTV BNC connection and this alone makes a world of difference. Basic CCTV cameras are supplied with a standard BNC (Bayonet) connection which as mentioned is fine for non mobile applications. A 4 Pin DIN connection supplies power, video and audio to the camera from the MDVR in one cable. In other words the MDVR is supplying all power and video needs resulting in less installation time, a solid connection, less cables and a far neater finish.
Our X3-MDVR system is also supplied with a range of optional extras and they include;
Removable HDD bay
SD card backup
Central Management Software (CMS)
Alarm inputs and outputs
If we take a typical suburban bus as an example, to put the driver's mind at ease and depot staff, 4 cameras are installed on the bus. One camera is rear facing or indeed a reversing camera. One camera is aimed toward all passengers, one camera is aimed at the road and another at the bus entry/exit door. So 4 cameras in total although we do have the same system capable of up to 8 cameras if needed.
In terms of the reversing camera, it can be recording constantly or if preferred, connected to the reverse gear fuse. When reverse gear is selected, that particular camera depicts a full screen rear view to an internal driver monitor. The MDVR will also record when that gear is selected otherwise not recording. This is where alarm inputs are needed. Likewise the camera aimed at the door is also recording triggered when the door is opened. Camera recording will cease when the door is closed. With regard to the remaining two cameras, both record continuously as soon as the ignition is switched on and recording can be programmed to STOP say 5 minutes after ignition is switched OFF.
The driver may also have what we call a "panic button" within reach. In the event of a "threatening passenger" or other incident, the driver only needs to press the panic button thus sending a command via 3G to the bus depot control room. The CMS will sound an alert or alarm notification which must be addressed. A control room operator will be able to live monitor all cameras within the bus through 3G. Video recordings from the bus MDVR can be downloaded by 3G to the depot server and retained as evidence or acted upon as necessary. The panic button may also open an audio two way transmission to the bus to advise that Police have been called but also record any internal issue. The built in GPS allows for a real time display of exactly where the bus is at any given time but also playback recordings in sync with the video.
Upon returning to the bus depot, if the proper infrastructure is in place, recording from the DVR can be uploaded via WiFi or the actual HDD cam be removed from the MDVR and interfaced direct with a computer containing the CMS.