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Moxa’s IP CCTV solution for Taiwan BRT systems

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Moxa Inc. has supplied a complete IP CCTV solution for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in Taichung, Taiwan.

Public transportation has been an important focus for city development in recent years to improve traffic management and quality of life. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems are popular thanks to their low cost, high flexibility, high efficiency, and shorter development time compared to railways or MRTs.

The city of Taichung, Taiwan has invested in six BRT lines that will operate in 20 or more sections of the city. An important part of ensuring that the BRT system works reliably and efficiently is the implementation of a video surveillance system that encompasses every aspect of the BRT line, including stations, buses, and control rooms.

Although IP CCTV video surveillance systems are now commonplace in cities around the world, not all systems are created equal. Key requirements for an IP CCTV system to be suitable for use with a BRT system include: produce a clear live video display with high frame rate; support effortless video recording; support real-time video sent from stations to the control room; allow control room operators to easily locate video data from specific cameras at specific times; and have an interface that can be integrated with other traffic control systems.

Taking into consideration the hierarchical nature of BRT systems, the best solution for this kind of application is to use a centralised video management interface together with a distributed recording server.

When the entire system is up and running, the CCTV systems in each station should connect with the CCTV system in the control room, with operators in the control room expected to watch live video feeds from cameras installed in each BRT station and along the bus route. Events triggered at any part of the video surveillance system should automatically alert operators in the control room.

The choice of camera is also a major concern when building surveillance systems for BRTs. Unlike residential video surveillance systems, surveillance camera solutions for BRT systems require a variety of camera types to be installed in different parts of the system. For instance, mini dome cameras are recommended for ticket vending machines while PTZ dome cameras are suitable for station platforms. When designing a BRT surveillance system, it is important to choose industrial-grade hardware with enhanced reliability.

Moxa’s IP CCTV solution for BRT systems

Moxa’s IP CCTV solution includes industrial-grade IP cameras and proven large-scale video management software. The system provided to Taichung will be used in the BRT control room as well as at more than 40 BRT stations scattered throughout the city.

Products used in the system include VPort 26A-1MP-T: Industrial-grade HD fixed dome camera; VPort P06-1MP-T: Industrial-grade HD mini dome camera; SoftNVR-IA and SoftCMS: Flexible video recording and management solutions; IKS-6728-8PoE: 24+4G-port Gigabit modular managed PoE+ Ethernet switch; and ioLogik E2242-T: Ethernet Micro RTU Controller with 4 analogue inputs and 12 configurable DIOs.

Moxa’s IP CCTV solution offers sophisticated software solutions such as SoftNVR-IA for a full function NVR server, and SoftCMS for centralised video management; complete camera product portfolio with fixed dome, mini dome, and PTZ dome options; industrial-grade MTBF; and 5-year warranty for fixed cameras and 3-year warranty for PTZ cameras.

By their very nature, transportation systems generally have cameras installed over a wide area and at remote locations, making it difficult to send technical support engineers into the field to handle maintenance tasks. This is one of the main reasons why it is especially important to use camera systems that have a higher MTBF. Unlike traditional CCTV solutions, Moxa’s cameras feature an MTBF that exceeds 500,000 hours, which translates into higher reliability. 

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