Doktor Jons Guide to The Use and Application of CCTV & IP Video - a unique resource providing information and advice on  the modern use of CCTV video surveillance
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Rail sector CCTV surveillance needs have changed according to Axis Communications

Rail sector CCTV surveillance needs have changed according to Axis Communications

Network video can help provide a solution to the changing CCTV surveillance needs of the rail sector claims Axis Communications, the global leader in network video.


Faced with a daily battle against onboard violence and vandalism, rail authorities have an increasing need for surveillance, both onboard trains and at stations, to help protect the safety of their staff and passengers as well as the infrastructure itself to ensure services keep running.

David Thomasson, Northern Europe transportation business development manager, Axis Communications said: "The surveillance needs of the rail sector are diverse and extremely complex and have changed over the last decade.

"Cable theft is increasingly a major security issue for this sector. The British Transport Police has claimed that it is their second highest priority after terrorism and Network Rail revealed that its passengers were delayed by a total of 6,088 hours last year because of it.

"Rail authorities continue to fight an array of security issues on a daily basis, while customers expect the same level of security protection from the moment they arrive at the station to start their journey until they disembark at their destination."

In addition to these daily challenges, rail authorities also have to meet the diverse surveillance needs of various organisations. The station could be owned by one company, the trains operated by another and the infrastructure, track and tunnels owned by yet another. The range of functionality offered by network video cameras can help the disparate organisations that operate a rail network meet many of these surveillances challenges they face."

The role played by surveillance in providing the vital footage which underpins all of these organisations' needs from security, safety and operational management functions is crucial.

Network video cameras offer rail authorities a variety of functionality that can provide onboard surveillance, help solve footage storage issues and provide detection in difficult light conditions:

* Corridor format - In many surveillance situations, a rail operator may need to monitor an area that is more vertical than horizontal in shape e.g. platforms, passageways and escalators. The traditional landscape format is not the optimal solution as it creates video streams where a large part of the field of view - specifically the sides of the image - is redundant. Network video enables corridor format and helps to maximise the field of view and potentially reduce the number of cameras required.

* Edge storage - This is where the recorded video is stored, 'onboard' the camera. It is particularly useful for remote locations where there is intermittent or no network availability.

* Thermal imaging - Detection is a fast growing area of surveillance and thermal cameras offer 24x7 detection in extreme conditions such as complete darkness, smoke and areas in shadow.

To hear David Thomasson talk about the complex surveillance needs of the rail sector and how network video can help, go to the following link:

Axis Communications is the global market leader in the network video market. The network camera market is set to have a CAGR of 27 per cent per year over the next five years. The world market for video surveillance products is forecast to be worth more than $14,474 million by 2014 according to industry analyst house IMS Research ( ) in its latest market report entitled 'The World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment 2009 Edition' published in August 2009


About Axis
Axis is an IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations. The company is the global market leader in network video, driving the ongoing shift from analogue to digital video surveillance. Axis products and solutions focus on security surveillance and remote monitoring and are based on innovative, open technology platforms. Axis is a Swedish-based company, operating worldwide with offices in more than 20 countries and cooperating with partners in more than 70 countries. Founded in 1984, Axis is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange under the ticker AXIS.

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