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Orange County Opts for Turnkey Solution Video Surveillance Helps Ensure Safe Public Transportation System for Passengers a...
“One of our key requirements was to be able      Turnkey                                          The recorders are equipp...
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Orange County Transit Wireless Bus Video Surveillance

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Case study review of the advanced bus surveillance system deployed by Orange County Transit including fleet equipment monitoring, wireless data extraction, and live video streaming to police cars.

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Orange County Transit Wireless Bus Video Surveillance

  1. 1. Orange County Opts for Turnkey Solution Video Surveillance Helps Ensure Safe Public Transportation System for Passengers and Employees The award winning Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has When a decision was made in 2004 to deploy video surveillance on its bus fleet, OCTA a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading public transit systems in executives decided against burdening their the U.S. Winner of the American Public Transportation Association’s 2005 maintenance personnel with video retrieval, equipment inspections and system manage- Outstanding Public Transportation Achievement Award, the OCTA excels ment. They opted for a turnkey solution that would provide them with all of the benefits in safety, reliability and customer satisfaction. of video surveillance without spreading themselves too thin. Providing the three million residents of Orange County with a consistently high level The OCTA set itself up for success initially of transportation service is made possible in by engaging a video security consultant part by focusing on the core competencies to help identify its needs and provide an associated with the efficient operation of a overview of the state of video security public transit system. technology.T R A N S F O R M I N G T H E W AY YO U V I E W YO U R B U S I N E S S
  2. 2. “One of our key requirements was to be able Turnkey The recorders are equipped with 150 hoursto wirelessly download one-half hour of video As part of the turnkey approach preferred of onboard storage, providing the OCTAin less than 10 minutes,” says Brian Champion, by the OCTA, the administration and mainte- with sufficient time to download video toOCTA Manager of Operations Analysis. nance of the system was contracted out to a central server for longer-term storage March Networks. Using the system’s powerful following a reported incident.“We invited five vendors to install their Enterprise Service Manager software, Marchsystems on three buses, so we had a total of Networks staff remotely monitor the health Over the next three years, the OCTA plans15 buses equipped,” says Champion.“We ran of the system, including the wireless networks to equip approximately 500 new buses withthem in service for six months, evaluated and storage devices, perform system upgrades March Networks 5308 mobile recorders.their performance, shortlisted three of them and present OCTA management with video The deployment of video surveillanceand then, based on performance and value, clips of incidents to be reviewed. systems began in December 2006 withwent with March Networks™.” the delivery of 32 paratransit vehicles and March Networks 24/7 Network Operations the first of 299 fixed route buses to joinParticipating in the evaluation and the Center staff are able to identify and initiate the authority’s fleet.ultimate decision were technical services action on system issues before they can affectpersonnel, field supervision and information performance, thereby minimizing downtime “We are planning to replace almost all ofsystems staff. and helping to ensure that video is available our buses within the next 10 years, so we when it is needed. decided on timing the deployment of video ➥“We have a very safe system, and the decision to acquire video surveillance capability is a proactive step to ensure that we continue providing a safe public transportation system for our employees and passengers.” - Art Leahy, OCTA CEO Photography by Dennis Davis REPRINTED FROM March Networks News © 2 0 0 7 • www.marchnetworks.com • 1-800-563-5564 • 1-613-591-8181
  3. 3. surveillance to coincide with the deliveryof our new vehicles,” says Champion.Each 40-foot, New Flyer bus joining thefleet will be equipped with seven cameras,two microphones and two impact sensors.Video can be flagged for automatic down-loading by a bus driver pressing a buttonon the vehicle’s instrument panel or by aMarch Networks managed services techni-cian scheduling a download by specifying atime, date, and vehicle number in responseto an incident report. Video will also be flag-ged for downloading by impact sensors inthe event of a collision.Two microphones – one located at the frontof the vehicle, the other in the wheelchairsecurement area near the back door –capture audio to provide transit managementwith a more complete record of any incident.RuggedizedThe ruggedized, IP65-compliant recordersare designed to withstand the harsh mobileenvironment and come equipped witha climate controlled chassis and built-inback-up battery.The OCTA configuration also features motiondetectors that power up the recording systemif motion is detected while the bus is notrunning. Two day/night cameras on eachvehicle ensure that quality video is capturedunder any lighting conditions.An integrated global positioning systemallows OCTA staff reviewing video to seethe exact location of a bus on a map adjacentto the video playback window in the user Compartment behind driver’sinterface. seat houses recorders and other electronic systemsThe OCTA decided to equip its fleet withvideo surveillance capability to enhancepassenger and employee safety and to Orange County Transportation Authorityprovide objective evidence of any incidents. The Orange County Transportation Authority (www.octa.net) provides a broad spectrum“We have been very fortunate in Orange of transportation services within a 798-square mile region south of Los Angeles. ItCounty,” said OCTA CEO Art Leahy.“We operates a fleet of 896 buses on 77 routes, recording approximately 67 million boardingshave a very safe system, and the decision per year. The Authority is also responsible for funding, planning and constructionto acquire video surveillance capability isa proactive step to ensure that we continue management of highways and is one of five counties responsible for the managementproviding a safe public transportation and operation of the Metrolink commuter rail system in the greater Los Angeles region.system for our employees and passengers.” ✹ REPRINTED FROM March Networks News © 2 0 0 7 • www.marchnetworks.com • 1-800-563-5564 • 1-613-591-8181

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