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Million-dollar protection bestowed on Honolulu city buses

Million-dollar protection bestowed on Honolulu city buses

Safety Vision, a solutions provider of mobile video and multimedia fleet automation, was recently awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to install onboard surveillance systems on 302 buses for the City and County of Honolulu. Providing fixed-route public transportation throughout the island of Oahu, The Bus serves 73.4 million riders annually.

Utilizing Safety Vision's next-generation mobile technology, the City and County of Honolulu received the complete transit security solution with Safety Vision's patent pending SafeStor technology. The SafeStor design in the NVR combines the durability of a solid-state drive (SSD) with the extended storage capacity of a rotating drive.

Safety Vision pioneered SafeStor to record to the SSD when the vehicle is in motion, thereby eliminating a common point of failure in many mobile recording devices; writing to spinning storage media as a vehicle encounters instances where shock or vibration specs for storage media can be exceeded could lead to storage media corruption or early drive failure. With SafeStor, the spinning drive does not power up until the vehicle has the ignition turned off as well as two other measures that ensure the vehicle is not in motion. SafeStor then quickly copies the audio, video and metadata from the SSD to the spinning 2.5-inch, mobile-grade drive. Not only does this vastly increase the reliability of the system, it provides redundancy of evidence for critical situations. The RoadRecorder 7000 NVR sports a third recording option, utilizing an optional SD card; the card allows end-user configurations to record either most recent video in a loop-over format, recording until needed, or recording of all latest events.

This technology is complete with wireless video offload capabilities, automatic vehicle location, real-time remote viewing, and a client/server software solution. Outfitted in each bus will be six to eight mobile-rated cameras and Safety Vision's RoadRecorder7000 NVR. Safety Vision's SafetyView viewing software and SafetyNet digital asset management system will supplement the RoadRecorder 7000 NVR, by providing user-friendly video management tools, including wireless video look-in from a remote vehicle; high-speed AES-encrypted wireless video offload; mobile-rated, 2.5-inch hard drives supporting terabytes or 30 days of storage across all cameras; automatic wireless download of triggered events; scheduled wireless downloads of requested untagged video; automatic health status updates; and video management and archival.

The contract's term is for six years; Safety Vision is currently completing the first year's installation of 58 buses; the second, third, fourth and fifth years will equip a total of 200 additional buses; and 44 buses will be equipped the sixth year, totaling 302 buses. “We've provided TheBus with a software interface that's user-friendly, feature-rich, innovative and essential for its transit fleet,” said Account Executive Justin Lindbloom at Safety Vision. “The mobile surveillance system will provide a sense of security for both passengers and drivers; reduce criminal or other threatening behavior, vandalism and theft; reduce liability complaints and other similar risk management issues; increase technological capabilities over time to meet new needs; utilize project management that will enable TheBus to actively monitor project tasks; and deliver detailed training, including technical documentation, user guides, and technical and warranty support for the duration of the multiyear project.”

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