Mobile video surveillance is forecasted to grow with continuous momentum, triggered by the rising demands for public security and safety. In fact, this technology has been widely adopted by both public and private sectors to protect them from crime. Apparently, the surveillance market has shifted from cable-based CCTV structures to go wireless by adopting network technology. For instance, Tokyo Metro Co. will install IP surveillance cameras in over 3,000 subway vehicles, starting in 2018 or 2019, as an initiative to improve passenger safety for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. TOEI Transportation, the authority of transportation in Tokyo, has launched plans to install surveillance cameras in the ceiling of each subway vehicle to collect video footage for evidence use.
In recent years, there are some waste collection companies beginning the adoption of digital technology to optimize their assets and investments. Since fleets and drivers are critical for the success of such business, it is essential to equip them with an onboard vehicle computer that can maximize route planning, ensure safety on roads, and help perform collections punctually. The implementation of such device is meant to replace manual routing so that the locations for dispatch can be automated to reduce unnecessary mileage, lower carbon footprint and improve customer satisfaction.
With advancements in technology, the role of school buses has become more and more comprehensive, from merely transporting children to security incorporated vehicles. In fact, location-based tracking, attendance assurance and real-time video surveillance of both interior and exterior of the vehicle are among the most discussed requirements for school bus safety, due to risks regarding behavioral concerns of drivers and students while in transit. With the safety concerns in mind, educational organizations are adopting security technologies in their school buses to provide visibility of drivers and children, as well as the GPS/RFID tracking system to keep track of bus/student footprints.
Mission critical workforces and vehicles in fields of law enforcement, fire fighters, ambulance, public transit and rescue teams are often working in remotely hazardous areas where network signals might be poor. However, they have become highly dependent on wireless networks in order to perform their works right. For instance, ambulance staff needs wireless networks to send the video images of the patient to the dispatching hospitals in order to prepare the right treatments. If they experience poor signal or interruption to their network communication, they cannot perform certain duties.
In recent years, the incidents of attempted terror attacks on metro systems have increased at a global level. To assure the safety of the passengers, video surveillance systems for public transit setting seem to be the immediate solution. Being the country with world’s most complicated transit network and highest passenger volume, the metro operators in Japan has initiated a plan to install thousands of surveillance cameras in metro trains for security and safety purposes. To coordinate all the cameras, a rugged and reliable video surveillance gateway for metro system is needed to meet the requirements for integration of multiple IP cameras in order to perform mobile video monitoring with HD resolution.