Transportation

 

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.

Passengers on-the-go always demand real-time schedule updates and infotainment, and this has driven the widespread deployments of in-train/in-bus PIS (Passenger Information System). The automated PIS delivers audio-visual information such as updated arrival and departure times, potential delays, alternative plans, local weather, news and some entertainment and advertising. Meanwhile, the system must be constantly diagnosed to ensure playback serviceability and reduce maintenance efforts.

Cash-in-transit vans are frequently exposed to high risks of hijacking, heist and violent attacks. In fact, there have been numerous cases that the vehicle is hijacked and results in the casualty of security guards. Since vehicle security and personnel safety are the primary concerns, modern technologies have been adopted to ensure the safety and security of the valuables of cash-in-transit vans from potential threats.

Shuttle services in theme parks have been greatly impacted by the advancements in communication technologies. When passengers are boarding the shuttle buses or trams to different park areas or hotels, they want broadcasted entertainment and multimedia to have the ultimate customer experience. For theme parks to stay competitive, their shuttle services must be equipped with infotainment systems that provide wireless streamed videos, TV commercials and multimedia contents. On the other hand, by taking the passenger safety into considerations, the shuttle services shall also be connected with automated surveillance devices to provide real-time video streaming so that footages of passenger situations are sent to control center wirelessly.

Modern business transporters are undergoing major changes driven by the demand for digitalized and personalized passenger experiences. According to a market analysis released in 2015, the global market for automotive infotainment systems for passenger uses is estimated to surpass US$30 billion by 2020. The rising needs for in-vehicle features controlled by smart device Apps also contributes to the growth of aftermarket automotive integration.

The increasing number of terrorist attacks to public transits has rapidly triggered the awareness of passenger safety. Public transportation like buses and trains in major cities became victimized for bombing. Mass transit operators are urging for a real-time mobile surveillance system to capture what could have been missed throughout the moving buses or subway system

Due to the rising awareness of environmental friendliness, more and more people are taking metro transportations such as subway and mass rapid transit as their primary commuting option. As people are spending more time on trains, and, with the popularity of smart mobile devices, they would like to maximize their time efficiency during their traveling time. Therefore, managements of rolling stock organizations are taking onboard Wi-Fi service into consideration. Regarding signal reliability and rolling stock environment, the most convenient solution is to implement an onboard gateway with wireless network connectivity and processing capability rather than installing a local Wi-Fi network or a satellite-based system. The onboard gateway will act as the Wi-Fi hot spot, so that passengers will have the access while spending time in the trains.

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