Axis introduces world’s first network camera for buses and trains
Axis Communications today introduced the world’s first network camera designed for use in buses and rail vehicles. The AXIS 209FD-R Network Camera is a palm-sized, rugged unit that can resist vibrations and high humidity in mass transit vehicles. The network camera provides crisp, digital video over an IP network.
“There is strong demand from bus and train operators for a cost-effective surveillance solution that helps secure drivers and commuters, and enables evidence to be clearly captured in an event,” says Johan Lembre, Vice President, Product Management at Axis Communications. “The AXIS 209FD-R is an IP-Surveillance solution that meets such demands. It is the first network camera on the market that takes into account the environment and surveillance requirements onboard transit vehicles. The camera also enables operators to set up a system that allows police and alarm central to remotely see what is happening in a vehicle if there is a threat.”
Stockholm Transport, one of the leading bus operators in Europe, is the first to order the AXIS 209FD-R for its entire fleet of more than 2,000 buses. In the beginning of next year, the company plans to install between five and six cameras in each bus.
Measuring only 4 cm high, the AXIS 209FD-R fits in any area of a vehicle. Equipped with Power over Ethernet capability, the network camera uses one Ethernet cable for both power and video, making installation quick and easy. The camera uses progressive scan technology to provide sharp images of moving objects. It delivers up to 30 frames per second in Motion JPEG or MPEG-4 video compression standards. Encased in a tamper-resistant casing, the AXIS 209FD-R can operate in temperatures between 0 ºC and 50 ºC (32 ºF and 122 ºF), and in humidity ranging from 20% to 100%.
The AXIS 209FD-R will be available through Axis’ distribution channels in January 2007.