Basler cameras help protect schoolchildren around buses
Redflex Traffic Systems (Phoenix, AZ, USA) has chosen Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) IP cameras for its new Student Guardian system that helps to protect children around school buses.
The system is intended to deter drivers in the US from illegally passing stopped school buses, or to hold them accountable if they do.
Student Guardian uses two cameras per school bus, one on the front and one on the rear driver’s side, to monitor traffic while the stop arm of the bus is deployed. Whenever cars illegally pass a school bus, the cameras capture high-definition video and high-resolution images of license plates and drivers.
The Basler 5 Mpixel BIP2-2500c-dn IP cameras can monitor three lanes so that no violation goes unnoticed. The captured image data is then submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.
Several pilot programs using the Student Guardian system are already underway. According to Redflex, Student Guardian can be operated with no upfront capital investment for cities and districts. The program can be fully funded by fines collected for violations.
Redflex already operates more than 2,000 photo enforcement systems in more than 250 cities throughout the US and Canada.
Interested in reading more about surveillance? Here's a compendium of five news stories that Vision Systems Design has published over the past six months.
1. Surveillance system tags and tracks
A CCTV surveillance system created at Ipsotek (London, UK), BAE Systems (Farnborough, UK) and London's Kingston University (London, UK) has been named system of the year at the annual International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) awards, beating off competition from Samsung and Panasonic.
2. Multicamera system supports ground reconnaissance
Using wide-area surveillance systems, high-resolution image data can be used to continuously track people and vehicles.
3. Behavioral recognition system learns what to spot
Engineers at Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS; Houston, TX, USA) have developed video surveillance recognition software that can learn to identify abnormal behavior of individuals in CCTV video footage.
4. Security software automates image analysis tasks
A team of US researchers has developed a system that could enhance the security of airports by automating the analysis of video feeds from security cameras.
5. Aerostat patrols the border
An imaging system mounted on an aerostat has been helping authorities to detect, identify and track individuals suspected of illegal activity along the US border.
-- Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design