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San Diego Transit System Picks Apollo Video to Outfit Vehicles

The first phase will replace existing transit surveillance systems in 246 fixed-route buses and deploy wireless back-end equipment.

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) picked Apollo Video Technology’s RoadRunner MRH DVR and back-end management software to provide surveillance systems in its fleet of transit vehicles, says a written statement by Apollo.

During the first phase of the project, Apollo Video, of Woodinville, Wash., will replace existing transit surveillance systems in 246 of MTS fixed-route buses and deploy wireless back-end equipment providing fleet-wide data and real-time video streaming.

The new installation will include Apollo Video’s digital video recorders (DVRs), interior and exterior cameras, motion detectors and wireless local area network (LAN) equipment. The contract also includes “vehicle information management” (ViM) software that will supply MTS with vehicle status reports, event logs, on-demand video clip retrieval and automated downloads of event video.

MTS will utilize the MRH8 and MRH12 series DVRs equipped with seven to nine cameras based on the specific bus types. Each camera system supplied by Apollo Video will provide MTS with state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, allowing transit officials to monitor real-time video and location data. To capture potential incidents occurring inside the transit yards overnight, MTS requested that Apollo Video include motion detection capabilities to trigger the system to start recording at the first sign of movement. The passive infrared sensor detects any movement inside the vehicle when the bus is turned off.

“The combination of passive infrared sensors and the ViM software will ensure that MTS has top-of-the line video surveillance management while recording activity on the bus at all times,” said Rodell Notbohm, Apollo Video Technology’s general manager. “Apollo Video is committed to the ever changing landscape of mobile security and the value of making motion detection capabilities and other customized features available to our customers.”

MTS utilized an extensive RFP process beginning in October of 2009 to select Apollo Video as the contractor for the project. The RoadRunner system was then installed on four transit buses as part of a 45-day test phase, which was successfully completed this month.