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Bus video goes beyond student monitoring

Today’s surveillance systems not only record students on multiple channels, many record risky driving behavior, issue alerts for specific events and track buses through GPS. Here are details on these and other specifications from eight companies’ offerings.

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247Security’s Zeus DVR operates with 50% less power consumption compared to other systems, making for a cooler and stable system.

247Security’s Zeus DVR operates with 50% less power consumption compared to other systems, making for a cooler and stable system.

DVR has variable, high frame rate

247Security’s Zeus DVR is the company’s highest functioning product to date, according to Vice President Robert Scott. He says the DVR has a variable and high frame rate, which is important for capturing different types of activity inside and outside of the bus. Zeus will operate from one to seven cameras and support hard drive and solid state storage. In addition, Zeus will operate with 50% less power consumption compared to other systems, facilitating a lower operating temperature.

“A cooler system means longer life to the hard drive, making for a much more stable system,” Scott says.

Zeus supports 247Security’s MiniTrack GPS management solution and its Drive Safe package, which is a G-force triggered event system that enables users to monitor and record driver performance.

The company’s Touchdown video management solution performs a remote DVR health check daily, and users will receive an alert if something is wrong with the system. Touchdown also wirelessly transfers video while capturing GPS data that can be analyzed using MiniTrack. All DVR maintenance can be done remotely through Touchdown.

Visit www.247securityinc.com/td for more information about Touchdown. 


The CoPilot DVR from AngelTrax mounts on the bus’ windshield to monitor driver and student behavior. It also has a camera for exterior bus surveillance.
<p>The CoPilot DVR from AngelTrax mounts on the bus’ windshield to monitor driver and student behavior. It also has a camera for exterior bus surveillance.</p>

Windshield-mount DVR monitors driver behavior

AngelTrax’s new mobile DVR, the CoPilot, includes built-in GPS and G-force and has the same feature base as the company’s Hybrid Quest and Vault DVRs.

“The CoPilot mounts on the windshield right behind your [rearview] mirror, so it focuses on the kids,” President Richie Howard explains. “It’s a two-camera system, and you can add two more cameras and it becomes a full-fledged DVR running on solid state media.”

One of the CoPilot’s two cameras monitors the exterior of the bus, and Howard says that the interior camera focuses on the driver’s behavior, too.

AngelTrax’s Quest DVR is available in one- to four-channel versions, while the Vault has up to eight channels. They feature wireless compatibility and are capable of live video streaming, among other functions.

Howard says Hybrid Quest, the Vault and the CoPilot are MOTOTrax ready. With this video surveillance management tool, users can view such data as the status and location of their vehicles, recent panic events and system health alerts.


Apollo Video Technology’s RoadRunner mobile DVR provides months of onboard storage with hard drives up to 2.0TB.
<p>Apollo Video Technology’s RoadRunner mobile DVR provides months of onboard storage with hard drives up to 2.0TB.</p>

System offers GPS search capabilities, maintenance-free operations

Apollo’s RoadRunner mobile DVR uses advanced compression methods to record up to 120 images per second, and it can record months of video with storage up to 2.0TB. The MRH4 Series records up to four cameras and audio, and the MRH2 Series records up to two cameras and audio.

Company officials say the DVR includes optional GPS, which provides historical mapping features and speed graphs. By selecting a location on the map or a desired speed, video from that location or speed is instantly provided for easily identifying students at pickup and drop-off locations and investigating speed complaints.

The system also includes license-free software with maintenance-free operations, such as fleet-wide time synchronization, remote updates and scheduled system health checks. Users can set alerts for system failures, hard drive status, camera obstruction and other events.


Fortress Mobile Systems’ FM623G hard drive-based and FM621G SD card-based systems enable users to simultaneously view four channels of video and a selected audio channel.
<p>Fortress Mobile Systems’ FM623G hard drive-based and FM621G SD card-based systems enable users to simultaneously view four channels of video and a selected audio channel.</p>

Four-channel systems feature embedded GPS

Fortress Mobile Systems offers a hard drive-based video surveillance system (the FM623G) and a Secure Digital (SD) card-based system (the FM621G). Sales Manager Frank Bowden says the video retrieval process is the same for both systems, but the capacity of the hard drive system is larger.

“We’re carrying SD cards up to 64GB. The SD card system provides a convenient data retrieval process, but if a file is not marked, there’s a risk of it being recorded over in a shorter period of time,” Bowden explains.  

He notes, however, that the SD card system costs less than the hard drive system.

The FM623G hard drive system and the FM621G SD card system enable users to simultaneously view four channels of video and a selected audio channel. They feature H.264 compression, eight independent sensors, and a calendar and event search. GPS is embedded in both systems, and maps can be printed that show a vehicle’s location at a specific time.

In addition, reports can be printed with a variety of information, including stop-arm activations and a vehicle use statement.

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How well does the gps systems record the speeds of the buses amd how often are they checked.

George Tolhurst    |    Oct 09, 2012 06:59 PM

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