Camera features day/night setting
Radio Engineering Industries Inc. (REI) offers a new high-resolution stop-arm camera that captures the license plate information of motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
The camera’s exclusive day/night setting makes it unique, according to the company, as this feature automatically detects the amount of light and switches settings for optimum viewing of the license plate. The camera also has a built-in heater and is weatherproof, and its cast aluminum housing makes it durable.
REI recommends integrating the stop-arm camera with the company’s BUS-WATCH mobile video surveillance system and A.R.M.O.R.-VMS software solution in order to capture and record the stop-arm violation information for future reference.
By utilizing A.R.M.O.R.-VMS, users can set safety alerts to capture violators. Officials say that the software provides user-friendly tools to download and share violator information, such as license plate, car color, make and model, and passenger description.
Radio Engineering Industries Inc.
System automates stop-arm detection, citations
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and AngelTrax have formed a strategic alliance that aims to reduce injuries and fatalities from illegal school bus passing.
The alliance brings together ATS, which provides road safety camera solutions, with AngelTrax, which provides mobile surveillance technology for school buses and other industries.
Officials say that the partnership will enable both companies to leverage core strengths to produce a robust, high-quality product specifically designed to reduce school bus stop-arm running.
Under their agreement, ATS’ turnkey, automated School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement Solution CrossingGuard will be powered by AngelTrax’s IntelliGuard Stop Arm Enforcement Camera System.
Officials say that everything from violation detection and capture to citation processing can be done automatically with the ATS/AngelTrax system. It automatically detects when a driver illegally passes the bus, and the event is marked and stored on the hard drive. The footage can also be wirelessly transferred (depending on the setup of the unit) and processed automatically using ATS’ back-end CrossingGuard system.
American Traffic Solutions
Exterior camera records in high definition
Seon Design has launched an IP67-rated, high-definition (HD) outdoor bus camera.
Company officials say that the new CHW HD camera, combined with the new MX-HD five-channel DVR, is targeted for applications in which image clarity is imperative.
The small, rugged camera features a weatherproof metal housing that is built to withstand harsh conditions, including bus washing.
With a 16mm lens, the CHW HD can capture license plates across a wide field of view, making it an ideal solution for catching stop-arm violators, according to the company.
The camera provides 1280x720 pixel resolution using progressive scan technology. It also features a 350-degree rotating gimbal to support vertical and angular mounting.
The MX-HD DVR offers a 720p HD video channel and four analog DI video channels with audio (each channel records up to 30 FPS). It stores up to 750 GB.
Seon Design Inc.
247Security’s exterior camera solutions are designed to work in conjunction with the company’s traditional school bus camera systems and its renowned TOUCHDOWN wireless management system.
Integrated with the company’s GPS-based solutions, one 247 system can serve all video needs inside and outside the bus.
Officials say that the new exterior camera is also a good alternative for third-party revenue generation solutions.
System shoots clear evidence of violations
Fortress Mobile offers a high-resolution digital video surveillance system that can provide clear evidence of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses.
The stop-arm solution allows users to simultaneously view up to four internal and up to three external cameras with a selected audio channel, GPS map with vehicle location and sensor data. Users can locate, retrieve, view, save and share any captured video data.
Company officials say that with its precisely mounted digital cameras and high-quality equipment, the Fortress Mobile stop-arm solution captures not only the bus-passing violation, but also the vehicle’s license plate, identifying characteristics and driver.
The system offers internal as well as external cameras, so users can view students inside the bus and stop-arm violations outside of the bus from the same playback software.
The cameras capture footage in 1280x720 resolution.
Violation data sent to law enforcement
Redflex Traffic Systems has introduced a product to the school bus market, REDFLEX Student Guardian, that captures images and video of motorists who pass stopped buses as children are boarding or disembarking.
Student Guardian’s camera system is installed on the front and rear driver’s side of a school bus. It monitors traffic while the bus’ stop arm is displayed, leaving the bus driver free to focus on students.
Data supporting possible violations, including high-definition video and high-resolution images of license plates and drivers, are submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.
Company officials say that there is no upfront capital investment for Student Guardian — the program is fully funded by violations.
Redflex Traffic Systems
Another deterrent for stop-arm running
SMI’s Driver Alert device works in conjunction with the warning-light system on a school bus, providing dual safety messages to alert traffic when the bus is stopping or stopped.
Company officials say that the illuminating sign — which is positioned on the rear of the bus — can reduce stop-arm running and prevent rear-end accidents at bus stops as well as at railroad crossings.
When the bus activates its amber lights, the Driver Alert alternately flashes the words “Caution” and “Stopping.” When the bus’ red lights and stop arm are activated, “Stop” and “Do Not Pass” alternately flash.
“Caution” and “Stopping” also flash together when the hazard lights are activated at railroad crossings, and “Caution” flashes when the Driver Alert is incorporated into the bus’ back-up warning system.
The unit features a high-visibility LED display. It is easy to install, low maintenance, and impact and scratch resistant.