October 8, 2007 -- Axis Communications announced that its network cameras will be installed to improve the public transport security in a project being undertaken by the Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) in Switzerland. SBB has decided to install the Axis 209MFD network camera in double-decker commuter trains around Zürich to improve safety and security for passengers and personnel.
According to a press release, the total installation order is estimated at about 5,000 network cameras, with the potential for additional installations. The installation phase will begin during autumn 2007 and is expected to be fully delivered by the end of 2009.
"Installations of network video solutions within the transportation segment have increased during the past few years and network video products from Axis have been installed in several demanding transportation environments," says Ray Mauritsson, president, Axis Communications. "The new AXIS 209MFD network camera addresses the market's demand for video surveillance in locations where an ultra-compact solution is required."
The system integrator RUF Telematik AG secured the order for the total security installation. RUF is a partner to Axis in the area of security solutions and network camera surveillance.
"We searched for a reliable partner that could offer the best image quality and the best state-of-the-art technology. Simple installation, a fully automatic and simplified management of the cameras and the total solution was of outmost importance to us. It was especially important for all involved that these cameras were IP-cameras, since we clearly see that the analog technology will be phased out in Switzerland as well as in the rest of Europe. This is not the future, it is the reality," remarks Sven Schraven, project manager for RUF Telematik AG.
The network camera Axis MFD measures four centimeters high and installs on ceilings and walls and offers the advantage of megapixel resolution, making it possible to view image details needed for identifying individuals and objects of interest. Equipped with Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability, the network camera uses one Ethernet cable for both power and video, making installation quick and cost efficient. The Axis 290MFD also provides the possibility of integrating of other components in a security system, notes the company.