January 26, 2009
Jacksonville Transit First Responders Have New Eyes on Skyway Trains and Stations With Help from Apollo Video
Apollo Video Technology creates state-of-the-art command center with streaming digital video
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 26, 2009 – Apollo Video Technology (www.avt-usa.com) has partnered with Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) to provide a state-of-the-art command center for viewing and monitoring video. The command center, serving JTA’s Skyway operations, provides transit officials with access to both real-time and historical video of Skyway trains and stations.
Each of the Skyway’s 10 trains are equipped with Apollo Video Technology’s RoadRunner™ digital video recorders (DVR) and four surveillance cameras strategically placed in the interior of each train. The cameras provide video of riders entering, exiting and on-board the trains.
Each Skyway station is also equipped with a RoadRunner™ facility-based DVR and four to eight cameras strategically positioned to provide full surveillance of each station.
“We’ve provided a sophisticated and highly effective solution for Jacksonville Transportation Authority,” said Rodell Notbohm, general manager of Apollo Video Technology. “This not only meets the needs of transit managers, but provides surveillance and coordination abilities to first responders and law enforcement.”
The command center features 10 display monitors that provide a comprehensive view of the entire Skyway operation. This provides transit officials the viewing capabilities required to dispatch police immediately if safety or security concerns arise, such as pedestrians illegally crossing into Skyway stations, jumping over gates, or skipping fares; and vandalism and violence.
“Real-time video feeds have allowed us to not only prevent potential security and vandalism incidents, but also review any complaints that arise from commuters,” said Kenneth Williams, manager of JTA’s Skyway operations. “Safety and security remain our number one priority.”
The systems installed have a 30-day recording retention period. Video from the Skyway stations and trains are sent digitally to the command center’s ViSS (Video Streaming Software) system which caches and stores video for up to two weeks. The ViSS system provides redundant storage with increased flexibility and access to recorded video.
“Video surveillance solutions are key to addressing our safety and security concerns,” Williams said. “By partnering with Apollo Video Technology, we’ve been able to address day-to-day concerns while exceeding our long-term goals.”
A complete case study of this project can be downloaded from the Apollo Video Technology website:
About Apollo Video Technology
Apollo Video Technology (www.avt-usa.com) is a leading manufacturer of on-board and in-car digital surveillance systems for pupil and public transit, law enforcement, military, rail, freight transport, fire and EMS applications. With government and private-sector installations throughout North American and worldwide, Apollo Video's Mil-Spec and SAE rated RoadRunner line of turnkey video and audio systems simplifies real-time video capture and reduces overall costs with exceptional quality, durability and easy offloading of video.