Switzerland is well known for its high security awareness. In keeping with this, Swiss Railways (SBB) decided to increase security in the Zurich S-Bahn by 2010 with the aid of network cameras. A particular requirement of the project was that the solution should run completely on IP networks and thus be able to be integrated into the existing IP/Ethernet network of the trains.
The Swiss-based Ruf Group won the contract to implement this project and was assigned the task of equipping 115 double-decker shuttle trains (DSTs) with a digital information and video surveillance system. While Ruf provided the displays in the trains, the computer platform and the complete video surveillance system with emergency telephones, Axis supplied the network cameras as a Ruf partner.
The project evoked consistently positive reactions from the Swiss: this is certainly based not only on the relatively high safety requirement, but also on the additional reassurance provided by the video surveillance system. In addition, the successful project also created the basis for extending the security network, for example to the entire rail network including stations. The collaboration with the customer was also very enriching for Axis. This new order is a gratifying further development of the partnership with Ruf Telematik for the installation in the SBB traffic network.
For the transportation sector, in particular public, local mass transit, network cameras are extremely suitable: They deliver high image quality, are cost-effective to install and the security personnel can access the image material very easily.