On the right track with video monitoring

Axis network cameras provide optimum passenger guidance on the Matterhorn Gotthard railway

“On the catenary masts in particular, maintenance of network cameras is very difficult since first the power must be switched off and operation interrupted. So it was important for us that the cameras be especially low maintenance and reliable – for the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, a decisive cost factor not to be underestimated.“ Sven Schraven, Project Manager at Ruf Multimedia AG.


The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway network (MGBahn) is certainly one of the most scenic lines in Europe: over 144 kilometers long, the narrow-gauge track runs in narrow serpentine loops, passes through 33 tunnels and galleries, and over 126 bridges. The majority of passengers are tourists who come to the Valais canton of Switzerland to hike in summer and to ski in winter. To make the journey more comfortable, in 2011 MGBahn issued a request for proposal for a stationary customer information system. Together with two partners, in 2012 general contractor Ruf Multimedia AG began implementing the project, which extended from the control system in the company’s control room via voice and information panels, and display screens at the stations, to video surveillance. An important function was video surveillance using Axis network cameras.


Ruf Multimedia has collaborated with Axis Communications for many years. The company has already installed its powerful network cameras on trains and stations throughout Europe and the world, so once again Axis was the logical choice as a reliable project partner. In the 2012 pilot phase, Ruf installed video surveillance cameras at the first eight stations between Eyholz, Brig and Fiesch.


Axis network cameras form part of the passenger guidance system that Ruf Multimedia AG will be installing at all MGBahn stations by the end of 2014. For the manufacturer, Axis not only promised high image quality and night vision functions, but also that the cameras are extremely robust and require little maintenance. Even in the first year, they have already proved ideal and survived the Swiss winter. “We opted for the Axis E-series, which is ideal for outdoor use”, explained Project Manager Schraven. “The cameras have plug-and-play function so that our customer could independently carry out the mechanical installation, virtually overnight. We then allocated the IP addresses via Notebook and adjusted the resolution.”

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