Municipal traffic camera system in Ostrava featuring 300 network cameras provides for safety and smooth traffic at 59 key junctions
“Our experience proves that this camera system is a considerable improvement of the organisation of the traffic in the city and of road safety.” Roman Cieśla, project manager of Ovanet.
Ostrava underwent a load test of its transport infrastructure in 2004, when the city hosted the ice hockey world championships. The experience proved that it was necessary to improve the control of the traffic in the city, to coordinate the individual components of the integrated emergency system and to protect public order. Therefore, the city set forth the task of designing a new camera system providing accurate and up-tothe-minute information about the traffic situation.
The Municipal Traffic Camera System (hereinafter the MTCS) in Ostrava is based on the metropolitan network of the provider, i.e. Ovanet a.s., using optical cables with extremely high transmission speed. The MTCS footage is provided by several revolving or stationary Axis IP cameras situated at each junction. The image data from these network cameras are transferred by a data cable to a network switch; the cameras at each junction comprise a small network which is linked directly to the metropolitan network. This network then carries the images from the cameras to the central controlling and database servers located in Ovanet a.s. technological centers, where they can be managed and archived, and to the individual dispatching centers. The system uses Genetec Omnicast as the controlling software.
The system has never ceased to expand since the preparations and implementation commenced in 2004 and currently features nearly 300 cameras. The MTCS covers 59 junctions in Ostrava, i.e. most of the traffic nodes in the city. “Our experience proves that this camera system is a considerable improvement of the organization of the traffic in the city and of road safety,” said Roman Cieśla, project manager of Ovanet. “The digital technology employed in the system is on a par with that used in modern European cities and will enable the interconnection of all camera systems in Ostrava on a single network platform.”