Next station: IP video surveillance

The biggest metro rail in Brazil has installed 1,000 Axis cameras and video encoders in 50 stations and on trains

“With the whole world watching, we would need quick access to cameras and instant recognition of individuals who were trying to enter the stadium to commit criminal acts.” . Adriano Oliveira dos Santos, Engineering Specialist for Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo - Metrô


São Paulo’s metro rail system, the largest in Brazil and the second largest in Latin America, carries over three million passengers a day. During the World Cup, Line 3 – the Red Line, which goes to the stadium, was going to be heavily used by spectators. With the world’s biggest sporting event quickly approaching, the project to improve the video surveillance system was fast-tracked.


Initially some 400 Axis network cameras were installed, along with 600 Axis video encoders to convert signals from analog cameras into digital format; together, they covered traffic areas and platforms for three lines. In addition, some of the new trains already had Axis cameras onboard the cars, protecting passengers travelling between stations as well.


The solution has proven to be critical in addressing problems quickly – the system’s centralized architecture allows operators at the Central Control Center to alert security managers in the early stages of an incident, enabling these staff to manage the system in a more intelligent and efficient manner.

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