Axis security cameras for new Waratah trains

Melbourne, 2009-Oct-22
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Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, today announced it has won the contract to supply networked IP security cameras for Sydney’s new Waratah train suburban fleet.

The Waratah’s 626 carriages (78 trains) are expected to be progressively introduced into passenger service from late 2010, as part of the New South Wales Public Private Partnership (PPP) project between RailCorp and Reliance Rail.

The Waratah is being designed, manufactured and delivered by the Downer EDI Rail (DEDIR) - Hitachi Joint Venture, on behalf of Reliance Rail. Axis Communications will supply 7,000 209MFD-R network cameras, through distribution partner Pacific Communications as part of a subcontract between DEDIR - Hitachi JV and the international electronics and systems group Thales.

“These cameras are designed specifically for transport,” said Wai King Wong, Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Axis Communications. “They are very slim, very light and are designed to withstand prolonged and vigorous vibrations.”

Each train will have 98 networked IP cameras ensuring that the full length and breadth of each carriage can be monitored to provide enhanced security and safety for commuters.

The palm-sized Axis 209MFD-R network cameras have been specifically designed for mass transit and are flat, discreet and tamper resistant. The cameras also utilise progressive scan technology which provides full resolution of moving objects with no distortion.

“Flexibility is one of the strengths of the IP solution, which also provides multiple lens options,” added Wai King Wong.

Designed specifically for handling vibrations, humidity, dust and temperature fluctuations that are typical of mass transit vehicles, the cameras are connected via Power over Ethernet (PoE) using the train’s communication network, which eliminates the need for separate power cables.

Further information on the Axis 209MFD-R camera range is available at:

About Axis Communications
Axis is an IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations. The company is the global market leader in network video, driving the ongoing shift from analog to digital video surveillance. Axis products and solutions focus on security surveillance and remote monitoring, and are based on innovative, open technology platforms. Axis is a Swedish-based company, operating worldwide with offices in more than 20 countries and cooperating with partners in more than 70 countries. Founded in 1984, Axis is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, under the ticker AXIS. For more information about Axis, please visit our website at

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