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April 2018

Rail News: Security

Product update: Surveillance technology

The RoadRecorder® features an open architecture enabling “unlimited integration” of mobile video with other business and security applications, Safety Vision LLC says.


Safety Vision LLC

Safety Vision LLC offers the RoadRecorder® 8400 Network Video Recorder, which features an open architecture designed to enable “unlimited integration” of mobile video with other security and business applications, the company says. With up to two terabytes of storage, the RoadRecorder 8400 can support up to 16 IP cameras for high-definition video surveillance that can be used with any open VMS platform, according to Safety Vision.

“Open architecture offers the freedom to add new technologies as they are developed, allowing you the flexibility to grow your system over time,” the company says.

The RoadRecorder 8400’s intelligent hardware features high-performance processors and a removable solid-state hard drive to record the number of IP cameras required. A built-in relay powers external devices such as Wi-Fi or power over ethernet (POE) switches. Up to six inputs and outputs permit a variety of equipment to integrate with the RoadRecorder 8400, creating an “all-in-one communication platform for nearly any moving vehicle,” the company says.

Railhead Corp.

Railhead Corp. offers remote monitoring capabilities along with video systems for locomotives, cab cars and track vehicles. The company has more than 5,500 systems installed for Class Is, short lines, and light- and commuter-rail systems worldwide.

The Locomotive DVR-HD recorder is Mil-Spec, FRA- and SAE-rated for durability and reliability in harsh railroad environments.

Railhead Corp.

Railhead’s high-definition IP system supports up to 16 cameras and delivers what the company terms as “the clearest video quality on the market.” Railhead’s Locomotive DVR (LDVR) HD system is Mil-Spec, FRA- and SAE-rated for durability and reliability in harsh railroad environments. The LDVR-HD recorder is designed to provide superior video-streaming capabilities, is wireless-ready and integrates with crash-hardened memory modules and event recorders to support the LDAR requirements, the company says.

The LDVR’s hosted Real-time Remote Diagnostic Monitoring software analyzes and detects anomalies in specific on-vehicle component behavior and uses the information to identify the health and status of individual components and the potential impacts on a vehicle or fleet. Data gathered can be used to facilitate investigation of any reported incidents.

Railhead’s Maintenance Management Planning & Scheduling enables organizations to maintain and manage the cost-effectiveness of assets by improving asset reliability, work utilization, and resource and capacity planning while also reducing operating costs, the company says.

The Component Condition Monitoring system provides comprehensive condition monitoring by identifying and reporting on specific defects and wear detection, and automating maintenance planning.

Meanwhile, Planning & Performance Management software uses timetable, actual vehicle location and real-time diagnostic information to help identify the root cause of delays and plan trips for optimum performance.


Suited for light-rail configurations, the AngelTrax Vulcan™ Series line of mobile network video recorders (MNVR) is “engineered to meet the demands of the mass transit industry” and is equipped with Hybrid Component™ slide-rail technology to increase efficiency, the company says.

AngelTrax offers the Vulcan™ Series line of mobile network video recorders.


With removable slide-rail components, the smart storage solutions can be serviced or updated in minutes, reducing downtime and “cutting the long-term cost of ownership in half,” the company adds.

The Vulcan V16HCNVR’s standard configuration records up to 16 high-definition IP camera channels of interior and exterior views at 720p up to 1080p; eight additional IP channels are accessible through an optional external switch. The 12-channel V12HCNVR and the eight-channel V8HCNVR record IP 720p up to 1080p on all channels. AngelTrax offers a range of interior and exterior IP cameras designed to capture vivid video near or far, with POE power provided through the MNVR. When using an active internet connection, Vulcan HCNVRs can utilize smart 4G cellular/Wi-Fi downloading capabilities to optimize data usage.


The TRACeTM NVR offers the advantages of a standards-based COTS computing solution for transportation video surveillance.


Kontron offers open architecture transportation network video recorders (NVR) designed for advanced rail video surveillance. The Kontron TRACe™ V40x-TR is a new fanless computer designed for IP-based video surveillance on passenger trains. The TRACe NVR offers the advantages of a standards-based, consumer-off-the-shelf (COTS) computing solution for transportation video surveillance — it can store, process and analyze imagery in real time, or stream video recorded by surveillance cameras. In standard configurations, the TRACe V40x-TR is compliant with the EN50155 standard for electronic equipment on rolling stock.

The TRACe V407-TR model is based on a sixth-generation Skylake Intel® Core™ i7-6600U processor with soldered 8 gigabyte DDR4 memory and 32GB SLC Flash; and the TRACe V403-TR is based on an Intel Core i3-6100U @ 2x2.3 GHz processor. The TRACe V40x-TR family features two independent networks with M12 connectors for recording IP camera video streams. Power supplies range from 24 VDC to 110 VDC nominal input voltage, accommodating all types of railway vehicles from light-rail vehicles to high-speed trains.

SightLogix Inc.

SightLogix Inc. offers smart thermal cameras with video analytics to provide “outdoor intruder detection,” as the company puts it. Proven technologies like smart thermal cameras are being used by freight carriers and metro passenger systems to secure railway assets, the company says. SightLogix SightSensors automatically detect security violations in real-time to alert responders.

SightLogix SightSensors automatically detect security violations in real time.

SightLogix Inc.

Thermal cameras detect heat and operate in all lighting conditions, including complete darkness. They ignore blowing debris, small animals, headlights or other movements that trigger alarms for visible cameras, while detecting people with high reliability, the company says.

The cameras can detect intruders from as far away as 600 meters and areas as wide as 125 meters, the company says. As a result, the cameras enhance the effectiveness of onsite guards by sending alerts, video evidence and precise location details of an intrusion, enabling security teams to know the nature of an alert and how best to respond.

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