Vertical Markets

Domes for Skytrain

by Mark Rowe

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) has two terminals, and a people mover system (PMS), better known as the Skytrain, takes passengers between the two.

The fully automatic train dates from 2003. The PMS consists of 2 parallel tracks, North and South, each providing bidirectional service. A single car serves the north track for airline passengers only. The south track serves airline passengers and the public, separated by platform dividers between the cars. TPE commissioned Apogear, a distributor of VIVOTEK products in Taiwan, and the installer Plustek to design and deploy a safety and security system.

Ten VIVOTEK network cameras have been fitted. The VIVOTEK MD8562 mobile dome, pictured, was selected for in-carriage use. The MD8562 is the makers say specifically for mobile applications, such as trains, buses, and other vehicles. This model is fully compliant with EN50155 standards and meets shock and vibration criteria set by EN50155. The camera is housed within a vandal- (IK10-rated) and weatherproof (IP67-rated) dome housing to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

The camera itself features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1080p Full HD video at 30 frames per second and supports real-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG compression to provide detailed footage while reducing file size and conserving network bandwidth, the Taiwanese makers say. The wide-angle fixed lens and WDR Pro technology increases the camera’s field of view and ability to capture details in bright, dark, or light-fluctuating places.

Sandy Huang, Product Manager at Plustek, said: “Since the deployment of the new surveillance system in August 2014, a tangible improvement in safety and security within the PMS can be well observed. The cameras installed in each of the train carriages operate seamlessly with the airport’s network video recorder to produce detailed, unobstructed footage. Airport management praised VIVOTEK for the excellent quality of its cameras, anticipating future collaboration in enhancing the security of other sections of the airport.”

About the airport

TPE is one of five airports in the country with regular international flights, and is by far the busiest. Last year, TPE dealt with about 34 million passengers, ranking TPE the 11th busiest airport worldwide in terms of international passengers.

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