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School bus CCTV

A case study of the installation of CCTV in a Dubai school’s fleet of 100 school buses.

Sixty large single- and double-decker buses carry the majority of the children and each is fitted with Hikvision digital video recorders (DVRs) and two or three Hikvision CCTV cameras to monitor all the seats and the access doors. All 100 buses and mini-buses are fitted with Hikvision CCTV reversing cameras and a driver’s LCD screen.

The CCTV and reversing systems were installed by a local specialist, Al Arabia Technical Supplies and Contracts. As well as facing up to the vibration, dust and changing temperatures thrown up by a bus installation, the installers were also given just 60 days to complete the project – from surveying each bus, ordering the equipment, installing and road-testing.

According to Sabri Alkhawaja, Integration Manager at Al Arabia Technical Supplies and Contracts LLC: “Hikvision’s response was immediate to all our requests for information and in equipment delivery. We opted to install 240 DS-2CE5582P IR Dome Cameras across the 100-bus fleet, matching 100 with LCD monitors for reversing and external viewing applications. The remaining 140 cameras were partnered with 60 DS-8104HMFI-T mobile DVRs, with three cameras being used in each of the double-decker buses and a pair of cameras in the single-deckers.

“The DS-2CE5582P IR dome camera is ideal, the IP66 rating allowing it to be used internally or externally and the 12V DC supply suiting vehicle and other mobile applications. With a 20m IR range, true day and night operation and good resolution from the large image sensor, this camera also has the capability to provide high quality video of all the areas surveyed. The DS-8104HMFI-T mobile DVR was selected specifically to withstand the vibration, dust and changing temperatures within the buses and benefits from dual SSD capability, built-in GPS module and 3G connectivity, a redundant power supply, and power-off protection.

Sabri Alkhawaja adds: “Vitally, all the Hikvision equipment has performed faultlessly, standing up really well to the harsh environmental challenges – and the children!”

About the school

Close to Dubai International Airport and overlooking the nearby Dubai Creek, the co-educational school provides education for about 5,600 Grade 1 to Grade 12 to pupils aged five to 17.


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