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Teleste and Sentry360 Integration Creates Transit Blueprint

Teleste and Sentry360 have been working closely together to deliver the largest 360-degree railcar onboard camera deployment in the history of mass transit for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). This installation has been a long time in the making, with Sentry360 cameras first being implemented in 2010 as part of a pilot scheme by CTA. Following a recent webinar examining the monumental project, SecurityNewsDesk has been speaking to Thomas Carnevale, Sentry360 CEO, and Mike O’Dea, Director of Sales, Teleste, to get an inside view.

The CTA operates the USA’s second largest public transportation system, servicing the city of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. The revamp of the surveillance system involved almost 4,000 cameras covering 900 rail cars, each one equipped with a Teleste network video recorder (NVR), to facilitate live and recorded footage which could be streamed wirelessly or via 3G links to one central control room. It’s no wonder Teleste and Sentry360 are proud of their joint achievement and wanted to shout about it.

Tom_PartnerConference“We think this installation is a rare story in the mobile security industry,” Carnevale said. “That’s why we hosted the webinar, to share our unique achievement. Mobile security is still finding it’s way in the transition from analogue to IP, so this installation is a rare story of an end-user who was frustrated with their analogue solution so decided to dive into a solution for the next generation. We have been very proud of this deployment with the CTA and the ways in which our cameras are combating crime in Chicago and we were thrilled to finally be able to share that.”

The response to the webinar has been overwhelming for both Carnevale and O’Dea. Not only were subscriptions to the live webinar in their hundreds but, within a few weeks after it was published, the recording on YouTube has been watched by some hundreds , not to mention the on-going flood of follow up enquiries. Clearly the industry is keeping a close eye on how this unique project is unfolding.

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The CTA had very clear objectives when it set out addressing its surveillance system, and key among these was the need for cameras that could withstand the extreme environmental challenges Chicago faces. For instance, during extreme cold weather, like the article vortex at the start of this year, when trains are not in use electrical components can freeze. Carnevale explained that it was during the pilot process that
Sentry360 proved the superiority of its cameras in this regard.

“In 2010, Sentry360 cameras were implemented under a CTA pilot program, funded by a Department of Homeland Security grant, to retrofit the existing rail car fleet with an on-board video surveillance system,” he said. “As the cameras

would be exposed to harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme heat/cold, humidity, and vibration, as well as unregulated electrical power sourced from the 600VDC third rail, the pilot program focused on the effect of these dynamics relative to the video technology.”
Another key objective that had to be met was the fact that any new cameras installed would have to function with the existing Teleste video management system (VMS) that was already in place.

Teleste has worked with the CTA for almost eight years now, according to O’Dea, providing both mobile and wayside video solutions. When Sentry360 were able to provide improved camera services at a fraction of the cost for the CTA the partnership turned out to be a match made in heaven.

“The biggest advantage of working with Sentry360 has been the speed and agility with which the team meets the needs of their clients and partners,” said O’Dea. “Not only are the products a higher standard than other providers, the company’s customer centric approach is truly unique. Sentry360 has the same flexible approach as Teleste, developing the best solution to fit the needs of the customer is a priority for both of us. The Sentry360 team cares deeply about getting it right.”

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The CTA had very clear objectives when it set out addressing its surveillance system, and key among these was the need for cameras that could withstand the extreme environmental challenges Chicago faces. For instance, during extreme cold weather, like the article vortex at the start of this year, when trains are not in use electrical components can freeze. Carnevale explained that it was during the pilot process that
Sentry360 proved the superiority of its cameras in this regard.