DUE to the
emphasis on a very high level of security along the Gautrain rail and in the
tunnels, the main criteria was to select a combination of technologies that will
provide detection of human targets  even in no light conditions.

Opgal’s thermal
cameras combined with ioimage intelligent video analytics were selected for
their high probability of detection and low false alarm rate. This decision was
not taken lightly and was only decided upon once rigorous and extensive testing
had been conducted between different brands of thermal cameras and video
analytics.

The test results
were then sent over to France for final scrutinizing, which was based on the
performance of the technologies to comply or excel the high criteria of user
requirements set by Bombardier as part of their security methodology.

C3, specialists
in the design and implementation of high-end perimeter security solutions and
military grade intrusion detection systems, was appointed as the preferred
vendor.

“We are honored
to be appointed to supply and commission our solution for such a prestigious
and important project,” said Nick Grange, technical director of C3. “Once again
it is proved that the higher sensitivity of the detector and higher resolution
combined with a faster frame rate makes the Opgal cameras a superior product
which is hard to beat by the competition.

“Our cameras also
had the leading edge over the competition because of the wide range of lens
selection available which was necessary due to the nature and layout of the
Gautrain track.”

To date, C3 has
had success with numerous installations of thermal cameras combined with high
performance video analytics at various sites in South Africa including
residential estates, refineries, correctional facilities and National
Keypoints.

“It is of
tantamount importance, that when implementing this type of technology, a very
high level of expertise and experience is required,” Brendon Cowley, business
development director of C3 said.

“C3 has been
implementing this particular security solution at numerous high risk and high
value sites throughout Southern Africa with great success and we look forward
to providing the Gautrain Project with the same level of commitment and
expertise”.

The C3 solution will
integrate with Bombardier’s high-tech video management system enabling
operators of the system to monitor unauthorized access to the rail and making
it a much safer environment for both Gautrain personnel and commuters alike.