Video Surveillance

I have put together a plan to add video surveillance to a straight truck. This can also be added to a tractor and to trailers.

I have two different but similar ideas.

The first idea is a stand alone system where the drive is removed upon return to the office. This is the type of solution you would see on a public transit bus. This is a single vendor solution. I would use Axis cameras and a standalone recorder.

The second idea adds remote access, sensors, and GPS tagging.
The second idea also has an option for tying into an existing surveillance system.
The thought here is to tie the vehicle into the network while parked thus making the attached cameras available to the building’s security system.
This is a multi-vendor solution.
I would use Axis cameras, a vehicle computer from Lanner, and a WWAN connection via a cellular provider.
As to camera placement I would have a camera:

  • in cab looking forward (to see what driver sees)
  • above each side mirror so you can see the side of the truck and out
  • on the rear above the doors looking down so you can see the back doors and out
  • on the rear under the frame looking back (i.e. a reverse camera)

With these five cameras you have the majority of the access approaches covered (just missing above and below).
As to sensors I would have:

  • contact sensors on the cab doors
  • contact sensors on each door into the cargo box
  • motion sensor in the cargo area
  • motion sensor in the cab
  • pressure sensor in the driver seat
  • microphone in the cab
  • microphone in the cargo box

And we would have to have a siren and a speaker for output.

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