Hikvision is helping ensure the safety of pupils attending one of Dubai’s largest schools through the installation of sophisticated CCTV systems in the school’s 100-strong fleet of dedicated school buses. Sixty large single- and double-decker buses carry the majority of the children and each is fitted with Hikvision DVRs and either 2 or 3 Hikvision CCTV cameras to monitor all the seats and the access doors. In addition, all 100 buses and mini-buses are fitted with Hikvision CCTV reversing cameras and a driver’s LCD screen for extra security.
The National Charity School sits in the South-East of the Al Garhoud locality, Dubai. 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 in the age range five to 17 years. Although most of the pupils are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the school’s mission is to provide first-class educational facilities and learning resources in order to enable academic excellence and examination excellence.
The CCTV and reversing systems were installed by a local specialist, Al Arabia Technical Supplies and Contracts. As well as facing up to the environmental issues of vibration, dust and changing temperatures thrown up by the bus installation, the installation team were also given just 60 days to complete the entire project – from surveying each bus, ordering all the equipment, installing and, finally, 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.
“The new CCTV systems have proven an immediate success, says Sabri Alkhawaja. “Vitally, all the Hikvision equipment has performed faultlessly, standing up really well to the harsh environmental challenges – and the children!”