RideSafe XT IP NVR from March Networks Safeguards Transit Vehicles

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OTTAWA, Ontario— March Networks, a global video surveillance and video-based business intelligence solutions provider, recently unveiled its new RideSafe XT IP NVR during the APTA Expo in Orlando.

According to the Canadian company, its latest product is a powerful, purpose-built transit bus recording platform that delivers a first-of-its-kind Sleep Mode capability enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) to help transit agencies eliminate damage and risk when buses are out of service.

“Vandalism is a common and expensive problem for transit agencies, as buses are often targeted while out of service and when they have no ability to record motion or unusual activity while powered down,” says Net Payne, chief sales & marketing officer, March Networks.

“Sleep Mode with March Networks’ RideSafe XT is the first capability on the market to leverage AI video analytics to detect people near a vehicle and instantly begin recording, saving transit agencies potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. RideSafe XT futureproofs a transit agency for all of its growing video and analytics needs.”

RideSafe XT IP NVR Designed for Modern Transportation World

March Networks says that its latest product is purpose-built for the specific requirements of today’s transportation industry. The new March Networks solution reduces security risk, keeps passengers and operators safer and gathers more conclusive evidence than is possible today with legacy solutions. March Networks explains that buses normally are equipped with legacy recorders and standard motion sensor timers, which cost $300 to $450 per unit. These devices are powered by the bus battery and are slow to initialize and record unusual activity. Often, the company continues, perpetrators have moved to another side of the bus or out of the area altogether before cameras are triggered and recording begins.

The company boasts that its RideSafe XT units, however, switch to low-power mode when buses are out of service and record directly to the NVRs SD card, based on configurable rules around parameters such as motion. This allows for around-the-clock recording coverage, with multiple cameras recording from multiple angles. The accurate AI-enabled analytics detect the difference in motion of people versus animals or even weather, so that video is recorded only when necessary. Then, when the bus is returned to its full power state, video automatically synchronizes with the March Networks RideSafe XT network video recorder (NVR), which is available in 8, 12 and 16 channel models.

March Networks points out the RideSafe XT product uses NVIDIA System on Chip (SoC) technology, and it leverages a hardened Linux operating system (OS) to reduce the cyberattack footprint and offers end-to-end encryption to protect sensitive data. The plug-and-play solution can operate as a standalone unit that is programmable through embedded software, or it can be remotely managed and monitored through March Networks’ Command for Transit video management solution (VMS), or other Transit Management Solutions (TMS).

Additionally, the compact RideSafe XT features a rugged design that includes solid-state storage, an integrated power supply and battery backup. The new NVR is compliant with the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); the unit adheres to SAE J1455 specifications, and it provides IP65 protection from dust and moisture.

The RideSafe XT NVR is available for all U.S. federal funding/projects.

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