Secure, surveilled parking

February 2014 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Parking Zürich AG operates six car parks in the Zurich area of Switzerland. Recently it equipped two of its facilities, Hohe Promenade and Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), with a Geutebrück virtualised video system. The installer, abaleo AG, integrated it with a Commend intercom system and a Scheidt and Bachmann parking system to produce an innovative automated parking management system.

Geutebrück’s optimised compression process and fully compatible IP cameras ensure that switching is instant and without delays or lost frames.
Geutebrück’s optimised compression process and fully compatible IP cameras ensure that switching is instant and without delays or lost frames.

The popular Hohe Promenade car park near the old town is a five-storey underground parking facility with 500-plus parking spaces. It has a pedestrian tunnel connection to Stadelhofen railway station and a 24-hour control centre at its main pedestrian entrance. The multi-storey Hauptbahnhof car park is frequented round the clock by rail users as well as those dropping off or collecting passengers at the nearby long distance coach terminus.

A direct link between the two sites enables the video system to be run from both control centres, independently and in parallel, while giving each full access to each other’s systems whenever required. It is ideal for flexibility in deploying staff as well as teamwork.

The full HD monitoring solution runs on five Geutebrück virtual servers on the Hohe Promenade site. The use of Geutebrück’s optimised compression process and fully compatible Geutebrück IP cameras ensure that all switching happens instantly and without delays or lost frames – for example when cameras make automatic quality changes in response to detected events.

In the Hohe Promenade car park around 40 of its 100 cameras are paired up with emergency call points. Most recordings are event-controlled by the cameras’ motion sensors. This minimises both the volume of streamed data and the human attention demanded. Image data is stored for different durations depending on the type of incident involved.

The Equallogic storage system holds image data from both car parks and gives very fast access to recorded footage. For Parking Zürich this system configuration is a stepping stone en route to eventually having two completely redundant systems.

For more information contact Geutebrück, +27 (0)11 867 6585, charles@geutebruck.co.za, www.geutebrueck.com





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