Picture only systems are useful for recording the identities of passengers but hearing what is being said or how an incident starts tells the whole story. Using a system to record sound and take images can be taken even further by using a system that records everything throughout the drivers shift.
This CygCam Unit from Cygnus, the UK makers of the famous Cygnus Taxi Meters is the latest hi tech unit which not only takes fast snap shot images but also takes continuous audio. The pictures have a high level of encryption.
All is recorded on a removable memory card, as used in digital cameras that can be removed and replaced with another card if something happens that needs to be saved. The card can then be given or sent to the Police or other authority to download the evidence.
THE BEST MODE records everything, doesn't miss anything. Mode 1
In the other mode, after switching on the engine in the morning, the unit sits in standby mode. When a door opens or the meter goes to hire, it takes and saves a series of pictures. If there is an incident in the vehicle, the driver pushes the save /panic button and the unit saves the last 2 minutes of the incident and a further 5 minutes. Yes, this method of operation will record an incident with sound and one second snap shots but what if you suddenly get a call over the radio saying that the customer before last has complained about your behavior and your suggestive remarks and you know it isn't true, the unit will not be able to back you up. With the standard 512Meg card, the unit operating in mode 1 will record over 8 hours of work, increasing the card size to 1 gig which is about £50 at the moment, the unit will record over 16 hours, two days worth if you are working eight hours a day. Coming soon, continuous pictures........... Its better to be safe than sorry.............
Continuous recording of the whole shift protecting the customer as well as the driver alike.
Using the latest 32 bit encryption of pictures, any concerned licensing authority would be satisfied that this unit will not only out perform all other units, but pictures would be safely stored away from unauthorised use. Its high level of encryption not only satisfies the requirement of the ' Data Protection Act' today, but encompasses any future strengthening of protection. With its 28 plus days of recording, everyone is safe knowing that even an incident of two or three weeks ago can be easily recalled by an authorised institution, to support the driver or customer complaint, whatever it is. Protecting Customer and Driver
With the advent of many licensing authorities including the continuous recording of activity within the cab a stipulation of their licensing conditions, an easy route for policing the conduct of the occupants, customer and driver alike, this unit fulfils the need for automatic operation with visual indication of correct operation by means of a dash mounted multi-signalling led.
At any time, sound and pictures can easily be downloaded by means of either a Laptop with USB facilities and running the appropriate software, an easy 'out on site' interrogation process, or by the complete removal of the hard drive unit. Once downloaded onto the Laptop or office computer, a secure, ever changing 'interrogation code' is needed to decode the 32 bit encryption for viewing.
Presentation of Evidence
The importance of secure data is again addressed in the display process. Digital pictures and sound, complete with the embedded vehicle and owner details can easily be reproduced with date and time stamping on basic Court PC's and Display Units for presentation in Court Cases using standard PC Windows software. Because of the continuous recording action of the unit without the intervention of the driver, any length or portion of picture sequences with audio can be used to investigate actions in the lead up to an incident.
The solidly constructed aluminium casing of the recording unit has been designed to withstand vehicle impact incidents. Its USB download facility, which can be extended to a convenient accessible point with an extension lead, allows installation in secure, out of the way places within the vehicle. This helps protect the unit from being removed after an incident by the customer who may want to destroy any evidence. Designed to operate with one or two cameras on a sequential basis to cover driver and passenger compartments if required. As with all of Cygnus Automotive equipment, the manufacturer of UK's No1 taxi meter, MR400, the unit which has passed all the required conformity tests for use in vehicles within the EEC is made and produced in the UK.
Cybereye Mobile Cam
Cybereye, a LOW COST CCTV system for Personal Recognition
This Cab Eye unit is based round a 12 volt video recorder. Not the best thing to have in the back of your cab but we have seen units in continuous use for a number of years without trouble. Most trouble comes from drivers not looking after the tapes which pick up dust and rubbish when the tapes are just left around in the boot. This clogs up the recording head the next time the tape is used. We modify the units so the driver can use a remote control while sitting behind the wheel. We also fit a led in the dash so he knows the unit is recording.
The unfortunate thing for Cab Eye is that as the driver can view the video at home, some licensing authorities do not allow this type of unit . Although they licence drivers of good character to drive hackney carriages, pickup anybody off the street including children by themselves , they think the driver may use this type of recording for their own private use. If they really want to do this, they could use some covert unit and not have a CCTV camera stuck on their dash board in full view. Another thing they state against it is the Data Protection Act. Under this act, somebody has to be responsible to control the images & data. Again, they are good enough to pick up our children but not good enough to handle the images responsibly. In fact, any body can get a data protection licence and be a Data Controller by just filling in a form and paying the government money each year.
But now this excuse has been removed as running a cctv unit in a cab does not need a data protection licence any longer as this has now been brought into line with running a domestic cctv unit which never had to have a licence.
LATEST NEWS.......... Cabeye have stopped producing their video recorder type cctv systems but there is still a few around.............
VerifEye was the UK's leading digital system until CygCam came along. ( Its made in Canada ) and takes encrypted still images but no sound. The 256 pictures are not available to the driver. The unit can be triggered from a driver panic button, door openings and meter HIRED / FOR HIRE operations. Up to three camera heads can be controlled by the unit. NO SOUND
V1500-SC256 One Camera Head 256 Image Unit
V1500-DC256 Dual Camera Head 256 Image Unit
V1500-2C256 Two Camera System 256 Image Unit
SnapShot is a digital system ( made in Australia ) which takes encrypted still images which are not available to the driver. 320 Images are stored on the unit which can be triggered by a Panic Alarm Button, door openings and meter HIRED / FOR HIRE operations.
RDC-2010 One Camera Head 320 Image Unit .......... NO SOUND