Avigilon Installs HD Surveillance in Seattle Transit System

VANCOUVER, British Colombia – A regional transit agency near Seattle is now using Avigilon’s high-definition (HD) surveillance system to capture higher quality footage for faster identification and improved overall security, according to the company.

With the Avigilon HD surveillance system in place, Community Transit can zoom in on a specific detail while maintaining full situational awareness and can capture images up to 150 feet for full facial or license plate recognition, regardless of the lighting conditions, according to the company. Avigilon Control Center software enables Community Transit to record, store, and efficiently manage all the evidence captured by the HD cameras for greater efficiency and more successful investigations.

“With our previous system we could not capture any incident – whether it was a car theft or suspicious person – with enough clarity for identification,” says Don Burr, risk management analyst at Community Transit. “The Avigilon HD surveillance system offers the image quality and advanced features we need to make any forensic video analysis much easier and more successful.”

Community Transit installed five of Avigilon’s megapixel cameras externally at its Kasch Park Operating Base and at its Merrill Creek Operating Base, as well as two megapixel cameras inside the vault room where cash is counted, and a three-megapixel camera in the lobby.

Community Transit manages Avigilon’s HD surveillance system using the company’s Control Center software with HD Stream Management and has installed one of Avigilon’s HD network video recorders (NVR) at each site to store one week of continuous surveillance footage. The surveillance system monitors most of the transit system’s infrastructure including diesel storage, fuel islands, bus and vanpool fleets, and surplus vehicles.

Since deploying Avigilon’s end-to-end HD Surveillance System, Community Transit has reduced investigation times substantially, saving thousands of hours in investigation time, according to the company.

“Community Transit has a rich history of embracing innovation and change to make public transit an easy, environmentally sound, and safe way to travel for the citizens of Snohomish Country,” says Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales at Avigilon. “By deploying Avigilon’s end-to-end HD surveillance system as an important element of their security initiative, Community Transit can confidently ensure the safety and security of its growing number of riders and staff.”

Community Transit serves a 1,297-square-mile area that includes most of Snohomish Country, the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and the Eastside. Community Transit has two base operations sites to house its fleet of 317 fixed route buses and 391 vanpools.

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