Post by tim... Post by MissRiaElaine Post by Graeme Wall Post by tim...
Did others see this?
Not that you need to have done to answer my question
The program appeared to show the roving RPIs/Police Offices had real
time access to the CCTV inside a specific bus (that they weren't
Do they really have that capability?
Or was this just post editing of the program to pretend that they did?
You've just answered your question.
Real time access to onboard CCTV *is* possible, if the right equipment
on the bus,
in the control room
in the RPI's equipment?
Post by MissRiaElaine
It's rare, though. The company I used to work in CCTV for had it
fitted to a limited number of buses, and the police had mobile
receiving equipment in a following car/van.
It seemed from the rest of the program that onboard CCTV is
retrospectively available via the control room servers.
So, is that, saved "live"? Which would be a bit of an overkill for
hundreds of busses and what, 7 or 8 cameras per bus. Or uploaded at the
end of turn (the bus, not the driver).
The bus has an onboard HDD recorder which has capacity to hold footage
for around a month or so. The way it usually works (or did with us) is
that under normal circumstances, these are recording all the time that
the bus is active, from the moment the engine is started to a preset
period (a couple of hours or so) after it is switched off.
When the bus returns to garage at the end of the day, any incidents that
have been requested will be downloaded to the server. The whole of the
contents of the buses' HDD's will not be downloaded, this would just be
a waste of time, as for 99% of the time nothing important is happening.
You only need to download what you need to investigate any particular
incident that has been reported. If the bus happens to be in the garage,
then it's usually quite easy (I say usually, as sod's law says the
equipment on the bus will have failed when you really need something and
the police are standing next to you waiting..!) to download what is
needed and put it on a DVD or whatever. If it's out on the road, you
generally have to wait until it's back, hence it isn't possible to get
For the purpose of a specific police operation, then they would follow a
bus in another vehicle and link directly to it, in this situation they
would be able to view the cameras live without being on the bus.
It *is* possible to view live camera feed from a moving vehicle back in
the garage, but it needs something like 4G fitted, which quite honestly
the company I worked for didn't feel was financially viable. Personally
I disagreed, but then I wasn't in charge of the budget.
Ria in Aberdeen
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