Recommended Practice

Selection of Cameras, Digital Recording Systems, Digital High-Speed Networks and Trainlines for Use in Transit-Related CCTV Systems


This Recommended Practice provides guidelines for the selection of cameras, digital recording equipment and digital high-speed trainlines for use in transit-related CCTV applications.

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Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA IT-CCTV-RP-001-11 06/01/2011 Published Current


100 base-T, analog camera, CCTV, codec, coupler, digital camera, digital video recorder (DVR), Ethernet, field of view (FOV), hard drive, LAN, memory, MPEG, network, pan tilt zoom (PTZ), safety, security, specification, trainline, videocassette recorder (VCR), VHS, video camera, WAN, webcam


This document provides guidelines for the use of cameras in CCTV security systems in transitrelated applications, such as rail cars, buses, depots and stations. It discusses both attended and unattended cameras, which include stationary cameras as well as PTZ cameras. On-site recording devices such as VCRs, DVRs and hard disks also will be discussed, as will data highway, backbone and structured wiring and trainline network requirements. Data network requirements for rail vehicles will be discussed in a separate section (Section 5) specifically focused on high-speed digital trainlines.

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