School bus security goes high tech with Honeywell’s Digital Chaperone

Honeywell Inc. has introduced a new all-digital video and data recorder system designed specifically for school buses. Intended to help keep school buses safe and secure, the Digital Chaperone DDR400 captures images and audio digitally on a mobile hard drive. The system is available with an optional GPS module, which reportedly records vehicle location, geographic direction, and speed data along with related video and audio information. It also features wireless network capabilities, allowing surveillance footage to be reviewed via a Wi-Fi network, Honeywell says. Included in the system is Honeywell’s new D52 camera, which provides great flexibility in mounting options, the company says. For example, the camera can be mounted on the bulkhead or looking straight down rather than forward. The D52 also offers a wider field of view, concealed wiring, audio capabilities, and a rotating gimbal for easy camera adjustment. “The D52 camera allows for maximum coverage in a single enclosure,” said Brian Curliss, product line manager for Honeywell Video Systems. “The rotating gimbal eliminates the need to mount multiple cameras to achieve the same coverage.” The DDR400 system is equipped with BusView Player and Toolbox software that allows users to find, print, distribute, and archive video and audio files for future use. The software is compatible with Windows 2000 and XP operating systems. With BusView, users can connect the DDR400 unit to a PC or laptop to view a single camera image or quad image. The system also can be configured to meet various specifications using the BusView Toolbox application. The solution supports up to a 60-gigabyte mobile hard drive, which allows for longer recording times. It’s also compatible with previous DDR systems, so users can mix and match camera types if they desire, Honeywell says. Pricing starts at $1,820 but can range up to $4,825, depending on system needs and configurations.

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