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Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:13

Metro Trains goes to Extremes to power CCTV services Featured

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California-based networks company Extreme Networks, has secured a deal to deploy switching systems for Metro Trains which operates Melbourne’s metropolitan rail services.

The Melbourne Metro rail services is one of Australia’s largest metropolitan rail services, with Metro to deliver 10G Ethernet core- and edge-switching solutions designed to deliver an agile, adaptive, and secure network supporting system-wide, real-time CCTV and video system.

A core component of the Metro Trains technology platform is its CCTV network, one of Victoria’s largest CCTV networks, with one camera on every station platform and in every train carriage – more than 9000 cameras in total.

Utilising ExtremeSwitching aggregation, edge and ISW Industrial Ethernet Switches ideal for “in-tunnel” CCTV, Extreme Networks says the robust network provides round-the-clock aggregation and seamless hand-off for all CCTV traffic as well as additional in-station services.

The network is designed to transmit more than 100 terabytes of video traffic on a typical business day, equivalent to 20,000 high definition films streaming simultaneously.

“Extreme Networks is committed to helping Metro Trains build a reliable, secure network to underpin its CCTV infrastructure,” said Chris Georgellis, managing director, Extreme Networks, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).  

“Metro Trains operates one of the most sophisticated and geographically-dispersed networks in the country and this a real showcase of Extreme’s capabilities.”

 According to Georgellis, having real-time access to network-wide CCTV footage “is essential to the operations of Metro Trains and critical to enabling the security and safety of passengers”.

“The ExtremeSwitching platform provides the multicast performance required to support the huge volumes of video captured and managed on the Metro system, and the scalability to meet its demanding requirements as the network environment expands.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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