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PoE switches aid bobsleigh safety monitoring

by Andy Clutton

barox Kommunikation has been enlisted to help maintain safety at the Altenberg racing sledge and bobsleigh track.

Situated in the Saxon Eastern Ore Mountains district, near to the border with the Czech Republic, the 1,413m long Altenberg racing sledge and bobsleigh track has hosted national and international competitions, including European and World Championships, as well as World Cups for bobsleigh, toboggan and skeleton.

At the end of 2019, barox transmission equipment was specified and installed by PKE Deutschland GmbH, to provide video surveillance monitoring transmission of the entire ice channel. In total, 42 cameras now feed video streams into the new IP network.

Integrating the ice track’s video cameras into the data network, barox PoE switches and injectors feed live video streams to a local server and to the track control room. From the control room, all the essential areas of the bobsleigh run can be monitored, whether that be for a training session or competition run.

“The new surveillance system brings a great relief, because it now allows us to see every inch of the system,“ says Tino Klein, Technical Manager at the Altenberg racing sledge and bobsleigh track.  “Of course, the system is primarily important for safety reasons, because it enables us to continuously monitor athletes in the ice channel. But also, the work of the operators, timekeepers and commentators in competitions is also simplified by the technology.

“Since installing the new video surveillance system, thanks to the barox switches, we have had trouble-free image transmission. This is particularly important at the Altenberg racing sled and bobsleigh track, as the video surveillance system also automatically records the speed of the pilots, which can be up to 140km/hr. Another special feature is the automatic switching of the cameras. Inside the ice channel are electronic beams, which as soon as a pilot passes through them, trigger cameras along the runway. Through this automatic switching of the cameras, the entire journey of an athlete through the ice channel is recorded. As soon as the pilot has reached the finish, he can immediately load the video of his run onto a USB stick for review. This gives him the opportunity to analyse any mistakes and learn from them. The new video surveillance equipment is valued by many well-known athletes from bobsleigh, luge and skeleton, who use the track to prepare for championships.”

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