First Taxicab Company to Install Cameras
Atlanta Checker Cab first to install cameras providing a safer environment for drivers and passengers. Digital cameras to be installed in cabs!
Atlanta, Georgia – December 2004 – After a comprehensive evaluation of all security alternatives, Atlanta Checker Cab Company is pleased to announce it has chosen to install VerifEye digital security cameras in its passenger transportfleet. Drivers of the taxi industry are recognized as the most victimized occupation in North America and the installation of cameras have proven to reduce crime against drivers by as much as 60%. Atlanta Checker Cabis the first taxicab operator in Georgia to voluntarily install this leading edge technology, already mandated by many other major cities.
“This is by far the most comprehensive commitment to providing a safe environment for drivers without compromising passenger privacy. While proud of the current safety record, this step gives drivers and passengers added assurance that Checker Cab provides the safest taxi ride, no matter what the time of day,” said Rick Hewatt, President of Atlanta Checker Cab. The infrared digital camera takes images of the entire interior of the taxi, day and night, without any intrusive flash or lights. The images, stored in a secure black box, are only accessible to law enforcement agencies in the event of a crime against a driver or vandalism to the vehicle.
“The decision to install cameras in the fleet was finalized after the technology had proven to work as effectively at night, in complete darkness, as during the day. The quality of the images and the secure storage format which maintain the privacy of passengers, gave us the confidence to proceed with installation,” said Hewatt. “To continue as the industry leader you must take steps to attract the best drivers who will ultimately provide the best service. Checker Cab Company believes every precaution should be taken to allow drivers and passengers a secure environment.”
Atlanta Checker Cab Company chose to install TaxiCam, a system specifically designed by VerifEye Technologies for the operation in the unique environment of a taxi. The infrared digital camera, activated by doors, motion, the meter and a driver controlled comfort switch, capture a series of images throughout the taxi trip. Images are stored in a secured proprietary format that prevents unauthorized access thus protecting the privacy of the riding public.
“Hopefully this will encourage more operators to look beyond the issue of money, and institute changes that will provide all taxicab drivers the quality of protection they deserve,” added Hewatt.
About Atlanta Checker Cab
Atlanta Checker Cab has been serving the Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta area since 1947 with involvement in community services as well as passenger transport, package delivery and corporate account services. A leader in public transportation, Atlanta Checker Cab has been internationally recognized with a number of national industry and operator awards. Consistent with its commitment of service to the public, the company has been recognized as the best cab company in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Atlanta Magazine.
VerifEye is an electronic design company that specializes in digital imaging security solutions for the mobile workplace. Through its purpose built applications, VerifEye has installations in over 25,000 taxis internationally, urban transit systems like the Las Vegas monorail, school buses, and other moving workplaces. VerifEye is a true leader in digital imaging for the mobile industry. More information about VerifEye can be found at www.verifeye.com.