Certifiable Rugged Cameras for Rail Vision Applications

Certifiable Rail Vision Systems

We develop application-specific solutions for for rail technology demands!

Whether installed on the outside of the train in harsh environmental conditions or inside for cabin surveillance, cameras improve safety at all levels in rail traffic. For your specialized project, we will modify our platform cameras exactly to your particular requirements for integration into the CCTV system. Housing design, special PCB design, modified algorithms, mechanical modifications and special mountings are all part of the performance scope. Additionally we can offer system certification according to SIL 2 / SIL 3.


Vibration-Resistant On-Board IP Cameras for Rail Vehicles

Vibration-Resistant On-Board IP Cameras for Rail Vehicles

Resistant to strong vibrations and changing pressure conditions

Typical vibrations in railway applications make high demands on the system’s stability. Kappa uses a specific PCB design to protect camera technology against vibration fatigue. The highly robust outdoor cameras are designed for extreme environmental conditions under fast changing pressure conditions (e.g. tunnel entrance).

Weather-resistant cameras with broad temperature range for exterior use

Cameras’ operational safety must be guaranteed at any time of year, in any type of weather. With a temperature range of -55 to +75°C, protection up to IP 69 K, de-icing and nitrogen rinsing, Kappa cameras fulfill all requirements.

Day and night vision

Kappa's portfolio encompasses state-of-the-art solutions from VIS to LWIR / infrared (thermal imaging) . Thus we can provide safe rail vision solutions even for use under extreme low light conditions.


Extreme lighting conditions

Light conditions along the rail are difficult. Around the clock, rapid changes in light conditions, from glistening brightness to the darkness of a tunnel must be mastered while maintaining consistent image quality. At night, too, the camera must provide usable images. Using specially modified algorithms, Kappa HDR camera solutions reliably meet these requirements.

For limited storage and transfer capacities: image data compression using H.264

H.264-compressed HD streams are ideal for real-time monitoring and on-board recording. 


Standards and safety requirements

Processes in hardware and software and software development as well as in manufacturing according to the strict requirements of the rail industry, e.g.:

  • EN 50126: Specification and Demonstration of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)
  • EN 50128: Software for railway control and protection systems
  • EN 50129: Safety related electronic systems for railway applications




Your camera partner:

Ethernet IP cameras

State-of-the-art CMOS technology

Core expertise ruged cameras

H.264 compression

Low latency

IR illumination (NIR)

Coming next: thermal cameras (LWIR), SWIR (fog penetration)

Cargo: mobile camera solution as video assistent for shunting tasks

Rearview cameras for platform surveillance

Mobile solutions (4G)

Pantograph cameras

Frontview cameras 

Track monitoring (incl. track bed)

Railway switch monitoring

Railway wheel monitoring / railway brake monitoring (service)

Rail coach / wagon monitoring (e.g. counter)

Tunnel monitoring / bridge monitoring / Obstacle detection (e.g. trees)

Signal monitoring

Let's talk about your requirements!


Cameras for integration into customer systems

Complete systems with recorder/monitor


More about rugged camera design

High-end design assurance

Qualification according to strictest requirements


Sotirios Leventis

Sotirios Leventis

Tel.: +49.5508.974.124



Ringo Mielke

Tel.: +49.5508.974.127