What is EMC compliance?

When a product has EMC compliance it shows that it does not adversely affect other near by products through emitted and conducted electrical and electromagnetic noise. Electronic products containing switching components can generate too much noise if they are not properly designed or shielded. Part of EMC compliance also shows that the product is not affected by other sources of noise also. Acceptable standards for Taxi Camera Security Systems are EN 50498, CISPR22 / EN55022 or the generic emissions standards AS/NZS 61000.6.3 or EN 61000-6-3 or the older standard AS/NZS 4251.1 (You only need one of these).

To get EMC compliance you must have your product tested for the related standard. If the manufacturer has already had the test performed then you will need to hold copies of the test report and certificate for future reference. You must also complete a Supplier Declaration of Conformity that contains the relevant information. More information on EMC compliance can be found here.

What is the purpose of the Taxi Camera Security System test?

Although any product sold within New Zealand has to already show compliance with the relevant standards, the NZTA also requires that any Camera Security System that is to be used in a Taxi to be fit for this specific purpose. The requirements are part of the Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2007 as amended by the Operator Licensing Amendment (no 2) 2010. The test checks the compliance with the Land Transport Rule, and the suitability of the system for use in the Taxi industry.

What is the Image Capture Exercise?

The Image Capture Exercise consists of two dynamic tests to be undertaken, one in daylight hours and one in night-time hours. This test is to allow the Transport Agency to assess whether the images produced are suitable for facial identification of passengers.

Daylight test: Images must be taken between 0900hrs and 1600hrs with the vehicle traveling approximately 90 km/h.
Night-time test: Images must be taken between 2300hrs and 0300hrs with the vehicle traveling approximately 90 km/h. A location with no street-lighting must be used.

The images must show a passenger holding up the test chart in front of their face (as provided by the Transport Agency, or downloaded here). The tests can be conducted with 1, 2 or 4 passengers and you must submit 10 images from each test. The test must be performed for all passenger seating positions, therefore if possible it is easiest to perform the test with people sitting in all seating positions.

Tip: If holding up the test chart in the front passenger seating position obscures the back seating position, several tests will need to be performed.

What are the Image Capture Exercise images used for?

The images from the Image Capture Exercise are checked for the following:

  • That at least 70% of the characters from the 3rd line on the test chart are readable for both the daylight and night-time tests, for the back seat seating positions.
  • That at least 70% of the characters from the 4th line on the test chart are readable for both the daylight and night-time tests, for the front passenger seating position.
  • That the required stamps are present on the images, including the date and time, vehicle registration number, the camera systems unique identification number, and the GPS location (if available).
  • That none of the stamps on the image obscure the faces of the passengers in any of the seating positions.

It is recommended that you verify these points prior to submitting the system for testing, as this will ensure the test can be performed without delay.

Tip: To achieve the required image quality, a resolution of 600 x 480 (600 TVL) or higher is usually needed. However, this may also depend on the DVR and its image processing.

What other tips do you have for suppliers?

  • The DVR must be mounted out of sight, but there must be status LEDs visible to the driver. Therefore, your system must have LED(s) on a wire that can be mounted on the dash. These LEDs must show the status of all states.
  • Check that your system enters fault mode (Red flashing LED) in the following scenarios:
    1. A camera is disconnected or damaged.
    2. The storage medium (SD card) is removed or not installed.
    3. The system is not recording or storing images.
    4. The GPS antenna is disconnected (when a GPS feature is available).
  • Check that your system operates within a voltage range of 9 – 18V.
  • Check that the computer software is able to access both images and the log, and is password protected.
  • Check that the system starts recording within 30 seconds of powering up, and keeps recording for at least 30 minutes after the ignition is turned off.
  • Read through the NZTA Guidelines here and make sure that your system meets all the requirements.