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Improving airport security with a Sony e-surveillance solution

The need

Lelystad Airport, located 60 km northeast from Amsterdam, handling 160,000 private flight movements a year, expanded to become a commercial airport.  To achieve this, Lelystad Airport needed to deliver new services, including ensuring customer and goods safety.  A surveillance service was clearly needed before starting commercial flight activities.  Lelystad Airport approached Sony Business Europe to explore the surveillance solutions possible to monitor all the remote buildings within the airport environment as well as the main passenger terminal.

Delivered benefits

Reduced security costs have been achieved as less security staff are required to patrol the airport.  With image distribution on event, the relevant operators now automatically view the camera where an alarm has been triggered (activity detection or access control trigger).  This means that security personnel can be more efficiently deployed.

As the solution operates on the existing IT infrastructure, reduced cost of network ownership has also been achieved, with both the administrative and security personnel using the same infrastructure.  These benefits are speeding up business aviation handling for Lelystad Airport, relieve the pressure on Schiphol Airport and help to develop the area of Flevoland.  The airport is planning to manage 35,000 business flights per year within 12 years, handling 500,000 - 800,000 passengers per year.

Why Sony?

The Sony solution also offered compatibility with their legacy system, speed of delivery and a guaranteed level of performance 
 Lelystad Airport approached Sony Business Europe to monitor all the remote buildings within the airport

Lelystad Airport selected Sony as the provider of their e-surveillance solution due to a combination of innovation, network capabilities, reliability of the supplier and price.  The solution also offered compatibility with their legacy system, speed of delivery and a guaranteed level of performance (in terms of refresh, latency and storage capacity).  Lelystad Airport and Sony are continuing their relationship, discussing business opportunities such as expanding the solution to provide additional revenues by supplying valuable information to airlines - including gate arrival content, saving the airlines valuable time.

The solution

Combining the Sony Business Europe experience of multi-media solutions and Lelystad Airport's knowledge of airport security, a comprehensive e-surveillance solution - covering image capture, content management and content delivery - was provided.  IP monitors were installed to monitor all areas that cannot be seen from the control tower, and the areas nearby the take-off and landing airstrip.

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