|GVS1000 Long Range Imaging System gives port security personnel an up-close look at areas that are experiencing events
The Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach is one of America's premier seaports and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. Trade valued annually at more than $140 billion moves through Long Beach, making it the second busiest seaport in the United States. Everything from clothing and shoes to toys, furniture and consumer electronics arrives at the Port before making its way to store shelves throughout the country. Specialised terminals also move petroleum, automobiles, cement, lumber, steel and other products.
In the past 10 years, the Port of Long Beach has made significant strides to upgrade its systems to improve security throughout its complex. Following assessments completed in 2006, the organisation invested heavily in a technology infrastructure - choosing the best systems in the industry for port applications. As part of this upgrade, the Port of Long Beach sought to incorporate video surveillance technology that would allow security personnel to assess events even at great distances.
The Port of Long Beach selected the GVS1000 Long Range Imaging System to augment its security surveillance. Three camera systems are used throughout the complex to validate potential concerns and give security personnel an up-close look at areas that are experiencing events.
These camera systems allow security personnel to view a large area with a reduced number of cameras - all without sacrificing detail. Port staff gain more information on the overall picture of the facility, beyond standard camera views. Being able to enhance the details on the scene of an alarm in real time is critical to determining the exact situation under review.
"The GVS1000 enables security personnel to not only detect and classify targets - but to also recognise and identify potential intruders that operate in darkness"
Partner agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Patrol, also have access to the cameras' video streams, assisting the Port of Long Beach in its efforts to build a multi-layered approach to security.
"As the industry's longest-range active infrared imaging system, the GVS1000 enables security personnel to not only detect and classify targets - typically the domain of thermal sensors - but to also recognise and identify potential intruders that operate in darkness. At 1KM, observers can determine the threat level that a person walking along the fence at a high risk, high consequence site poses by the type of clothes or equipment he is carrying," said Lloyd Uliana, Business Development Engineer for Bosch.
"The GVS1000s have exceeded their mission here at the Port and have been utilised on numerous occasions to give a unique perspective of events that have required our attention. They have been a great addition to our inventory of surveillance equipment and have become a cornerstone to our operation," said Mike McMullen, Lead Project Manager, Security Division, Port of Long Beach. "Because of their high performance, their outputs have been important for documentation purposes. The clarity of their long range imaging is great. They have performed extremely well in our maritime environment."