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Senai International Airport adopts IndigoVision IP CCTV

Published on 30 November, 1999

Senai International Airport, one of Malaysia's fastest growing airport hubs, has installed IndigoVision's IP Video technology to provide site-wide CCTV surveillance.  The Airport is located at the southern gateway of the Malaysian Peninsula in one of the country's strategic development zones, the newly launched Iskandar Development Region.  The airport has both a passenger terminal and a separate logistics and cargo complex, with plans to handle 2 million tonnes of cargo a year and become a regional logistics airport for South East Asia.

A completely new surveillance system has been installed in the passenger terminal together with an upgrade to the existing analogue CCTV system in the cargo complex.  The airport has a good IT network infrastructure and wanted a CCTV system that would be easily expanded in the future, and IP Video was the obvious choice.  The system was designed and installed by IndigoVision's local partner ICSS Electronics Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

 Commenting on the project, Mr Kennedy Ayu, Airport General Manager, said:  "Following an extensive in-house technical and user evaluation of competing systems, the Airport chose IndigoVision's IP Video technology.  The video quality is better than the other systems which we had reviewed, and the flexibility, ease of use and functions of the ‘Control Center' software impressed the evaluation team."

‘Control Center' is IndigoVision's video and alarm management software and is at the heart of their complete end-to-end IP Video solution.  The software allows operators to view live and recorded video from any camera at any point on the network.  This flexibility was exploited at Senai International Airport with the positioning of several ‘Control Center' workstations around the airport and was one of the factors for the airport choosing the IndigoVision solution.  The ‘Control Center' software coupled with IndigoVision Networked Video Recorders (NVRs) provide Senai International Airport up to 30 days of video recording and a suite of tools for fast search and analysis of recorded footage.

Over 40 new cameras including 13 Pelco Spectra PTZ domes were added to the original analogue system in the cargo complex.  Each camera is connected to an IndigoVision 8000 transmitter module which converts the analogue camera feed to MPEG-4 DVD quality digital video for transmission over the network.  The existing cargo CCTV system was interfaced to the IP Video system via IndigoVision 8000 10-way rack-mounted transmitters connected to the network.  This allowed the original investment in the cameras and local control room equipment to be maintained and at the same time allowed full control and monitoring at the passenger terminal security control room.  The resulting hybrid system demonstrates that IP Video can be an ideal solution for upgrading existing analogue CCTV systems with the benefits of networked video.

IndigoVision's advanced compression technology ensures high-quality video can be streamed over the network with minimal bandwidth requirements.  The existing IT network could therefore accommodate the IP Video system alongside the existing IT infrastructure without increasing network capacity.  In addition ICSS installed an IP-based access control system on the same network, demonstrating that IP networks are increasingly becoming the future-proof platform for security systems.

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