Vaxtor Technologies has acquired RoadPixel and is relocating its international headquarters from Spain to the UK. Together, the companies will become Vaxtor Recognition Technologies Ltd. The Vaxtor family of companies in the USA, Singapore, and Spain will continue to service their respective territories. Juan Vercher, CEO of Vaxtor Technologies stated: “I really feel honoured leading Vaxtor Recognition Technologies and bringing on board recognised experts in the ANPR industry including Fr...
ISS - Intelligent Security Systems, a global provider of intelligent VMS and analytics, announces the latest release of the company’s renowned SecurOS Video Management System at GSX 2018. The new SecurOS v.10 features an updated, highly intuitive GUI designed to accommodate multiple clients and the ability to easily manage large systems with infinite scalability. Additional enhancements include a new web client for remote access, robust cyber security updates, 64-bit edition for faster thr...
EUSAS and Euralarm, hosted by Airbus, recently organised their second joint conference, which was this year on the topic of aviation safety and security. It showed once again the importance of technological development for an industry endeavoured to protect lives with a particular relevance to the aeronautics and air transport sectors. Aviation safety & security The US Federal Aviation Administration reports yearly over 100 false fire alarms on airplanes, resulting in unplanned landings an...
When there is a need to search for a package, this involves a certain amount of work for the responsible person. The route must be traced meter for meter. Every camera that may have picked up the package must first be found in the tracking plan and then the user must manually switch between these cameras one by one to check for the package. With G-SIM VTT, a track & trace solution from Geutebrück, this manual camera switching process is no longer necessary. This function alone signific...
To provide a practical solution to the monitoring of transportation infrastructure, where maximum situational awareness is paramount, Bosch Building Technologies have combined the innovation behind their video security cameras with the video management expertise of Intelligent Security Systems (ISS). ISS is a developer of video management and video intelligence solutions. Their video management platform, SecurOS, focuses on securing large mission-critical applications such as industrial and man...
The network video recorder (NVR) G-Scope 500+ is mobile, lightweight, compact, powerful, can see everything and has an enormous memory of up to 4 TByte. It visualises and stores logistics processes, such as in or on trucks, forklifts, micro-hubs/micro-depots, ocean containers and rail freight transport. The mobile video management solution is also suitable for monitoring cash transports, police vehicles, trains and buses. The device is officially certified for mobile use in and on vehicles (EN5...
Anixter is expanding the footprint of its North American flagship distribution Center in Alsip, Illinois, with the addition of a 238,000-sq.-ft. facility, equipped with an intelligent conveyor system and voice picking technology, making it Anixter’s largest—and smartest—distribution center. With 30 to 40 percent more storage capacity and new automation technology, Alsip is expected to speed up shipments significantly to customers. “The new facility will significantly decrease our processing time,” said Orlando McGee, Executive Vice President of Global Operations. “The technology and design of this facility will enable us to move orders into the shipping network faster. Ultimately, that nets out to better service overall to our customers.” McGee estimates that Anixter will see total productivity savings of 15-25 percent. The new facility will significantly decrease our processing time" LEED-certified facility The facility is LEED-certified, and the new motion-activated LED lighting system is estimated to be 40 percent more energy-efficient than a standard lighting system. Additionally, the 5,500-ft. smart conveyor system, which runs only when objects are placed on it, is estimated to be 35 percent more efficient than a belt-driven system and is designed for worker safety and ease of use. “The conveyor will be positioned at the right height so that product can be pushed directly onto the conveyor without lifting, reducing injuries,” commented McGee. The conveyor will be positioned at the right height so that product can be pushed directly onto the conveyor without lifting, reducing injuries" Voice picking technology With Bluetooth headsets and Android devices directing them to their next pick, employees will also have their hands and eyes free, and be able to confirm vocally in their preferred language. The new voice picking technology is expected to improve efficiency and accuracy as well as worker safety. According to Anixter CEO, Bob Eck, the new Alsip facility embodies the smart building approach that Anixter champions in the marketplace. “We excel at assisting customers in laying the groundwork for smart buildings—from structured cabling to automation and lighting systems—to improve safety, productivity, space utilisation and efficiency. We’ve applied our own smart building principles to Alsip, and this new facility demonstrates the quantifiable business value of the smart building approach.” Anixter’s expanded distribution center in Alsip, Illinois, is expected to open in mid-April of this year.
The Wisenet Automatic Incident Detection (AID) solution, which has been developed as a result of Hanwha Techwin and analytics specialist Sprinx Technologies combining their expertise, has been shortlisted for an Intertraffic Amsterdam Innovation Award. Wisenet AID is one of three solutions on the shortlist for the prestigious Traffic Management category which has been announced by an international jury of transportation experts. The winner will be announced at the opening ceremony of the Intertraffic Amsterdam exhibition taking place 20-23 March 2018 at RAI Amsterdam. Wisenet AID is one of three solutions on the shortlist for the prestigious Traffic Management category Mutual technologies “We are proud that together with Hanwha Techwin we have developed a solution which has been recognised as being innovative by the World's leading traffic Industry event. This is further confirmation of the power of the combination of our mutual technologies and expertise.,” said Paola Clerici, General Manager and Commercial & Marketing Director of Sprinx Technologies s.r.l. “We have trust in our partnership with Hanwha Techwin, which is why we have decided to work only with their video surveillance products and are making every effort to promote our joint solution in the traffic management market.” The Wisenet AID solution takes full advantage of the massive processing power of the chipset incorporated into Wisenet X cameras. This allows all application functions to simultaneously operate on the edge and offers a major advantage over competitors’ camera which is only able to deliver a limited number of functions at one time. Wisenet X cameras are also equipped with a ½” Full HD image sensor which offers Hanwha Techwin technology partners, such as Sprinx Technologies, the freedom to develop innovative, practical features which provide real-world benefits to end-users. We have trust in our partnership with Hanwha Techwin, which is why we have decided to work only with their video surveillance products" 3D object recognition technology In addition, 3D object recognition technology, which is which is unique to the Wisenet AID solution, significantly negates the risk of false alarms compared to conventional 2D technology used in other cameras. Wisenet Automatic Incident Detection (AID) is an easy to deploy and highly accurate city wide incident detection solution which is designed to be affordable for budget conscious local authorities. Hanwha Techwin engineers have worked very closely with the Sprinx Technologies team to meet the expectations of traffic managers who are tasked with resolving the challenge of the ever increasing number of vehicles causing congestion within city centres and on highways and motorways. Wisenet Automatic Incident Detection (AID) is an easy to deploy and highly accurate city wide incident detection solution Traffic AID Traffic AID lets operators instantly know when traffic is slowing down and whether there is a lengthening queue. It will also detect broken down or illegally stopped vehicles and if there is a wrong way driver, a pedestrian in danger or there is smoke in a tunnel. It will even spot if some cargo has fallen off a lorry! Traffic AID utilises intelligent image processing to quickly alert operators about specific traffic related events whilst at the same time enables statistical data such as vehicle classification, counting and flow to be recorded. Traffic AID’s intuitive web user interface enables operators to specify detection zones and parameters and to analyse statistical data via easy on the eye graphics and charts. An event journal provides a log of all events and snapshots of individual incidents. Traffic AID lets operators instantly know when traffic is slowing down Affordable module options For city surveillance managers who do not require the complete Traffic AID package, there are a number of affordable module options available to help them keep traffic and pedestrians on the move. These include: Pedestrian and Stop Detection (PSD), Traffic Flow and Traffic Data, whilst the Traffic Hub server based application collects and aggregates data from multiple network connected Wisenet cameras and through its interface offers a quick overview of all traffic incidents.
Securitas has officially achieved FREDD (Free Running Explosive Detection Dog) certification – the EU standard for the use of dogs in aviation cargo security. Working in conjunction with the Department for Transport (DfT), this ground-breaking achievement means Securitas now provides the highest levels of explosives detection using our four-legged friends. Government-certified detection dog service Not only do ever-present terrorist threats make this an essential arm of the security provider’s portfolio, but aviation is the only sector that requires regulation of private security dogs. This is the first time Central Government has certified the private security industry to provide specialist free running detection dogs, so is a significant step forward not only for the company and its customers, but the security industry as a whole. Exacting EU and DfT standards Meeting exacting EU and DfT standards, the challenging certification process put the dogs and handlers through their paces, testing them across a suite of explosive samples in an operational environment. Shaun Kennedy, Director of Specialised Protective Services at Securitas, said “Our team demonstrated exceptional levels of dedication and commitment in gaining this certification, which is a real game-changer – not only for our customers, but the aviation industry. Our focus is always investing in the highest level of training to raise standards and provide customers with the very best protection.” Airport and cargo screening applications The momentous achievement will be welcome news to airports and cargo screening organisations across the UK. It’s a giant step for canine security and another leap for Securitas, as they continue to raise security standards, blending people, technology and knowledge to provide total protection.
HI-SCAN 180180-2is pro’s optimised footprint, which is smaller than earlier versions, frees up floor space Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) announced that its advanced dual-view X-ray cargo scanner, the HI-SCAN 180180-2is pro, has become its latest system to be accepted into the qualified section of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL). Reliable image evaluation Based on a dual-view concept, the HI-SCAN 180180-2is pro delivers better security with faster, more accurate, and reliable image evaluation. The 180180-2is pro’s large tunnel dimensions allow goods on the largest TSA-approved pallet size to be screened and its high penetration capabilities allow for screening of large-scale consolidated and palletised goods. Its optimised footprint, which is 25% smaller than earlier versions, frees up floor space.Dan Gelston, President, SDI, said, “Dual-View technology has long been a part of our screening systems, and we continue to work with TSA to ensure our products help address evolving threats. Smiths Detection’s close customer relationships and ability to understand their needs are essential elements to maintaining the class-leading status of our products, further confirmed by this latest inclusion on the ACSTL.” Dual-view capability One of the biggest changes to the ACSTL in 2015 was the requirement that new X-ray inspection equipment must offer dual-view capability. SDI remains at the forefront of security solutions and, by working hand in hand with its air cargo customers, meets this new requirement. SDI currently has a large selection of dual-view X-ray screening equipment on the qualified section of the ACSTL. Customers may select from one of several SDI dual-view systems for their cargo screening applications to meet the TSA air cargo screening requirements. Save
FLIR System recently announced the release of the FLIR Griffin 844, the latest addition to its leading-edge Griffin 800-series desktop chemical trace detector product line used by security officials to screen personal belongings, parcels, cargo, skin, vehicles, and other surfaces for explosives and narcotics threats. The Griffin 844 delivers a significantly lower false alarm rate than other offerings, offers expandability to address future threats without impacting sensitivity, and ensures fast and reliable clear-down to maximise availability. Significantly lower false alarm rate Built around FLIR’s exclusive mass spectrometry (MS) technology, the Griffin 844 provides much higher resolution compared to existing ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) technology, resulting in improved chemical selectivity. As a result, the Griffin 844 yields significantly lower false alarm rates, providing confidence to security officers that only true threats are detected. Expandable threat library The Griffin 844 performs dual-mode detection for a range of current threats, including military, commercial, and home-made explosives, as well as commonly abused narcotics and synthetic drugs. FLIR’s expandable library allows new threats to be added to the library without impacting sensitivity or false alarm rates. FLIR offers free updates to its Griffin library as they become available, providing customers with a future-proof solution that addresses emerging threats. Maximum operational availability FLIR’s menu-based GSS Touch™ application eliminates data interpretation and streamlines checkpoint operations. The Griffin 844’s innovative system design ensures fast and reliable clear-down that prevents lengthy bake-outs and minimises maintenance to maximise operational availability. It uses a non-radioactive ionisation source to eliminate associated costs and logistics. “We are proud to offer the Griffin 844, the only desktop trace detector that uses gold-standard, mass spectrometry detection technology in checkpoint screening applications to drive higher accuracy,” said Dennis Barket, Jr., Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Detection. “FLIR is leading the field with lower false alarms and quick clear-down to ensure public safety and operational efficiency.” The FLIR Griffin 844 will be showcased at the AUSA Exposition on October 12-14 in Washington, DC and is now available for purchase through FLIR or established distribution networks.
Samsung’s Open Platform makes it possible for third-party companies to use standardised APIs Samsung Techwin America will introduce two new application partners at this year’s ASIS (booth # 1729). Using Samsung’s Open Platform feature, analytics provider IntuVision and cloud provider SmartVue have integrated their technology with Samsung’s WiseNet III line of cameras. The integrations provide users with the opportunity to deploy these applications to complement their video surveillance solutions, further enhancing the already feature-rich cameras. “We are continually seeking new partners whose technology integrates well with our WiseNet III cameras to provide end users additional functions that meet their specific needs and increase the overall value of their video surveillance system,” said Tom Cook, Vice President, Sales, Samsung Techwin America. “As our latest application partners, IntuVision and SmartVue offer unique feature sets that deliver a cost-effective way for customers to further extend the functionality of their WiseNet III cameras.” Based in Woburn, MA, IntuVision is a video analytics company that provides people counting software ideal for retail applications. The company offers custom video analytics solutions, providing customers with the flexibility to choose the feature set that best meets their specific requirements, while paying only for those features they use. Nashville, TN-based SmartVue is the first cloud provider to develop an application for Samsung’s Open Platform. Under this partnership, WiseNet III cameras will now be part of the SmartVue Cloud Package. This cloud-based video surveillance solution allows users to pay a monthly fee for off-site storage, allowing customers to save on costs for servers, maintenance, utilities and other related expenses. SmartVue’s Microsoft Certified Cloud Server also ensures data is secured against cyberattacks and video can be viewed from anywhere in the world. Samsung’s Open Platform makes it possible for third-party companies to use standardised APIs to develop applications for WiseNet III cameras. The open framework allows a wide variety of applications to be installed on WiseNetIII cameras to provide advanced functions including: Cloud connectivity, video direct to storage, people counting, intrusion detection, queue management, license plate recognition, face capture and recognition, transit and cargo recognition. Additional companies that have Apps available for Samsung WiseNet III cameras include PlateSmart for LPR, Agent VI for video analytics and Veracity for direct-to-storage video transfer from the camera.
Though it has been statistically proven that taking a plane is no riskier than taking a bus, people do have reasons to put extra caution on air travel safety, especially in a time replete with terrorist threats. A major line of defence must be the various sections of the airports, which, as a gateway to the outside world and transportation hub of the city, has always been on the top of the safety list of the government and all related authorities. Dahua’s Airport Solution is an intelligent security system to help ensure the safety of the airports. Elements of an effective solution First of all, an effective solution requires a complicated collaboration of multiple (sub)systems such as monitoring system, alarm system, access control system, network transmission system and management platform. As is known to all, the more steps and players it takes, the higher likelihood for a mistake to occur. Secondly, airports include a variety of places such as terminal areas, parking lots, office areas, freight areas, front desk areas (including the square in front of the terminal building), the flight areas, hangars, the perimeter area and so on, each of which operate on vertical management system. Yet due to the diversity of places and the complexity of personnel & cargoes coming in and going out in huge flow, there are too many risky elements to control. Thirdly, it’s not only about accuracy but also about swiftness when it comes to airport security. Safety should bring efficiency and not the other way around. For example, in April 2017, a drone flew into Chengdu Airport, resulting in the runway closing down for 80 minutes, the loss of which was estimated as at least 10 million dollars, not to mention collateral damages in the broad sense. Dahua’s Airport Solution is a unified security system combining multifunctional HD surveillance cameras with deep-learning AI Unifying a security system Designed to solve all the difficulties mentioned above, Dahua’s Airport Solution is a unified security system combining multifunctional HD surveillance cameras with deep-learning AI that can analyse the big data to get the target, be it a car, a face or a series of numbers. In terms of vehicle management: you can adopt all-in-one cameras to capture and recognise license plates of vehicles accessing the airport. This will trigger the alarm when detecting illegal, stolen, blacklisted, hit-and-run, crime-related and other suspects’ vehicles. Covering the whole route of a vehicle, from entrance highway, to parking lots and then to exit, the surveillance system can effectively assist security guards and police to keep a smooth service, and respond quickly when things go wrong, even if it’s just something from the car that was left behind due to carelessness. In terms of passenger management, the same full coverage of the security system also applies to this, from someone stepping off the car to one’s entering terminal building and checking-in area and all the way to the last step to the boarding gate. The HD surveillance cameras endowed with deep-learning AI have world-leading accuracy in face recognition and e-passport verification. Any suspect, should they show up in the airport area, will at once trigger the alarm. Guarding the airport perimeter Dahua’s Airport Solution also takes care of another crucial part of airport that is the perimeter area. One must resort to special equipment like thermal imaging cameras to keep the safety of the said area. An example of this is Dahua’s solution for one specific airport, which covers a perimeter of 30 km and boasts an annual throughput of 30,000,000 people and 8,000,00 tons of cargo. According to the thermal imaging calculation form below: Dahua chose to use a 100mm lens with a resolution of 640 x 512 and set the installation height at 5M, which detects 1.8m x 0.5m, showing people from within 3000m. The perimeter will be well covered for intruder detection purpose with 10 cameras. The intelligent analysis of IVS (intelligent video system) requires 10 x 10 pixels, under which condition, each thermal imaging camera can detect and analyse objects from within 400m. There is in total 12km of perimeter length in need of such cameras, so Dahua chose to place 30 there, totalling 40 thermal imaging cameras to solve the problem. Advantages of using Dahua tech It should be noted that Dahua’s thermal imaging technology has the following advantages: PTZ function, long distance surveillance (which can detect a vehicle 8.8 km away), long distance zoom, binocular lens (optical and thermal imaging lens), and strong intelligence (which can detect intrusion). Compared to alternate perimeter protection equipment on the market today, such as vibration fibre sensor and IR beam sensor, thermal imaging camera has higher accuracy and less false alarm while directly providing video to verify. Dahua has established stable cooperation with world-renowned platforms like Genetec, Milestone, Avigilon, AXXON, ISS, infusing Dahua’s Airport Solution with more possibilities. Supported by strong R&D resources and good working relationships earned in multiple previous collaborations with partners, Dahua can ensure seamless integration whether it’s front-end IPC or back-end NVR, fulfilling different demands of clients and building a sound security system for the airport. In future, Dahua will keep investing in R&D of cutting-edge technologies into the realm of civil aviation video surveillance solutions. With a mission of “Safer Society, Smarter Living”, Dahua will continue to focus on “Innovation, Quality, and Service” to serve partners and customers around the world.
Senegal’s Blaise Diagne International Airport has chosen to minimise its parking lot headaches and secure its massive freight zone with intelligent Smart Surveillance solution from the globally renowned supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, Hikvision. Officially opened by Senegalese president Macky Sall in December 2017, Blaise Diagne International Airportl Airport (AIBD) covers 4,500 hectares of land located near the town of Diass, 47km from the capital of Dakar. Built at a cost of $575 million, the new airport is one of the largest travel hubs in West Africa, with a main runway designed to accommodate long-haul aircraft such as the A380 and B787. Approximately 3 million passengers are expected to travel through AIBD annually, increasing to 10 million by 2035. Hikvision intelligent surveillance system The airport’s car parking and freight zone are being secured and managed with the help of a Hikvision intelligent surveillance system Served by leading airlines including Air Algerie, Air Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopian Airlines, Air France, Kenya Airways, Tunisair, Iberia and South African Airways, catering for passengers with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the airport’s car parking and freight zone are being secured and managed with the help of a Hikvision intelligent surveillance system. With a two level 42,000m² main passenger terminal and 12,800m² cargo terminal building designed to handle 50,000 tons of cargo and 80,000 aircraft movements annually, the new airport offers a long-term solution to intra-African economic activity, providing excellent levels of aviation connectivity. Parking and site management To address the security, efficient management and profitability objectives of the airport’s 17 car park entrances and exits, operator Senecar enlisted the help of Hikvision Authorised Distributor, CST Securite. As a Hikvision Authorised Distributor, CST Securite capitalised on the support of the Hikvision Technical team, and all parties worked to confirm the final specification to meet the needs of the airport’s car parking and freight zone security surveillance, and site management requirements. Smart parking management system CST Securite installed 17 x DS-TCG225 2MP HD resolution ANPR cameras Drawing on specialist products from Hikvision’s Smart Parking Management Solution, for the airport’s car park areas, CST Securite installed 17 x DS-TCG225 2MP HD resolution ANPR cameras, featuring built-in whitelist, LPR identification support, barrier/gate control and audio output. The Hikvision Smart Parking Management System employed at AIBD uses the latest barrier technology combined with Hikvision industry-standard ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), to ensure seamless, managed vehicular entrance and exit from parking lots. Fast vehicle identification and integrated barrier control software means queues are kept to a minimum - which means greater vehicle flow can be handled to increase the productivity and efficiency of the car parks. Hikvision Darkfighter cameras The industry-leading Hikvision Darkfighter and True WDR imaging technologies employed in the airport’s ANPR system were specified to deliver crisp and clear recognition, alongside a recording of every vehicle using the car parks day and night. A development beyond traditional technology, the airport’s car park barrier activation is not driven by traditional sensor coils in the floor (that detect a vehicle waiting to enter or exit), but by highly accurate ‘radar’ sensors. This technology enables far simpler installation and maintenance, as no ground works are required to dig across roadways or pedestrian pavements to install the traditional sensing coils and their cables. Additionally, the Hikvision radar solution is not affected by local environmental influences such as light, dust or rain, that can inhibit the performance of traditional sensing coil-based solutions. Radar is also a much more reliable technology, as pedestrians as well as vehicles, can be detected far more accurately - ensuring a much safer operation within the airport’s busy vehicular and pedestrian traffic environment. Hikvision’s radar solution The Hikvision Smart Parking Management System provides a range of configurable alarms that help the ANPR system operators to manage daily activity Helping Senecar to maximise their operation, the system provides invaluable statistical and analytical parking lot information, supplying status history, parking usage rate and parking vehicle flow, to name but a few. Underlining the advanced performance capability of the Hikvision Smart Parking Management System, a range of configurable alarms helps the ANPR system operators to manage daily activity, such as unauthorised parking, over-time parking and illegal access, which all helps to support highly-effective vehicle and security management. High-level freight security Designed to handle 50,000 tons of cargo and 80,000 aircraft movements annually, AIBD’s 12,800m² cargo terminal building located to the south-west of the runway accommodates the airport’s freight handling, and incorporates a number of storage areas, freezers, office facilities and electromechanical service areas. To integrate with the airport’s mix of security measures and site management, CST Securite liaised with the airport security team to identify the most advantageous locations to install the freight zone cameras. Designed to capture a comprehensive view of all key internal and external areas, a mix of Hikvision DS-2CD2T42WD 4MP / DS-2CD2T22WD 2MP full HD EXIR Bullet Network Cameras with built-in IR to 50m, and DS-2CD2142FWD 4MP / DS-2CD2122FWD 2MP full HD Vandal-resistant Network Dome Cameras with built-in IR to 30m and edge storage - all with IP67 protection were installed. Hikvision IP cameras and NVRs Hikvision NVR-7332NI-E4/16P Embedded Plug & Play NVR’s and a DS-7716NI-I4 NVR were installed to provide up to 6MP resolution recording Supporting the Hikvision cameras’ high-performance imaging, their on-board VCA alarm activation parameters was set-up for individual camera scenes, to provide automated alarm activations and situation awareness of any predetermined set of events within each cameras’ view. To provide the airport’s security and management teams with effective real-time and playback monitoring, at the control room, Hikvision NVR-7332NI-E4/16P Embedded Plug & Play NVR’s and a DS-7716NI-I4 NVR were installed to provide up to 6MP resolution recording. Simple and intuitive systems control is provided by Hikvision’s iVMS-5200E Control Software, enabling all aspects of the surveillance system to be managed effectively. Commenting on the AIBD installation, Kevin Zhu, General Manager of CST Securite said: “Having used their products many times before on other high-profile projects, we had no doubt that the choice of Hikvision surveillance products would provide the customer with an efficient, and reliable intelligent surveillance solution. We can confirm the good reputation of Hikvision products’ quality is backed by an equally good experience of their after-sales service.”
To help comply with industry regulations, boost security, and improve operational efficiencies, Associated British Ports (ABP) needed an advanced, flexible HD surveillance system that could leverage the existing network infrastructure and easily integrate with the port’s current analogue-based system. ABP relies on Avigilon Control Center software with HDSM to seamlessly manage the HD surveillance system 24x7. At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11MP Avigilon HD cameras to monitor vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate details, and one 3MP Avigilon HD camera for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through. ABP relies on Avigilon Control Center software with HDSM to seamlessly manage the HD surveillance system 24/7 Integrated camera system All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live. At the Immingham Bulk Park, four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for greater performance and manageability. Four 1MP Avigilon HD cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weighbridges, where cargo is weighed. Four Avigilon NVRs record and store 30 days of continuous footage. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has helped ABP improve operational efficiencies at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. By leveraging its existing network infrastructure, ABP was able to reduce installation time and costs. ABP has also been able to centralise several processes, including weighbridge and lockgate operations, which can now be managed remotely in conjunction with the surveillance system. All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live HD surveillance system to boost security With 21 ports and over 1,500 employees, ABP is the United Kingdom’s largest port operator and leading cruise port operator, moving one quarter of the country’s seaborne trade ranging from coal and containers to iron ore and the import/ export of vehicles. In compliance with industry regulations such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, ABP has implemented the necessary security measures to reduce risk by deploying a comprehensive security system across all its sites. As part of this effort, ABP deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at two locations to boost security and at the same time, improve operational efficiencies to ensure the successful management of international trade through its ports. Surveillance is a critical component of ABP’s overall security initiative, but it also plays a key role in helping to build a ‘safety first’ culture that protects the health and safety of employees and enhances overall productivity. “With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in place, we can monitor the entire port operations – from loading ships to crane operations – from a centralised location to ensure port security, employee safety, and productivity,” explained Michael Howarth, Humber IT Infrastructure Manager at ABP. “As a result, we can strengthen security, improve operational flow, and reduce costs for better overall operational performance.” Surveillance is a critical component of ABP’s overall security initiative, but it also plays a key role in helping to build a ‘safety first’ culture Network-based IP cameras With the assistance of Global Vision CCTV Ltd., a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and service, ABP installed the Avigilon HD Surveillance at two of its sites – the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. “We were not getting the image quality or reliability we needed from our previous system,” said Howarth, who also noted that the previous software was cumbersome to use. When ABP began to roll out its new, more advanced internal network infrastructure, the team determined that network-based IP cameras would more effectively meet their needs. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System is versatile and flexible enough to support hardware from many vendors – including analogue cameras – and can leverage our existing cabling for a more cost-effective and powerful surveillance solution.” According to Howarth, the very nature of a port’s geography can cause significant challenges when it comes to deploying any technology infrastructure, including surveillance. “When we transitioned over to a fibre network, we matured from having local installations running over coaxial cable to needing a more advanced network-based surveillance solution that can accommodate various types of cameras, including wireless,” said Howarth. ABP deployed the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS), the only solution designed specifically for high definition surveillance, and installed Avigilon HD megapixel cameras, Avigilon analog video encoders, and Avigilon network video recorders (NVRs) all connected wirelessly and accessible across both ports – a distance of seven miles. ABP installed the Avigilon HD Surveillance at two of its sites – the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham 11MP Avigilon HD cameras At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11MP Avigilon HD cameras to monitor vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate detail, and one 3MP Avigilon HD camera for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Security personnel use Avigilon Control Center software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) to seamlessly manage the system 24/7 and store 30 days of continuous footage on two Avigilon NVRs. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through, and to ensure that there are no obstructions to prevent the lockgates from opening when required. All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live and footage is stored on one Avigilon NVR. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates Avigilon analogue video encoders At the Bulk Park Terminal, four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for greater performance and manageability. Four 1MP Avigilon HD cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weighbridges, where cargo is weighed. An additional Avigilon NVR has also been deployed to store footage from this installation. ABP security personnel have been impressed with Avigilon’s image quality and speed of playback, leveraging the advanced features of Avigilon Control Center software to instantly identify details necessary for positive identification, leading to faster response times and more successful investigations. “With our previous surveillance system, we would struggle to identify the details necessary to make a positive ID,” explained Howarth. Image clarity of license plates “In fact, we could not capture license plates or facial details even with very good lighting conditions.” Since deploying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, Howarth has noticed a huge improvement in his ability to pinpoint a specific event with exceptional image clarity for quick identification and resolution. “Even in the middle of the night, we can zoom in on a specific event and leverage Avigilon Control Center’s digital enhancement features to pull out the detail we need.” Four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System When local law enforcement has been called in to help investigate an incident, ABP can now provide more tangible evidence, faster. “Before, we would spend a lot of time trying to locate a specific event and end up with poor quality footage that was not up to standard,” noted Howarth, who has been very impressed with the speed in which he can now drill down to a specific event for immediate inspection. Before, we would spend a lot of time trying to locate a specific event and end up with poor quality footage" Manipulate image in real-time “Going through footage on our previous surveillance system was cumbersome, leaving big gaps in time between selecting a timeline and displaying the image. Avigilon Control Center’s advanced functionality allows us to manipulate an image in real-time and enables us to track when footage was actually recorded to more quickly and accurately identify the images in question.” said Howarth. With its simple management tools and advanced functionality, Avigilon Control Center has also proven to be very user-friendly. “We have eight full time staff using the system live and four ad hoc uses who can view the system from their laptops,” explained Howarth. “To date, we have been able to easily get them up on the system with no significant challenges.” Installing the system at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham was also straightforward. “The professional team at Global Vision CCTV installed the system in no time and with help from Avigilon, worked with us to ensure that the solution delivered the highest quality images possible and maximum recorded length.” The professional team at Global Vision CCTV installed the system in no time and with help from Avigilon" Cost-effective solutions The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has not only surpassed ABP’s security requirements; it has also shown to be very cost-effective. “We were able to leverage our existing network infrastructure and cables to reduce installation time and costs,” said Howarth. “But more importantly, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System has enabled us to centralise several of our processes, including the operation of our weighbridges and lockgates, which can now be managed remotely through the surveillance system in one location.” As a result, ABP can contain its operational staff costs at each location. With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in place, ABP has also invested in a scalable, future-proof surveillance solution that can expand to meet growing needs. Enhanced security and operational productivity Having already achieved a significant improvement in security and operational productivity, ABP has been very pleased with its decision to deploy the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. “Avigilon provides high quality HD surveillance across a varied infrastructure and is flexible enough to integrate with existing CCTV systems as well as analog-based systems,” concluded Howarth. “Utilising the most advanced technology instead of relying on modified old technology, Avigilon is a fluent system that delivers powerful network video management software combined with superior image quality for dramatic performance gains.”
Regensburg-based Euro Rastpark GmbH & Co. KG operates comfortably equipped rest stops for commercial drivers at 18 sites throughout Germany, many of which are located on important transport logistics routes. The rest areas represent a valuable addition to the regional infrastructure with thoughtful additions of service, eating, entertainment and shopping facilities, and in more and more cases with opportunities for inexpensive overnight accommodation. For professional drivers, these rest stops (Autohöfe) close to the motorway are important waystations where they can take their legally mandated breaks from driving. In recent years, a particular form of criminality has become more widespread on Europe´s major highways: the theft of valuable commercial goods, vehicles and their cargoes. The financial cost is enormous. German insurers pay an average of a million euros per business day for lost commercial goods alone. On top of this, property damage must be considered, and no less important are the threat and uncertainty felt by many drivers. In recent years, a particular form of criminality has become more widespread on Europe´s major highways: the theft of valuable commercial goods Fuel theft Even the fuel tanks on lorries have been targeted by organised crime, and accordingly theft of fuel has become a regular cause of annoyance to drivers and hauliers alike. In recent times, the police have been called to investigate as many as nine criminal offences a week at the Theeßen Euro Rastpark on Eastern Europe Route A2. The company has recorded high crime rates elsewhere too. Respected logistics companies were even compelled to warn their driving personnel about less safe routes. The situation could not be allowed to continue, and Euro Rastpark began working with other members of the Association of German Off-motorway Truck Stop Owners (VEDA) to combat the problems by developing a security concept that addressed actual conditions. Euro Rastpark now offers premium parking areas that are screened and monitored according to VEDA standards for lorries at seven of its truck stops. Their aim was to develop a security solution that could be implemented quickly and without prohibitive expense. Even the fuel tanks on lorries have been targeted by organised crime Video observation solution Managing director Johannes Witt explains the concept: "We have not relied on expensive construction, but rather on pragmatic detection and deterrent measures such as restricted approach roads, the best possible lighting and complete documentation of all movements by vehicles and people." For the full-coverage detection of all movements, they decided to use an economical and top-quality video observation solution offered by another Regensburg-based company, the technology pioneer Dallmeier. Accordingly, DF5200HD-DN/IR type high resolution infrared cameras have now been deployed to improve security on the approach and departure roads to the separate lorry parking areas at the Theeßen Euro Rastpark. The video system is set up so that the vehicle licence plates are clearly readable not only by day, but also in night recording mode. We have not relied on expensive construction, but rather on pragmatic detection and deterrent measures" Dallmeier recording solutions The video data is backed up reliably by the DMS 2400 Appliance, one of the most powerful recording solutions in Dallmeier's inventory. During the project to equip the premium parking area with video equipment, Euro Rastpark seized the opportunity and commissioned Dallmeier to install cameras for observing the refuelling lanes as well as the retail area and cash registers in the service station shop. In all, 24 camera systems are now operational and between them they monitor all critical areas. The 96 lorry parking spaces at the Theeßen truck stop now constitute a further precinct of safety and calm within a zone that is fully protected by video technology. Secure parking areas The number of thefts of vehicles, goods and fuel from the secured parking area has fallen dramatically. These new security zones also mean that the drivers can work with more peace of mind, since they do not have to worry about the safety of their valuable cargoes, or even their personal safety on top of the normal cares of a demanding job. "Since we started this initiative, the number of robberies has fallen massively" confirms Witt. More protection and comfort for drivers, theft prevention for goods and operating equipment – video technology from Dallmeier ensures that the logistics chain does not break down on the roads and highways.
Critical Infrastructure in transportation Transportation is a complex world. City streets, bridges, highways, tunnels, seaports, airports, and rail systems all offer different challenges to the security professional seeking to protect people, cargo, commodities, and critical infrastructure. Customers around the world rely on Arecont Vision as a key part of that protection. Arecont Vision megapixel camera benefits Made in USA quality, advanced technology, and field upgradable features/capabilities Deter and detect threats and document activities Maintain situational awareness and security with fewer cameras Improve staff productivity Low profile/discreet surveillance or high visibility camera choices Resolve security/staff and customer disputes Protect staff, travellers, customers, equipment, and goods Increased detail equals better forensics and reduced time from police, 1st responders and security professionals in immediate response and for post-event investigations Monitor daily business and document activities and patterns Forensic documentation Provide enhanced security, situational awareness, life safety Prevent or disprove fraudulent claims Tight integration beyond ONVIF certification with hundreds of security vendor applications jointly tested via the Arecont Vision MegaLab™ Arecont Vision's megapixel cameras have been deployed at highways and cruise ship terminals Transportation applications Remote surveillance Live monitoring and forensic viewing Monitoring of airports, ports and harbours, railway stations, roads and railways, bridges and tunnels, vehicles Passenger, luggage, freight, storage, and cargo areas Open spaces, indoors and out Parking lots/structures/rail yards/runways Concourses and corridors People/vehicle counting/monitoring Licence plate/facial recognition What Arecont Vision’s customers say “We selected Arecont Vision cameras because of their proven performance for the last year and a half on another Malaysian highway application,” comments Norisham Abdul Majid, CQR Digital Solutions, integrator for the Malaysian Highway Tollgate System. “Arecont Vision’s megapixel cameras fit perfectly into our technology-centric approach to the market, as demonstrated by their performance in our installation at the cruise ship terminal in Valletta,” adds Karim Cassar, Alberta Group, Malta. “Ease of installation, compatibility with our current VMS, and the new features [including] Wide Dynamic Range. Our experience has been great," states Safraz Samad, TPA Operations – Security Administration, Tampa International Airport. "Our organisation requires high levels of security and with Arecont Vision’s updates to firmware we can maintain our internal network security policies.” Save Save Save Save
SeeTec management solutions allow integration and usage of a great amount of cameras Introduction Altas Ambarli is the largest port of Turkey and an important hub between the Black Sea Region and the Far East. The Kumport terminal, which is located near Istanbul on the European side of the Bosphorus, is an active part of the port since 1994. Thanks to its steadily rising turnover and coincidental investments in human resources and technology, it has become one of the most modern terminals in Turkey. Currently Kumport tranships an annual volume of more than 1,700,000 TEU and a further increase is expected. The challenge Due to the conformity certification in 2004, the port management engaged itself to follow the guidelines of the “International Ship and Port Facility Security Code” (ISPS Code). Amongst other things, the ISPS Code demands a continuous surveillance of the entire port area in order to prevent accidents and to minimise safety hazards. Not an easy task for a huge area which houses cargo ships from all over the world and is frequented by masses of people each day. To be able to respond quickly to events, a flexible video management solution which informs actively about potential safety hazards is essential. An analogue system which had already been operating since the official certification proved not to be sufficient and should thus is extended. The port management made the following demands on the technology: With a further piece of software, the work of the security personnel on site should not be made more difficult but rather take the load off the staff with an intuitive and simple handling. Additionally, the accessibility via various – and also mobile – platforms such as smartphones was an important point. For the elucidation of past incidents, the archive footage should be usable, so that a considerable storage volume is required for this purpose. In case of an enlargement of the complex, the security solution should be able to grow along without any problems. Kumport decided to implement an IP-based system. In 2012 the port management engaged BES Technology as the partner, which undertook the implementation of the project. Upon their recommendation, SeeTec AG as a software specialist was brought on board. The stable and extensible approach of the German software manufacturer convinced both client and partner. The solution With the help of the SeeTec Multi Solution Platform, all requirements could be met. Its unique system approach serves individual customer wishes and provides perfectly adjusted solutions that focus on the user’s needs. The pivotal point of the solution is the SeeTec core software. As a modular toolkit, the SeeTec Multi Solution Platform also provides a number of additional modules and interfaces to third party systems such as access control solutions or burglar alarm systems. SeeTec systems can thus be adapted to new demands (amount of cameras, additional features) at any time. Furthermore, SeeTec convinced due to the branch on site and the support hotline available in the national language. As a modular toolkit, the SeeTec Multi Solution Platform also provides a number of additional modules and interfaces to third party systems such as access control solutions or burglar alarm systems The result 48 out of 56 legacy cameras were replaced by IP cameras. Currently the system contains 98 cameras in total. These are positioned at strategically important points such as port access road, building entrances and ship berths. The records are stored on a server. This has a storage capacity of 35TB to be able to provide the recorded footage as long as possible. The video recordings are viewed and evaluated in three operations centres in total. Two of these are located in the administration building – in the security department and at the port management – and one in Gumruklu Warehouse Area. Six people have access to the recordings – including four safety experts, the management board and the warehouse manager. In addition to the SeeTec Enterprise Clients included in the package, especially the SeeTec Web Client and the Mobile Client for iPhone, iPad and Android are frequently employed at Kumport. The Web Client is used to access the SeeTec system from any PC without prior software installation. Furthermore, the security personnel are constantly in action and it should be possible to alert them underway in case of emergency. With 16 client licenses, the port is optimally equipped for the current needs but can also be easily adapted to the further development of the port. Six of the licenses mentioned only have limited rights. In this case, this means that a previously defined part of the users is able to view the camera recordings but not to edit (e.g. export) them. Thus the confidential handling of the sensitive video data is ensured. The client Serkan Simeek, IT deputy manager and project director at Kumport, is extremely satisfied with the solution: “SeeTec has provided us with its simple management option that allows integration and usage of a great amount of cameras. We are yet always following the new software versions with interest to eventually be able to upgrade our facilities. The new system facilitates work for our security personnel and ensures more precise results. SeeTec has more than met our expectations. We are pleased to collaborate with SeeTec.”