Published on 7 February, 2007
IndigoVision's complete IP Video solution is at the heart of a 600 camera CCTV surveillance system at the newly expanded Doha International Airport (DIA) in Qatar.
As part of the preparations for DOHA 2006, the 15th Asian Games, DIA expanded its main passenger terminal; added new first and business class lounges and increased the capacity of its cargo facilities. The existing analogue CCTV system was replaced with an IndigoVision IP Video solution following an in-depth evaluation of competing technologies by the IT department of QATAR Airways, the managing authority for DIA.
"In our technical evaluation IndigoVision's system scored 87%, well ahead of the other systems tested," said Sourav Sinha, Head of IT Department at Qatar Airways. "We were particularly impressed with IndigoVision's ability to deliver very high quality video with minimal bandwidth, its integration with the access control and alarm systems and the powerful features of the video management software."
The new system, installed by IndigoVision's local partner Capital Technology WLL, provides security staff with centralised monitoring of the whole airport complex from one control room located in the main passenger terminal - the furthest camera being located some 5Km away. In addition there are satellite monitoring stations in the cargo terminal and the new first and business class terminal. In total, 11 operators and 2 supervisors use dual-display workstations running ‘Control Center', Indigovision's enterprise video and alarm management software.
‘Control Center' allow operators to monitor live video feeds from any of the 600 cameras and recorded footage from the IndigoVision Networked Video Recorders (NVR). Ten NVRs have been installed to provide a redundant recording solution that can record in excess of 30 days of video from all cameras at 4CIF 25fps, via 225TB of Raid 5 storage. The flexibility of IndigoVision's IP Video means that a ‘Control Center' workstation can be located at any point on the network, which has allowed the location of further workstations in the DIA CEO's office and with the Qatar Airways security supervisor.
Capital Technology also installed a new access control system that was fully integrated into ‘Control Center' to provide full alarm management. The tight integration of alarms with video management in ‘Control Center' allows the virtual matrix to be driven by alarm events, e.g. a salvo of cameras can be displayed when an alarm is raised from a given access point.
The 600 cameras are a combination of PTZ and fixed, with each being connected to an IndigoVision 8000 transmitter/receiver module which converts the analogue feed to DVD quality full-frame rate digital video for transmission over the newly installed LAN. IndigoVision's advanced compression technology minimises bandwidth requirements and ensures that the operators view video that is indistinguishable from analogue. This project demonstrates IndigoVision's IP Video technology is flexible and provides CCTV solutions that cannot be matched by traditional analogue systems.