IndigoVision IP Surveillance Optimizes Spanish Container Company Management

IndigoVision IP Surveillance Optimizes Spanish Container Company Management
IndigoVision's IP video solution is behind a monitoring system at a container terminal in the Port of Malaga, Spain. The system uses video surveillance, audio PA/intercoms, analytics and integration with access control to provide the port with site-wide security and support for its logistics operation. The facility covers 450,000m2 and can accommodate the largest type of container ships in a 723m long, 16m deep berth. The IP video system was installed by port security specialist Enyca, with equipment and design support provided by IndigoVision's partner, Ralco Networks.

The system has delivered cost savings across the operation as Jorge Martín, Technical Director & Port Facility Security Officer, said, “In addition to providing all round security, the surveillance system has transformed our operations. It enables us to better organize our employee shift patterns, investigate health and safety breeches, resolve labor disputes and most importantly monitor and track container shipments, providing video evidence in the event of any customer claims. All of these have helped us to reduce costs.”

IndigoVision's open architecture provides the container terminal with a flexible and scalable system, which not only benefits their current operation but was also key to providing a secure environment during construction. All components, including cameras, video recorders and video management workstations can be located at any point on the network, allowing them to be easily repositioned as necessary through the various construction phases.

The system can also transmit synchronized audio alongside the video. Enyca used this feature to deploy IP-based communications at the access points to the terminal. When an arriving truck driver presses a button, which is connected to a digital input in the IndigoVision transmitter module, an audio link is established with the operations center. Operators can then relay instructions to the driver for the safe drop off or collection of their containers. The operators also use the PA facilities in the security management software to broadcast pre-recorded messages and free speech to camera-mounted speakers on the poles and cranes to manage operations and issue warnings in the event of an incident.

Workstations running security management software is distributed around the facility in the security access control room, main operations center, planning department and in the Director's offices. These allow operators to monitor live and recorded video from the 40 PTZ and fixed cameras. The cameras are mounted around the perimeter at the access points to the facility and on poles and cranes to monitor container movements. All the cameras are high-performance analog units connected to transmitter modules, which convert the camera feed to digital video for transmission over the network.

“By mounting the cameras at a number of fixed locations and on the mobile cranes allows us to monitor and record container movements from a number of different angles.” Martín said. “This ensures we have ample evidence in the event of a customer dispute. High-quality video clips can easily be exported from the system for external analysis and investigation.”

Using extensive integration capability, Enyca's access control system is integrated with the IP video system across the network. This allows events or alarms in the access control system to trigger actions. For example, an access alarm can automatically move a PTZ camera to a preconfigured position, display that camera on a spot monitor and identify its location on an interactive map.

Real-time analytics built into IndigoVision's transmitter modules are being used to enhance perimeter security. The virtual trip wire analytics function has been configured on several fixed cameras monitoring the perimeter. If an object crosses the trip wire then an alarm is raised and operators are automatically alerted. The use of alarms, integration and analytics helps significantly improve operator efficiency and incident response.
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