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Loading Up Seaport Safety and Operational Efficiency

Strategically positioned and high-quality surveillance cameras allow port authorities to monitor expansive areas with greater ease. Efficiency and management precision of day-to-day activities are also improved in recent years with newer surveillance devices.

The Southern Africa Transport Investments (SATI) of South Africa wanted to address the problem of inside theft and to boost automated recordings for when containers arrive and depart, with easy access across the enterprise to relevant video footage.

SATI's previous vendor had installed a video surveillance security system that proved highly unsatisfactory as images were unclear. “Along with the problem of inside theft, arrival times and departures of cargo were done manually,” said Eugene Kayat, Country Manager for South Africa, Intelligent Security Systems (ISS).

The advanced algorithms of ISS software provide a level of intelligence, flexibility and accuracy for video management and analytics that were previously only available for government and military applications. Its container recognition and LPR software translates into the ability to clearly identify and easily read license plates and the sides, back and top of containers, both vertically and horizontally in the most challenging of weather conditions.

Kayat and the integration team proceeded to integrate the software into existing video cameras supplemented with ISS' encoders. SATI now has a security solution in place that provides clear, usable images. It is crucial to verify that container seals have not been tampered with, and because of the inherent flexibility and accuracy of SATI's current solutions, verification has become a seamless process for this seaport.

A sophisticated monitoring system at a container terminal at the Port of Malaga, Spain uses IndigoVision's IP-based system consisting of video surveillance, public address/ intercoms, analytics and integration with access control, to provide the port with site-wide security and support for its logistics operation. The facility covers 450,000 square meters and can accommodate the largest type of container ships in a 723-meter long, 16-meter deep berth. The IP video system was installed by port security specialist Enyca, with equipment and design support provided by authorized partner Ralco Networks.

The system can also transmit high-fidelity 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 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 containers.

Works tation srunning IndigoVision's management software are distributed around the facility: the security access control room, main operations center, planning department and 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 the transmitter modules, which convert the camera feed to DVD-quality, digital video for transmission over the network.

Enyca's own access control system is seamlessly integrated with the IP video. This allows events or alarms in the access control system to trigger actions in the management software. 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 the transmitter modules are used to enhance perimeter security. The virtual trip-wire analytics function has been configured on several fixed cameras. If an object crosses the trip wire, then an alarm is raised in the management software and operators are automatically alerted.

With 21 ports and more than 1,500 employees, Associated British Ports (ABP) is the largest port operator in the U.K. and a top cruise terminal operator, moving one quarter of the country's seaborne trade ranging from coal and containers to iron ore and vehicle imports/exports. ABP deployed Avigilon's HD surveillance system at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham to boost security and improve operational efficiency and ensure the successful management of international trade.

With the assistance of Global Vision CCTV, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation and service, when ABP began to roll out its new internal network infrastructure, the team determined that network cameras would more effectively meet their needs. Also, ABP deployed Avigilon's control center enterprise network video management software (NVMS) and installed Avigilon's megapixel cameras, analog video encoders and NVRs, all connected wirelessly and accessible across both ports at 11 kilometers apart.

At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11-megapixel cameras to monitor the vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate detail, and one 3-megapixel camera for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Security personnel use the NVMS with HD stream management to seamlessly manage the system 24/7 and store 30 days of continuous footage on two NVRs.

Six 5-megapixel cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lock gates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through, and to ensure that there are no obstructions. All six cameras are connected through the fiber network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live and footage is stored on one NVR. At the Bulk Park Terminal, four Avigilon analog video encoders are used to integrate a new analog PTZ camera and existing analog cameras into the surveillance system for greater performance and manageability. Four 1-megapixel cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weigh bridges, where cargo is weighed. An additional NVR was deployed to store footage from this installation.

ABP can now contain its operational staff costs at each location, while boasting a scalable, future-proof surveillance solution that can expand to meet growing needs.

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