March Networks announced that Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand has standardized on the company's IP video surveillance solution to support safety and security requirements across its operations. The March Networks video management software and high-definition IP cameras have provided such a high return in operational efficiencies that the solution is now a critical component of the airport's overall business.
Christchurch Airport's surveillance commitment has increased considerably in recent years because of the worldwide focus on transport security. The airport has expanded its coverage from a few dozen to hundreds of cameras, including more than 200 March Networks MiniDome and PTZ IP cameras, to gain greater visibility of its terminal, airfield and automated baggage system. It is also using the solution for operational purposes, such as managing gate allocations for incoming flights, directing taxis to where they are most needed, and responding remotely to inquiries from unattended carpark gates.
The March Networks system withstood a violent, 6.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the city of Christchurch on February 22, 2011. The city has recorded more than 10,000 aftershocks since that time, but the system has never gone down or lost video.
Christchurch Airport's security and IT teams engaged in a rigorous evaluation process before selecting the Command solution, working with certified March Networks provider ECL Security. As a next step, the airport is planning a complete integration with its access control system. It is also assessing the use of video analytics available in the March Networks portfolio, such as loitering or left baggage detection.