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NATO Defense College in Italy enlists IP sentries

NATO Defense College in Italy enlists IP sentries

The NATO Defense College (NDC), a NATO military academy headquartered in Rome, decided to install a modern, high-quality video surveillance system consisting of 20 network cameras, NVR, and VMS for perimeter security of its facility. The system was installed and designed by Augen Telematica & Automazione.

Officially established in Paris in 1951, the NDC was moved to the Italian capital in 1966, becoming one of the most important sites in Europe for training military and diplomatic staff within and outside the NATO region. It has been housed in its current facility since 1999, with a vast floor space that has necessitated increased security equipment.

The selection of the Axis Communications camera models employed was dictated by the need to monitor the NDC grounds 24 hours, in particular at the new Defense College site. The specific network cameras installed are 19 fixed PTZ network cameras that offer HD video and 18x zoom, adapted for surveillance of large areas, providing considerable image detail when enlarged.

The video surveillance system installed by Augen has a three-tier design, consisting specifically of two workstations that video record with back-up, and a NVR to carry out recording, providing simultaneous rendering for the  network cameras on the perimeter, and able to ensure complete, precise coverage of the Defense College grounds; its strong points include device redundancy, network camera independence and ease of use. VMS and NVR synchronization is achieved using REDIS (advanced key-value store), a system that ensures system functionality and video recording capability even in the event of disasters that might damage one of the two workstations or render them inaccessible. The Ubuntu Linux-based VMS is developed and manufactured by Augen.

The solution adopted has made it possible to achieve video surveillance that is extremely reliable due to physical redundancy of the simultaneously active, independently operating workstations, and which is excellent from a qualitative perspective due to the exceptional image rendering and streaming obtained with the Axis network cameras even at night. The reliability and quality of the Axis network cameras is combined with an HP server that incorporates the Intel processor and the Ubuntu Linux operating system ensuring high performance, and at the same time guaranteeing immunity to hacker attacks and viruses.


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