Milestone connecting harbors at a single hub

Milestone connecting harbors at a single hub
Trondheim Port Authority is owned by 13 municipalities and is the region's largest port authority. It sits midway along the coastline of a heavily-trafficked Norwegian fjord affected by cold, wet and windy Scandinavian weather.

Strong winds seriously affect containers that are being off-loaded and ships can become unmoored. Milestone Systems VMS now enables security personnel to get a sharp overview of safety issues and to respond far more quickly. Comprehensive coverage across the multiple harbors provides effective situational awareness so incidents can be brought into greater focus. Using PTZ cameras with overlay buttons and preset positions has been a successful addition.

Milestone video management software allows security to put extra focus on identified high-risk zones. With Milestone XProtect software they can retrieve footage from an incident for insurance purposes or provide evidence to police authorities in incidents of a more serious nature. The Milestone Smart Client, with its streamlined interface, has advanced investigation tools and an easy-to-navigate video timeline enabling operators to examine incidents quickly and accurately.

Accidents and Environmental Monitoring
With heavy freight and shipping traffic, accidents and environmental occurrences are a natural part of the landscape. One example is when a ship occasionally bangs into pier, causing damage that must be repaired. The ability to document the incident and record any expenses improves the service offerings Trondheim Harbor provides to its customers. Another example occurs when authorities spot a ship leaking oil during refueling. It is vital for the health of the waterways to respond to such an incident immediately and take mitigating action.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies. Having come into force in 2004, it prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to "detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade". Adhering to ISPS code was vital in Milestone Partner Triangel Consulting's installation at Trondheim.

A Future-Proof Solution
Currently, monitoring is centralized at a single site, but may be expanded to multiple sites once the nearby harbors are connected to Trondheim's video center. The Harbor Port Authority installs cameras themselves while Triangel helps with the design and other expertise.

Trondheim Harbor upgraded its system so they now have approximately 70 cameras in total. They plan to expand with an additional 30-40 cameras and connect the video solutions from nearby harbors. They plan to replace older cameras with new 5MP and 4K models.

"The ability to scale up in the future is extremely important to us, as well as having easy integration with analytics and other systems. Milestone products were an ideal solution as they offer enormous flexibility for expansion," said Roar Johnsen, Trac Inpsector at Trondheim Harbor.

The Milestone solution can be expanded to include more cameras and facilities as the company grows. Milestone designs its products as an open platform technology making it possible to integrate with third-party solutions. This gives Trondheim Harbor several opportunities to broaden the functionality of their system.

Triangel as a Milestone Community Partner
Triangel Consulting, Milestone partner since 2002, engineers, designs and leads the way for advanced solutions for video surveillance and video content analytics (VCA). They provided design expertise services for the Trondheim installation.

"We have long experience with IP-based technology, starting with the Axis NetEye200 network camera in 1997. We put great emphasis on involving the customer in the implementation phase and ensuring them necessary expertise," said Finn Humborstad, Senior IT Business Consultant at Triangel AS. "Using remote support over the Internet, we provide effective support during the operational phase and perform critical updates. This ensures stable operation and long system life."


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