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Success with Multisite Surveillance

Success with Multisite Surveillance

Large government projects around Asia, such as airports and city surveillance, are turning to multisite surveillance systems for greater visibility and management control. From upgrading analog to installing new and complete IP solutions, this phenomenon creates success stories daily.

Barco Builds Visibility for Shanghai Pudong International Airport Shanghai Pudong International Airport Terminal 2 has been in operation since March 26, 2008. With the opening of the second terminal, the airport increased its total annual capacity to 60 million passengers and six million tons of air freight, making it one of busiest airports in the People's Republic of China.

To manage operational efficiency and overall security in a central and coordinated way, the airport installed a total of 82 Barco rear-projected display cubes in five different operational management centers. These five centers are all linked and coordinated, ensuring a seamless, fully-functioning organization and control management model.

Linking Five Centers
The Airport Operation Center is the onsite operation command center at Pudong Airport, centrally located in the airport facility. Its core responsibilities are airport operation management and emergency response. To ensure daily flight safety and onsite passenger service, the center is equipped with a display wall featuring eight by three 67-inch cubes.

The Emergency Response Center within the AOC has its own dedicated control room.

Another 24 display cubes are situated in the Terminal Operation Center, which facilitates daily operations, safety and service protection within the terminal. The TOC is the command center for the entire terminal area, managing daily operations in a unified way.

The Traffic Information Center is the key component in the new, multiterminal, multirunway operation model at Pudong Airport. A broad range of vehicles, including rail, maglev, airport bus, urban public transport, coaches and taxis are managed at the airport from this integrated traffic center. With the help of the control room display, the Traffic Information Center controls all terrestrial traffic and functions in real time, streamlining information to improve traffic service capability, operation efficiency and overall service quality.

Finally, the Utility Management Center is the energy protection system monitoring center at Pudong Airport. The center is responsible for monitoring the operation of ventilation, fuel supply, airport water supply and sewage processing, and power supply. This area has a large screen display totaling eight cubes, whereas the Power Control Center features a six-cube display wall.

More Visibility, Faster Reaction Time
All five centers at the Pudong Airport are equipped with Barco's display cubes to establish true, seamless multisite surveillance.

Mirasys Secures City of Bangkok
Mirasys' surveillance software was selected for one of world's most renowned cities, Bangkok, Thailand. As Bangkok renews its city-wide surveillance program, it sought a system that could integrate different types of hardware and cameras, and that would remain flexible over the coming years. Mirasys was chosen as the software provider due to its integration capabilities, reliability and long-term adaptability.

The software, which will support more than 3,000 network cameras in Bangkok, allows digital images to be recorded and monitored both locally and centrally. The system will also be extended with intelligence features to allow effective long-term use of the system. Bangkok's existing analog cameras will be integrated within the Mirasys solution.

M.R. Sukhumbhand Paripatra, Governor of Bangkok, said in a prepared statement, "We want to take additional measures to maintain the public safety of the entire city. The key to success will be the collaboration between public and private sector such as hotels, shopping malls, gas stations, convenience stores and movie theaters. With this particular procurement, we believe that there will more than 20,000 cameras to cover the most important areas within next four years."

Bosch Subtly Surveys Griffith
A bustling agricultural centre in New South Wales' (NSW) Murrumbidgee irrigation area, Griffith has a population of 24,000 and is the heartland of Australia's wine and vegetable production. Designed by Sir Walter Burley Griffin and founded in 1916, the city incorporates 10 hectares of parkland and lies near Lake Wyangan and the beautiful Cocoparra National Park. With a thriving economy and a young and growing population, Griffith has quickly expanded from a quiet rural town to a vibrant city. Throughout this process, Griffith Council and NSW Police have faced challenges common to all fast growing rural centers in Australia —an increase in crime in public areas.

In order to guarantee the safety and security of the Griffith Central Business District, it was decided that an IP video surveillance system should be employed. Importantly, this was a greenfield site — there was no existing surveillance system in place. It was a fundamental issue that made the installation both easier and more difficult. On the positive side, there was no legacy technology in place. On the negative side, the Council and the community had no experience with surveillance technology.

The Council, in conjunction with the NSW Police Department, identified an area of Banna Avenue that was particularly prone to assaults and other forms of violent crime. Armed with this information and a clear understanding of the required outcomes, the Council began the process of preparing for Federal funding and compiling a specification for tender release. The tender was released with suggested locations for cameras and areas of coverage required as a minimum. The aspects of the system that were seen as critical to the council were; reliability, quality, service and backup, operator acceptance, compatibility and value for money.

System Design
Designed around six locations, each comprising one PTZ camera and two fixed dome cameras, the multisite solution stores all video streams at 4CIF and 25 images per second for 31 days and is used by the New South Wales (NSW) Police to ensure safety and security in the Griffith Central Business District (CBD).

All cameras are from the Bosch Security Systems IP range and each camera location comprises a 4-port gigabit switch and media converter residing on a dedicated gigabit fiber LAN. The camera power supply, switch and converter are all housed inside the pole itself to avoid the need for a communications box on the pole.

Installation Challenges
There were challenges with the Griffith multisite solution. Griffith Council had no experience with CBD video surveillance systems and relied on town planners and engineers to manage the project from concept to handover. This involved the development of Standard Operating Procedures, compliance with the Code of Practice, Application for funding from the Federal Government and a Community Consultation Process.

There were also major challenges for the installation team and these began well before the system was installed. Cameras needed to be mounted on existing infrastructure in some cases. That meant a neat and attractive solution was required for mounting the cameras to poles. Careful design, product selection and consultation with the local power utility saw that the IP infrastructure was fit soundly within the poles.

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