Norwegian Airport Soars with Siemens Smart Video Solution

Bodo airport is situated in Norway's Nordland province. With flights to Oslo and other larger Norwegian towns, regional airlines fly from Bodo to the Lofoten islands. In 2007, the airport counted about 1.5 million passengers. To monitor security-related areas indoors and outdoors, Siemens supplied and installed an intelligent video surveillance system. The order came from Avinor AS Norway, the airport operator, which is responsible for almost the entire airport network system in the country.

Avinor wanted an efficient video solution capable of effectively monitoring important sections of the airport building, such as baggage handling, the security check area, and critical restricted areas. There was a requirement to ensure the security of parked airplanes and to improve the daily work processes at the airport.

"We chose Siemens as security partner for Bodo airport to improve security of critical areas within the airport. With a tailored security solution to suit the specific needs, they have heighten security while increasing the efficiency and operating reliability of the airport," said Haavard Breivik, Avinor's Security Manager.

The video surveillance system for the airport was developed and installed by a Siemens Security Solutions specialist team. The initial stage of the project covered the design of the system. This included site visits to determine the exact positions of the individual cameras and their viewing angles – mandatory requirements. Especially in the case of intelligent video solutions, it is important to position the cameras as accurately as possible, thus making certain that the best detection results are obtained. Also, Norway's special weather conditions had to be taken into consideration, particularly for outdoor installation.

The systems that were installed include Siveillance SiteIQ and Siveillance People. Siveillance SiteIQ ensures surveillance of very large areas with only one display. An aerial photograph of the airport is used to display movements in the form of classified icons showing people, cars, trucks and airplanes. Crucial alarm zones were set up. In the event of an alarm, the respective video image appears on the display “picture-in-picture“ and on defined alarm monitors.

Siveillance People allows the use of various types of video content analysis plug-ins, such as Queue, Crowd or Baggage. At Bodo airport, the Queue plug-in was installed for the first time. This device monitors the queue at security check to determine the number of people waiting, enabling the system to inform about the anticipated waiting time for leaving passengers and for staffing planning.

The core of the plant is the video center consisting of two system cabinets. Accommodated in these cabinets are the servers of the intelligent video surveillance systems, the IVM video management systems with I/O server, digital video recorder and a video crossbar. SIMATRIX NEO ensures operation should the network fail. The cameras are connected to the center via fiber optic transmission. Another challenge was integration of the existing dome cameras into the new system.

The entire video surveillance system is monitored and operated from a control center using the IP network or a redundant operator panel with analog monitors. If an alarm is set off either automatically or manually, relevant camera images appear directly on the alarm monitors.

A user and access right concept was developed with the client. This concept allows certain users with individual user rights to access the system or parts of it from designated locations across the entire airport.

The airport at Bodo operates a video surveillance system tailored to its special needs. All security-related areas are monitored, camera images are recorded and, in the event of an alarm, a quick response is ensured. Surveillance of critical open spaces with only one TFT display is user-friendly. Statistical information provided by the system about the waiting area at security check helps personnel.

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