Airport Video Surveillance Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jun 30, 2015, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

This 20-page guide explains the key uses, design factors, and players in the Airport Surveillance market.

A global group of 40 integrators and consultants with airport project experience responded, each offering insights in selling, implementing, and maintaining airport video surveillance systems.

This is a continuation in our vertical specific survey series. Others include: 

Questions Answered

In this survey, we share insights on these aspects of airport surveillance systems:

(1) Most Common Camera Locations

(2) PTZ vs. Fixed Cameras Usage

(3) Most Common Camera Manufacturers

(4) Most Common VMSes Deployed

(5) Video Analytics Usage / Obstacle

(6) Hardwired vs Wireless Networking

(7) Storage Types Selected

(8) Common Camera Resolutions

(9) Most Common System Integrations

(10) Primary Surveillance Goals

(11) Primary System Users

(12) Sources of Purchase & Maintenance Funding

(13) System Specifications Writers and Issues

(14) Biggest Surveillance Improvement Needed

*** **** ***** ********** *** *** finding *** ******** *****:

  1. ****** *********: ******* ***** ******** ** ***** extensive, *** *** **** ** ********* covering ** **** **** ** ********. However, *** ******** **** **** ** least ***: *********, ********* **********, ******** Checkpoints, ********* *****, ******* ******, *** Flight ****/****** *****.
  2. ****** *****: ******** ********* **** ***** ******* (~75% ** *******), *** **** ****** with ****** ********* ******* (**** ****** or *********), *** **** (~**%).
  3. *******: ******** ************** **** **** ***** networks, ****** *********** *** ******** ** primary *******. *******, ******** ********* ** used *** ******* ** ***** ***** where ******* ***** ** **** *********** or ************* **********, **** ** ********* runways.
  4. ***********: ********** ****** ******* ** ********* integrated **** *****, *** *** ******* of ********* ********** *** ****** ** isolated ****** ****** **** ********** *****.
  5. *****: ******** ********* ****** ****** ************ operators *** ******** ******* ***** ***** and **** ******** ********* *************. *******, in **** ***** *** ****** ** operators ** ****** *** ***** ** maximize *** ********* ******* ** ******** surveillance *******.
  6. ******* / *****: ******-*** ******* ****** *** ******, undoubtedly *** ** *** **** ********** of ******* ******** *** ***** *********** of ******** ******.  *** *** ********* especially, ********** **** ************ ***** * few ****** ******, ****** *** ******* fragmented ******* ******* ***********************.
  7. ****** **********: *******, ******** *** ******** ** HD / ************** *******, ***** **** ****** *** 'sweetspot' ******* ***** *** *** ***********. However, **** ******** **** ***** ******* and ******* *********, ******* **** ** continue **** ** ****** *******.
  8. *********: ***** ********* *** ******* *********** ** low.  ******* ***** *********** ** *** most ****** ******** **** ***** ***** types **** ************ ******* **** ***** results.
  9. *******: **** ** ************* ********** ** storage ********* *** *********, ****** ******** or **** ***** ******** ******* ** commonplace **** ************ ** ******* ******* receiving *** ****** ******** *** **** systems.
  10. **************: **** ******* ** ***********, ** is *** **** ******** ****, *** end ****** ** ********* ********. *******, when *** **** ** ******* ** a ******* *&* ****, *** ******* are ********* ****.
  11. *******: ** *******, ******* ***** **** the *** ****, **** **** ********* funding **** ******** *********** ** ********* operator ***********.  ******* ******** ** ************ systems *** ** ********* **** ********* budgets ** ********** ******* ***********.
  12. ************:  ******* ***** ********* **** **** was *** ******* ********* *********** **** respondents, ******* ******** ***** ***** ******* and **** ************ **** ******* ********* said ********* ***** *********** ******* **** a **** *********** ****.

Camera *********

********: **** *** *** **** ****** ********* to ****** ******* *******? ***? **** are **** **** ***?

*******: ******* ************ ** **********. ******* comments ******* **** ************ ******** ***** are ******* **** ** ******; *** if *** ***** ** *********, ***** square **** ** **** ***** ** covered.  *** ***** *** *** *****-*******, summarized ** ******** ******* ** ****:

"[***** ************ **] **** *** ******* ************, ****-*********, ******** manpower ******** ** *** *****, ********* screening ** ****** ******, ****** ********** behavior *** ******, *********** ********* ** gates *** ***** ***** ****** *** airport, ****** ************ ****** ** ********** areas *** ****** ******** ** ********** areas, ******* *** ****** ********* *******, entrance *** **** ** ******* **********."

*******, ******* ** ****** ****** ******* and ******* ** * ******** ** specific ***** ***** ******.  *** ******* priority ***** *** ***** ** ****** access ******, **** ******** ******* *** parking *** *********.  *** ****** ******** areas *** ***** ****** ****** *********** and ******* ****** ***** ** *** tightly ******* ****** **** ********** *****.

*** ******** ***** ******* ******** ***** for **** ****: 

****** ****** *** ********* ***** ******

  • "***** *** **** ***** ** *** terminals ** ******* ********* *********"
  • "********/**** ***** - *** **************, ********* fence - *** ***********."
  • "******* *********: ** ******* *** ********* and ****** *** ******* *********, ******, suspicious ******** ** ********."
  • "*** ****** ******. *** *** ********* ** Air **** ****** ****** *****"
  • "*****/****/******** ***********. ****** ******** *** ********* walkways. ******* *****."
  • "******** *** ****** *** ******; **** sterile (******) *** ***-******* (***-******) *****."
  • "*** **** ********** ** *** ******** like ********* ** **** ***** ***** is *********."

******** ***********

** ********, *** ***** ****** ** airport ************ *** ** ** ****** passengers ** ****** ********** **** ******* a ***** ******** *** ****** ********:

  • "*********** **** *** ******* ************* ** cameras ** **** ****** ****** ** at ***** ** ******* ********* ********. Events ********* *********** ****. **** ******* to **** ***** **** *** ******, as ******** **** *** ***** ***** and ** ****** ******* ******."
  • "********* ***** ********** ******* ********** ** Security ** *********** ** *********."
  • "*** *********** ** ***** *** ********** are *********."
  • "*** ********** ***** ******* ** *** are ***** ************ *****. **** ******* in * ***** ****."
  • "****** *** ********* *****.  **** ****** needs ** ** ********, **** *** number ** ******."
  • "******* ********** ***** (** ********* **** adjoin ***) *** *** ******** ***********."
  • "******** *********** ******* **** *** ***** point ** ***** ** *********."

********* *****

*** **** **** ** ************ ********** fall ** *** ***** **** ******* passengers ** ********* ** ******* ********. Verification ** ********** ******** ** ******* airplanes, *** ********** ******** ********* **** passed ******** ********* **** ***** ** the ******* *****:

  • "************ ** *** ***** ** ********* by *** ***."
  • "*** ******* *** ********* ******* *****, to ******* ********* ** ******."
  • "******* ** **** *********** *****.  **** might ******* ****** ***** ** ********** areas."
  • "**** ********* ******* ************** ******* ***** of ******** ******** *** ******** ****** from *** ****-**** ** *********."
  • "**** ***** - ******* ******** *** ID ** ******."
  • "******* ********* *** ** ****** ** the *****/*****-**."
  • "******* ***** ** ********** ** *** gates ***** ******* ***** **** ****** in *** *******."

******* ***** *** ******* *******

******* *** **** ** *** **** where ********** **** ** ******* ** freight ***** *****. *** **** ******* for ******** ** ***** ***** *** simply *****, ********** ****, ** ***********, and ********** ***** ** **** ****** claims ** ******** *******:

  • "** *** ******** ******* ** *** planes ** *** ******** *** ******** of *** ******** *** **********."
  • "******* ***** ** ******* ********** *** unattended *******."
  • "********** ******* **** *** ******* ******* ********."
  • "******* ***** ** ***** ********* ** how **** ****** ****."
  • "****** *** ******** *** *** **** to *** **** ** **** ****** try ** *** ***** ******."
  • "******* ***** ***** **** *** **** to *** ******. ***: ******* *** unauthorized ******, ********** ********, ********** ****"

**********/****** *****

*******, ********** *********** ***** *********** ******* the ***** *** ******* ******* ** airport *********, ***** *********, *** **** security ** *** ****** ****** ********** is ******** *******. *******, **** ******** noted ***** ***** *** ******* **** as ***** ******* ***** *** '******' areas *** ******* ***** ******** ** higher *** ** ****** ********:

  • "** *** ******** ******* ** *** planes ** *** ******** *** ******** of *** ******** *** **********."
  • "***** ** ******* ******* ***** ** well ** ******** ************** **** ** fuel *****."
  • "************, ******** *** ********* ******* ** as **** **** *** **** ** a ********."
  • "****** *** ******** *** ******* ********."
  • "******** ****** *** ** **** **** and ******* **** ******** ******/******** **** do *** ******."
  • "*** **** ****** *** *** ******* and *** ******."

PTZ **. ***** ******* **********

********: **** ********** ** ******* *** ***** vs ***? ***? **** ****** ****?

*******: ********** ***************** **** *** **********, ******** *** them **** **** ************. **** *** them ***** **% ** *** ****, and **** * *** ******** ******* than **% *** ***.

***** **** ******** ******* **** *********, staffing ****** *** ***, *** **** answers ********* *** ***** ** **** relative **** ****** *** ******** ************ means *** *** ** ************ ** most ********: 

**** *** *** *****

*******, *** ***** **** ** *** PTZs *** ********* **** ******* ** high-interest **** ***** ***** ******* ***** are *** **********:

  • "**% ***, ** ****** ****** ***** PTZs *** **** *** ********* ******* by ***********"
  • "***** ******* ***** ***** *** *****, Additional ***'* *** ******** **** ******* to *****/****** ********."
  • "**% ***** *** ********** ******* *** in ********* *** ********* *** ********."
  • "**** ** *** ******* **'** ******** are ***** ******* ** *** ******** terminal *****, *** *** ** *** outside/public ****-*** *****. **** ****** *** control ****** ***** ** ***** * vehicle, ***** ********** ****** *** ******** are ******** *** ***** *******."
  • "***** **% ***** *** **% *** (can ****) ***** *** ***** ****** (e.g. *** *****, ***** ******, ***.) PTZ *** ******* *********** (*.*. ************ of **** **** **** *** ***** in *****)"

******** ******* ** ****

*** *** ******** ********** ***** *** adoption *** ********* ****, ** **** terms ** *** ********** ********* ****** to *** ****, *** *** ******** cost ** *** ****** ******:

  • "****** * **% ******* *** *****. There ** *** ******* ***** ** control ***."
  • "**** *****, *** **** *******."
  • "**% *****. **** **** *** **** man *****."
  • "****** ** % *** *** *** to ****** ** ******** ******** ******* involved."

Typical ********** ****

********: **** ** *** ******* ******* ********** ** airport *******? *** *** ****/****?

*******: ***** ** *********** *** ******* and **** ***, ***, ** **** higher *********** ******, **** ******** ***** **** heavily ** ** ** ****** ******* resolutions *** ** *********** ******* ** existing ********** ***********.

****** ******

  • "*** ** *** ******* *** ******. No ***** ** *** ****** ****** to ******* ** **** ****."
  • "***** ******** ******** ** *** ** the ******** ****** ** ** ** is ** ****** ****** **** *** analog *******."
  • "* ***. ****** ****** ******* *** still *********."
  • "******* ** *** **** ***** ***** some ***** ****** *** ** ***. Budget ***** ******* ********* ** *** bad ***********."
  • "*** ******** ***** **** *** ********** recovered **** *** ** *** ******* so ***** ** ***** * ***** factor. * ***** *** * ******** of ****** ******* ******* ******* ********. The ******** *** ******* **** * MP ******* ** *** ******** *** 1MP ** *** *****."
  • "** *** * *** ** ***** still ******* *** **** ***********.  **** of ***** ******* **** **** **** HD ** ******."

****/ *****

  • "*** ******* *** **/******. **** **** of ****** *** **** *** **** picture ** *** **********."
  • "*** *** ******* ************, ****** *** investigation, ***** *** ****** ****** ***. Customer ************ *** *********** ******* ********* drive ****."
  • "**** - ******** ** ******* + storage *******."
  • "***, ** *** ******* **** *** your **** ***** ****, ***** *********** decent *** ***** *******."
  • "*.*** ** *** ******* **** *'** seen ***** **** ***** ********** ******* cameras. **** *****'* ******* ****** ****** and *********** *** **** *** ********* typically ***** ***** ***** **** ******** cameras ******* **** ******* ****** **** really ***'* **** ** ** **** higher."
  • "*** ******** **** **** ********** **** HD ** ******** *** ******/***** ******* and ******* ************."
  • "*'** **** *******, *** ********* *** it ** * ******* ****. **** still ******* ***** ****** ****** *******, and **** **** ******** ** ***** on *******."
  • "**** *** *** ******** ** ***** - ***** ****** **** **********. ****** for ******* ***** - *.*. **** wide ***** ** **** *** ************** of ******."

*** ** ******* 

  • "**** *** *** *** ***** ******* in **** ***** ** *** ****** for ********* ******** **** ****** **** 10MP *** **."
  • "*-*** ****** *** ** **** *** storage. **** ***** **** ** **** more ** *** ****** **** ** becomes **** **** *********. **** ****** is **** ********* ** **** *** get **** *** **** ******* ** the **** ** *** ********."
  • "**** (**********) ** ******, ***** *** have ** **** ** ******. ********* is **** ** ** ***** **** storage."
  • "******* ***** *** ***** *** ***** small ***** ***** ****/*** ******* ** 3/5MP ******* ******** ******** *** **** areas ( **** **** **** *****-****** products ** ***** *****) ******* * see ********** **** *** ** **** depending ** *** ********/*****."

Common ****** *************

********: **** ****** ************* ** *** **** often *** ** ******* ************ *******? Why **** *** ******?

*******: **********, ******* ****** **** ******** ***** and ** **** *** ******** **** one ***** *****. ** *******, ***** selection ******* *** ******* **** *** budget, **** ****** ******* **** ****** to *** ***-*** ****** *** ****:

  • "****, ****, *********, *****, ***. **** all **** ***** ******** ** ***** to."
  • "***** ******** **** ******* ******* **** smaller **** **** *** ******* *** system ****** ******* *** ******* ** the *** ******* *********."
  • "********* *** **** *** ************* **** AXIS, *******, **** *** *******. ********** models ******** *** ***** ** **** factor, *****-*** ** **** ** ********** requirements."
  • "********, *****, ****, ****, *** ****. I ***** *** ***** *** ********* chosen ** *** **** ************, *********, and ***** ** *** ********."
  • "******* ***** ***** **** ** ****, Pelco, ***** ******* *** *** ******* making *** ** ***** ******** *****-***** domestic *** ************* *************."
  • "****, ***** *** **** ** ** VideoIQ. **** ***** **** *** ****** for ***** ***, ***** *** ***** like ******** ***** ********* ** *** third."
  • "*****, ****, ****, *****, *********. **** are ****** ******* ** *** ************ on *** ************* **** *** ******** makers ** *** *******. **** ************* will ****** ** *****.  **** ************* will **** *** ******** ****** ** get ** ******* ******* *** *** reference, ** ***** *** *********** ** not ** *****."

***-**** *******

*******, **** **** ** * ******, the *********** '****** *******' **** ********* (crowned ** * *** ****** ** our ******** *** ***** ************ ************* ******) ******* *** *********:

  • "* *** *** *****. ****** ****** for ***** *** *** *******. **** to ** ** ***** **% ** more ** ** **********. "
  • "* ******* ********* *** ***** ***** costs **** **** **** ** **** more. (*** **** ** **** ** a **** ****)"
  • "*********, ****, **** *** ******. ** depends ** *** **** ** ***** is ******* ** * ********** ******* specifies ****."
  • "** *** ********* ************ ******** *******."

Common ***** ********

********: **** ***** ** *** **** ***** see ** ******* ************ *******? *** idea *** **** *** ******?

*******:  ** **** *******, ***** *********** did *** **** ** *** *** player, *** ****** *********** *** ***** ************ *** ****** ***** ************ ***** *******, ******* ********* ****** **** ****-**** brands *** *** *** ******* ******** of ****** ** ***** *******:

  • "** *** ******* *** *********."
  • "**** * ************* ********* *******, ********* and *****. *** **** *** ******* number ** ********* *******, **** ********* support, **********-***** ********, ****** *********** **** the ***** ****** ******* *******."
  • "*** ***** ********: *******, *****, *********."
  • "*********, ****, *******"
  • "*******, ******* *** ********* *** *** most ****** ****. **** *** ****** based ** *** **** *********** ** the ****** **** *** *******. *** 3 **** ******* ******** **** ** less."
  • "*********, *********, ******** *** ****** ***** of ************'* **** *** *** ***** own ******* **** **** ** ****** here."
  • "*********, *******, *****, ********. ***** ************ have * **** **** ** ************ supported *** ******* ******* *****."

Wireless ** ***** ********** ***

********: **** ********** ** ******* *** **** wired vs ********? **** ****** ****?

*******:  **** ********* ******** ***** ******** the ***** ********, **** **** ******** 90% ** ***** ******* ********* **** a ***** *** ** ******* ***********, better ***********, *** ***** ****:

  • "***% **** *****, **** ******** *** more ******"
  • "** **** **** ******** ******** ******* where ** **** *** **** ** physically ***** *** ******; * **** example ** **** ***** ** *** de-icing **** *****."
  • "**% *********, ** *** ******* ******* is *********. ******** ** **** *** the **** ******* ******* ** *** parking ****."
  • "***% **** ***** ** **** ************ is **********."
  • "********** ***% *********. ********** *************."
  • "** ********** ** ***% ***** *** security ******** *** ** ******** **** bandwidth ** ************ **** ******** ********* or ********."

******** ******** ********

******* ******* ******* **** ******** ******** are ******** ** ******* ** *******.  This ** ******** ********** ***** *** comparatively ********** ******** ** **** ************ ******* ***** '**** ********' *** *** ********* as * ****** *******:

  • "*** ******* *** **** ***** ******* of **** ******** ** ************."
  • "****** *** *** **** *****. ******? It's *** *** **'* ****** **** done. ***** ******** ***********, *** ******** (perceived) ********"
  • "*** ******* *** *****. **** ***'* to *** **-** *** ******** *******."
  • "**** ******** *** ******** ******* *** no ************. **** ****** ** ******** reason."
  • "***% *****. ******** ***** **** ******** / *********."

******** **** ********

*******, **** ******** ** ****, ** ********* is **** ******* ***** ********* ** long ******** ** ******** ** ******** is *** ********** ** *** ********* to ********:

  • "******** **** **** *** ****** ***** due ** ***** ****** ************."
  • "**** **** *% *** ******** *** these *** ********* **** ****** **-***** areas, ******* *****, *** ********* *******. These ***** *** ** *** **** wired ********** ****** **** *** **** option ** ********."
  • "******** ** **** **** **** ******* is *** ******** ** ** **** prohibitive."
  • "*% ********, *** **** ** ***** locations **** ********* *** ****** *****."

Video ********* ***

********: *** ***** *** ***** ********* ** license ***** *********** ***** ****? **** types? *** ** *** ***?

*******:  ***** ********* *** ******* *********** is ***.  ******* ***** *********** ** the **** ****** ******** **** ***** other ***** **** ************ ******* **** mixed *******:

***/**** ** ****** 

  • "*** ***** *****, ** ******* *** now ****** ********. "
  • "***** *********** ** ****** **** *** is **** **** ********. *** **** problems ** ******* ******* ******, **** they *** *** ****** **********."
  • "*** *** **** *** ******** ******"
  • "**** *** ****** ****** *** ****** reliable *** ******* ***********."
  • " ******* ***** *** ***** **** ** the ******* ****. *** ** *** airport ******."

***** ***** **********

  • "** ** *** *** ********* *****. ***** positive ****** *** *** ***** ******** situation *** ******* ******** ***** ******* they *** *** **** ** *** shutting **** * *********, *** **** being ****** *** ****** *** ********* operations *****."
  • "*** **** *****, *** ********** ** goals."
  • "***** ********* ** ***** **** *** not ****** *********. *** ****** ** error ** *** (**** ***********) *** because ** ******* ***** ** ****** areas ** ** *******, ** *** many ***** ******."
  • "**** ** * *****, ** *** not **** **********, *** *** *** actually ********."

Storage ***** ********

********: **** **** ** ******* ** ****? DAS? ***? ***? ******* ********** ** not? ***?

*******: * ******** **** ******* ******** *******, *** **** funding ********* ** ***** ****** ********** is * ****** ** ** ****** for ****** ****** ******* ** ** the **** **** ****.

******* ******** *******

  • "***. ******** *** ********."
  • "*** ** **** **** ** ****** is ***. **** ******* ********** ** a ****."
  • "** *** ****** ** **** ******* NAS ***** ***** ** **** ****** with ****, ********** ** ********** **********. DAS ** **** **** ** **** small *******. ** ** *** ******** to *** * ** **** *******."
  • "*** **** ** *** **** **** failover *** **** *** **********. ***** requirements *** **** ****** *** ****** when ** ***** ** ** **** and *********."
  • "***, *** ********* ******** **** ******, for ****** *** **** *** *** nas *****, *** **** **** *** the ********."

****** ******** *******

  • "***. *** **** ********** *** ** cost."
  • "******* ** *** *** ************, *** usually ***."
  • " *** ***** ********* *********** ******* ** a ***. ** *** ******* **** the ********** ** *** ******."
  • "***, ******* ** *** ***** ******* failover ** ***** **** ***** ** each ******* ******."
  • "***...*****"
  • "**** ****** *** ********* ******* *** redundant ** ******* **/* *********. *** storage ** ****."

********** *** ****** *******

  • "*******, *** ****** **** * ** a ******* *** **** ****** ******* RAID * *** ******** **** **. Full ********** ** ********* *** *********. If ********** ** **** ** ** a ********** ********** ******* ****** *** stills *** ****."
  • "*** **** **********. ** ***** ** unacceptable ** **** ***** ** ******* damaging ******** *** ******** ** *** of ******* *** *** **** **** video *** ********* ********."
  • "*** ***** *** *********, *** * ***********. Usually **** **********. **** ************ **** from ****** ** **** ******."
  • "** ******* * ****-**** ********* ****** for **** * ********* *******. ***** archive ** * *** **** ******* of **** * **********. **** ****** and *** *** **** ******** **** dual **** *** ******* **********."

Common ************

********: **** **** ** ***** ***** ************ (access *******, *********, ********* ********, ***.) are *******?

*******:  **************, ******** ****** ******* ** integrated **** *****. **** **% ** the ********* ********* ****** ******* ** the **** ****** ***********, *** ***** other ******* ******** ******** **** **** mention ******** ****** ** ** *******:

  • "******** **** ******* ** ****** ******* zoning. ************ ******** ** **** ******* with *** ******** ******* ***** **** airside/landside ***** *** ********."
  • "** * ******** *** *** *** and ********** (*.*. **** **** *** long ************* ***** ** ******)"
  • "*** ** *** **** ****** ***********."
  • "**** ** *** **** ** ** access *******. ** **** **** *******'* Security ****** ***** ***** *** ***** applications."
  • "**** ** ******* *** **** ** our ******* ********, **** **** ** see ***** ****** *** ***** ** trying ** **."
  • "****** ******* *********** ** ******* ** monitoring ****** ** ********** ***** ** important."

****** ********

****** ****, ************ *** ****** *** follow ** ****** *****, ******* ****** or ********* ** *** ***** *** of ******* ******. ******* **** *********, mass ************, *** **** ****** *** tied **** ***** ** ****** *** operational ********* ******:

  • "****** *******, *********, ********, ***, ******, Code **** **** ******, ****, ***** walls, *** ****'*. **** ******** **** also ******** *** *********** ** ******* radar ***** ********* *** **** ***** be ********** **** *** **** *******."
  • "****** ******* ** *******. ****** ** airport *** ******** ********* ********* **** the ********* ** ********* ********* ********* systems ***** *** ***** ****. ****** airports / ********* ** *** ******** management ******* ** ***** *** ***** are ***** *** *********** *** *** operators (*.*. *** ***** ******** ** emerging *********). ******* *** *** *********** the *** *** ********* *********** ** other ******* **** ** **** ***** and ****** ***** ******* ********* *******. It ** ******** *** ***** *** VSS ** ** ******** ********** ** many ***** *******."

System **********

********: **** ** *** **** ********* / use ** *** ******* ************ ******?

*******:  ******* **** ** *** ************ crime *** ***** ** *** ******* system ****, ******* ****** ******* ** events *** ******* ******* ********** **** also ******** *****.

*********** *********

*** ***** ******* **** ** ******* surveillance ** ** ******* ****** ****** by ********* ********** ** ****** **** may *** ** **** ** ** seen **** ******* *** *********** ********.

  • "**** ********* ** ***** ******.  ***** are **** ** **** ********, ** cameras **** ****** ********** ** ***** limited *********."
  • "** ******* ********** ** ******* ***** as **** ** ******** *************. **&* and *********** ********* *** *** ****."
  • "***** **********, **** **********, ******* **********, Parked ******** **********, ****** **********"
  • "********** ** ****** *** ********, **** the ******* ** ***** *** *******/******* a ****** ** *** **** ** a ******** ******."
  • "** ** ** ******** ******** ** everyone ****** *** *******, *** ******** of ********** *** ******, ****** *** suspicious ********, ****** *** ***** ***** (wanted ******), ****** *** *********** ** illegal *****. ** **** *** ***** personnel, ***** ****** *********** ** ********* assets *** ****** **********, ******* ***** in ****** *****, ********* ******** ** prevent ********* ** *** ******* **********, ANPR *** ******* ****, *** ******* screening ** *** **** ******** **** of *** *******."
  • "****** ******´* ********, ******* *** ******* operations (******* ***********), *** *******/*******/****** ***********."
  • "******** ********** ** ******* ** *** airport ** ** *** ********, ********** / ****** ********** ** ******* *********, baggage **** / *** ******* *** fueling **********."

****** ******* ***********

*******, ************ *** * ****** ********* use ** ******** ****** ******* ** monitoring *** ************ ********* *** ******** segregation ******* ****** *** ***********, *********** hazardous, *****:

  • "** ******** ********* ******** *** ******** or ** **** ************ ****** ** restricted ******."
  • "********** ** ************ ***** ** ******* Security **** (***) *** ******/******** ******"
  • "*** ******* ** ****** ******."
  • "************ ** *****/**** ***** ** ******* emergencies."
  • "*** ***** ********* ** ****** ** get * **** ****** ***** **** live *** ******** ** *** ** going ** *** *****. ******* ********* is *** ********* *******, *** ***** lines *** *******."

Biggest *****

********: *** **** *** ******* ************ ******? Are ***** ********* ***** ********** *******? Why ** *** ***?

*******: ** *** ******** ** *****, responses ********* **** ****** ***** *** monitored ** **** ********* *** **** dispatch ******** ** ***** *********** ********* as ******.  ** **** *****, *** overall ************** ** ********* *** ***** between ***** **************** *** ****** *********** or '******' **** ********** *** ** the ******:

******** ******/***** **********

** *** ******** ** ********, ***** surveillance ** ******** ********* ** ******** staff:

  • "******** *********. **** **** * ********* staff ******* *** ********."
  • "******** ********* **** * **/* ******* Operations ****** ***** ******** *** *** cameras. *** ** ******* ** ********* operators *** *** ******* ** *** security ****** **********. ****** ********** ********* include *** *** *********** / ****** monitoring *** ********** ** ** ***** driven *****."
  • "********, *** ****** *-** ******, ******* on ****** ** ******* **** ******* sees ** **** **** ********* ** not."
  • "******** **** *** **** ** **** keep ***** ** ****** ** *** terminal. ******** ********/******* ********."
  • " ******** ********* *** ****** **** *** surveillance ******. ***** *** ********* ***** monitoring **** *******. ******/******** ******* ********* have *******."
  • "**** **** ********/****** *****."
  • "********* *****, ******* ****** ********, **-****** officers, **-********."

************ ** *****-**** ********* ******

******* ********** ***** **** ****** ********* are *** ********* ***** ******* ** personnel *** ***** ****** **** **************** other **** **** ******** *******:

  • "********* ********* ***** ******* ** ***** a ***** ** ********* ****.  ******** can **** **** ****** ** ******** as ****, ********** **** **** **** the *** ******."
  • "*******´* ******** **** ****** **** *** surveillance. *** *********** *** ** ****** are ***** ***. ***** *** **** few ******* *** ******* *****, ******** because ** ****** *** *** *********."
  • "*** ***** ** ********* ******** ***** viewing **** *****, *** **** ** it ** *** ********* ****."
  • "*** ******* ******** *'** **** ******** in **** ***** ********* **** ** the ******* ******, *** **** ******* at ************ **** * **** ** video, *** * ***** *** *** they *** ***** ** *** *******. Displays *** *** *** *** ****** affording * ***** **** ** ********** areas, *** **'* **** *** ********* for * *** ** ***** * screens *** * ***** ***** *** actually *** ******** ***** * *****."
  • "***, ********** ***** *** ******* **** live ********* *** *** **** ******** officers ** ******* *********** ******* ******** to *** **** ** *********."
  • "***** ** * **** ********** ******, but ** ****** *** **** ********* in **."

Purchase *** *********** *******

********: **** ************ ** ******** **** *** the ******* ************ ******? *** ** they *** *** *****?

*******:  ** **** *****, ******* ***** from *** *********** ****** *******, ******* grants ** ********** *****, ** * mix ** ****. *******, * ********** number ** ******* ********* ******** *** primary **** *** ******* ****** *****, with *********-******** ********* *** ********** ************ cash ** *** *******: 

******** ** ******* *******/******** ******** ********

  • "*** ******* ********* ** ***** ******** is ****** *** *** ************ ** the *******, ********* *** ************ ******."
  • "**** ** ***, *** ******** ** the ******* ** ***** ***** *** responsibility ** *** *** *** **** (General ********* ** ***** ********). ****, who *** * ********** ******, *** the ***** ********* *** ************** ** the ******** ******."
  • "*** **** *** ******** ** *** bill."
  • "*** **** **** ***** ***** '********' is **********, *** ******* ** *** supported."
  • "***** ***** **** ******** ********"

***** ***********

  • "******* *** ********** ************ **** **** airport **********. **** ***** ** * city, ** ****** ***** ************. ***** comes **** ***** ** ******."
  • "*******, ******* ******** ***** ********* ****** by *** ************"
  • "****** *** **** *** ** *** city ********* *** *******."
  • "********* *****. **** *********,*****."
  • "************ ** ****** ** *** ***** city **** ******** *** *******."

******* ********* *********** ** ***********

  • "***** *** ******** ** *** *******. They *** ** *********** ******** ************ with ***** *** ******."
  • "********* * ***** *********** ******* *** security ** ** ***********."
  • "******* ********** **** *** ******** **** their *********** *******."
  • "************ ****** ** **** ** ******* that ******* *******."
  • "*** ******* ********* ******* **** *** the ******* ******. * **** **** some ** *** ******** **** ***** from **** ** *** ******* *** they **** **** *********** ** ******* the *******. "
  • "********. ***** ******* *** ********* **** construction ** ***********. ******** *** *** sector ***** ******** *** ****** **** if **** ***'* ***** *** **!"

Who ****** *** **************?

********: *** ********* ****** *** ******* ************ system *************? **** **** ****** ** good *******? *** ** *** ***?

*******:  ** *******, ******** *********** *** used **** ********* **** *******. *******, in ******* ***** *** ************** ***** to ******* *&* ***** ***** *** end ****** ** **** **** ********.

*********** **** **********

******* ************ ****** ** ***** ********* ** specialized ******** ***********.  *** *** ****** generally ******* ******** ** ******* *** consultant ** * **** ******** ** not:

  • "*** **** ******* *** **** * security ********** ******** **** ******* ******** needs *** ********** ******* *** ********* the ******** *******. *** ***** *** also ** ******* ** ** *** firm *** **** ********* ***'* **** the ***** ** ********* ** ******** equipment *** *** ******* *********** ************."
  • "***********, *** *** ** ******* * think **** ***** ** **** *******. Tough ** ********** *** ***** ** is."
  • "********* ********** *** ******* **** ******** industry ** ****** *** ***** **************."
  • "******* ********** *****. **** ***** ** conjunction **** *** *********** ********."
  • "**** ********* **** ** *** ***** consultants **** **** *******. **** ****** as * **** ********** ******* *** the ******** *** **** ****** **** to ***** ** ***** ***** **********."

******** *******

*******, ********** ************ ************ *** ******* ** * **********'* specification *** ********* ********, ** *** case ** ******** *** ****** ***** to ** **** ********.  ***** ******** results **** ***** *****, ********* ********** positive ******* *** ******* ******** **** much **** ******:

  • "***** *** ********* ******* ** ******** consultants ******** ** ** *&*. ******* vary, *** ********* ********, *** ******* are ****."
  • "****, *****'* ******** **** * **********? Most ***** * ********** **** * track ****** ** ******** ******* **** be ********. ******* **** **** **** to *** *** ** ** **** to ****** ******* ***. **'* ** impression, *** ****** *** **** ****."
  • "*********** **** ********* ***** *****."
  • "**** *** **** * ******* ** security *********** **** ******* *******!"

********** *** ********* ******

******* ****** ****** ** ************* ********* are *** ******** ************* ** ***, but ******* ********** ** *********** ***** who ********** ** ******* **********. ********** for ***** ******* *** ********* **** negative **** **** ********* ************** *** end ****** ** **** ************* 

  • "** *** *********** **** ** *********** in ********, *** ******* *** ******* good. ** *** *********** **** ** specialized ** "***********", *** ******* ******* on *** ***********!"
  • "*&* **** ******* ********** - ***** are *******."
  • "********** *** *********** *****. *** ************** in *** **** * ********** **** and ****; ******* **** *** *** really ********* ** ***** **** *** explain *** *********** ** ********* *******."
  • "**********, ***** ********* *****'* ******* ******** coverage ** ** ** ****** ****** based *** * *********** ********."

Biggest *********** ******

********: *** ***** *** ******* *** airport ************ ******* *** **** ****** on?

*******: ** *** ***************, ***** ********* that **** **** ***** **** *** single ******* ******** ******. *******, ****-******** operators ***** ******* ********* ******** ******* or ********* ********** ***** ** ****** first.

***** *********

******* ****** ********************, ***** ** ****-** ****** *** effective ** **** *********** ***** ******* overall *********** ** ******** *******:

  • "****** ************** ** ********* *** **** bag ******** ******* ***** ** ******* identify *** **** ** **** ******."
  • "********* *** ** ********* ***** **** the ****** **** *********."
  • "******* *** ********** ** ************* ** introducing ***** *********"
  • "* ***** **** ** *** **** video ********."
  • "* ***** **** ********* **** **** frequently."
  • "** ** ***** *** *********, *** system ***** ** ********* ******* ** reactive."

****** ******* 

**** ********* ********* *** ****** ******** is ********* ******** ****** *********** ** increasing ********** ***** ***** *** *******:

  • "********* ** ****** **** ****** **** frequently"
  • "****** ****** **********...****** **** *********."
  • "******* **** ****** ********** ***** *******."
  • "***** *** *** ** ***** **** large ***** ** **** **** ***** res *******."
  • "** ********* **** **** ******** ** the ******* ******* ** ***** (*** analog, *** *** *********** ** *******). To **** ***** ********** *******, ***** systems **** ** ** ********."

****/****** ********* 

*** *******, ****** ******** ********** ******* with **** ********* *** ***** ********* for ********* ****** ***********:

  • "**** **** **** ******."
  • "**** ***** ********"
  • "****** ********* ***** ********** *** ******* as **** ** **** **** ******* policies/requirements."
  • "******* *** ****** *********** ******."
  • "** **** **** *** *******, *** only ***** ****** *** ** ***** to ***** ****.  **** ****** *** needed. *** ******* ** ** **** without ********* ******* ****."

Comments (3)

On my list of things NOT to do for an airport security system:

Do use exposed box cameras that are mounted so low someone could redirect the camera, adjust the lens, or cut the exposed cables. They do this not only in the main terminal where the ceiling is crazy high, but also in the train station areas connecting the concourses...

Denver Airport

Most airports like to use smoked domes to hide where the cameras are looking... DIA takes the opposite approach...

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Most airports like to use smoked domes to hide where the cameras are looking... DIA takes the opposite approach...

Or maybe the TSA is responsible, since they are in control of the CCTV for their own areas. Like the the one shown here blown up from your photo. They also seem to like the show of force.

Probably some coverts as well... Is the rest of the airport non-domed?

#axisinthewild

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re: Access Control Integration with with VMS. Is there 'two-way' integration being deployed? Typicallly, I believe the VMS tends to support the Access Control system, e.g. a Video Pop-up window in the Access Control system, providing coverage of the alarm.

But alternatively the VMS could play a larger role with the response to access control alarmes e.g.

From Access Control to VMS:

- Specifeid access control Events to trigger alarms with video pop-ups and present alarm information in the VMS

- Present Location of Access Control Alarm so it can be provided on VMS Map Interface

- Present Card Holder Details in the VMS (name, image, card status)

From VMS to Access Control:

- Acknowledge/Close Alarm Events in the VMS(e.g. classify alarm as 'false', provide detials and close event)

- Manage Access Control in the VMS (Open Door, Put Broadcast on Door, Secure Door, etc)

Has this type of integration been done at any airports?

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