Airport Video Surveillance Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jun 30, 2015, 12:00am EDT

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

*** **** ***** ********** the *** ******* *** patterns *****:

  1. ****** *********: ******* ***** ******** is ***** *********, *** the **** ** ********* covering ** **** **** as ********. *******, *** priority **** **** ** least ***: *********, ********* Boundaries, ******** ***********, ********* Gates, ******* ******, *** Flight ****/****** *****.
  2. ****** *****: ******** ********* **** fixed ******* (~**% ** cameras), *** **** ****** with ****** ********* ******* (food ****** ** *********), use **** (~**%).
  3. *******: ******** ************** **** hard ***** ********, ****** reliability *** ******** ** primary *******. *******, ******** sometimes ** **** *** runways ** ***** ***** where ******* ***** ** cost *********** ** ************* disruptive, **** ** ********* runways.
  4. ***********: ********** ****** ******* is ********* ********** **** video, *** *** ******* of ********* ********** *** remote ** ******** ****** points **** ********** *****.
  5. *****: ******** ********* ****** manned ************ ********* *** actively ******* ***** ***** and **** ******** ********* appropriately. *******, ** **** cases *** ****** ** operators ** ****** *** small ** ******** *** potential ******* ** ******** surveillance *******.
  6. ******* / *****: ******-*** ******* ****** are ******, *********** *** to *** **** ********** of ******* ******** *** eager *********** ** ******** majors.  *** *** ********* especially, ********** **** ************ among * *** ****** brands, ****** *** ******* fragmented ******* ******* ***********************.
  7. ****** **********: *******, ******** *** shifting ** ** / ************** *******, which **** ****** *** 'sweetspot' ******* ***** *** 5MP ***********. *******, **** airports **** ***** ******* and ******* *********, ******* them ** ******** **** SD ****** *******.
  8. *********: ***** ********* *** ******* deployments ** ***.  ******* plate *********** ** *** most ****** ******** **** while ***** ***** **** occasionally ******* **** ***** results.
  9. *******: **** ** ************* redundancy ** ******* ********* are *********, ****** ******** or **** ***** ******** storage ** *********** **** enhancements ** ******* ******* receiving *** ****** ******** for **** *******.
  10. **************: **** ******* ** consultants, ** ** *** most ******** ****, *** end ****** ** ********* positive. *******, **** *** spec ** ******* ** a ******* *&* ****, the ******* *** ********* poor.
  11. *******: ** *******, ******* flows **** *** *** down, **** **** ********* funding **** ******** *********** or ********* ******** ***********.  Smaller ******** ** ************ systems *** ** ********* from ********* ******* ** individual ******* ***********.
  12. ************:  ******* ***** ********* that **** *** *** biggest ********* *********** **** respondents, ******* ******** ***** older ******* *** **** understaffed **** ******* ********* said ********* ***** *********** aspects **** * **** fundamental ****.

Camera *********

********: **** *** *** **** common ********* ** ****** airport *******? ***? **** are **** **** ***?

*******: ******* ************ ** widespread. ******* ******** ******* that ************ ******** ***** are ******* **** ** budget; *** ** *** money ** *********, ***** square **** ** **** would ** *******.  *** basic *** *** *****-*******, summarized ** ******** ******* to ****:

"[***** ************ **] **** *** ******* ************, anti-terrorism, ******** ******** ******** on *** *****, ********* screening ** ****** ******, detect ********** ******** *** people, *********** ********* ** gates *** ***** ***** around *** *******, ****** unauthorized ****** ** ********** areas *** ****** ******** in ********** *****, ******* and ****** ********* *******, entrance *** **** ** parking **********."

*******, ******* ** ****** always ******* *** ******* in * ******** ** specific ***** ***** ******.  The ******* ******** ***** are ***** ** ****** access ******, **** ******** entries *** ******* *** entrances.  *** ****** ******** areas *** ***** ****** secure *********** *** ******* access ***** ** *** tightly ******* ****** **** operations *****.

*** ******** ***** ******* response ***** *** **** area: 

****** ****** *** ********* Entry ******

  • "***** *** **** ***** to *** ********* ** monitor ********* *********"
  • "********/**** ***** - *** identification, ********* ***** - for ***********."
  • "******* *********: ** ******* the ********* *** ****** any ******* *********, ******, suspicious ******** ** ********."
  • "*** ****** ******. *** *** Vehicular ** *** **** Public ****** *****"
  • "*****/****/******** ***********. ****** ******** and ********* ********. ******* areas."
  • "******** *** ****** *** access; **** ******* (******) and ***-******* (***-******) *****."
  • "*** **** ********** ** the ******** **** ********* or **** ***** ***** is *********."

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

** ********, *** ***** within ** ******* ************ set ** ** ****** passengers ** ****** ********** also ******* * ***** priority *** ****** ********:

  • "*********** **** *** ******* concentration ** ******* ** view ****** ****** ** at ***** ** ******* screening ********. ****** ********* materialize ****. **** ******* to **** ***** **** AOA ******, ** ******** here *** ***** ***** and ** ****** ******* review."
  • "********* ***** ********** ******* themselves ** ******** ** Gendarmerie ** *********."
  • "*** *********** ** ***** how ********** *** *********."
  • "*** ********** ***** ******* by *** *** ***** surveillance *****. **** ******* in * ***** ****."
  • "****** *** ********* *****.  Ever ****** ***** ** be ********, **** *** number ** ******."
  • "******* ********** ***** (** waterways **** ****** ***) and *** ******** ***********."
  • "******** *********** ******* **** are ***** ***** ** entry ** *********."

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

*** **** **** ** surveillance ********** **** ** the ***** **** ******* passengers ** ********* ** waiting ********. ************ ** passengers ******** ** ******* airplanes, *** ********** ******** occupants **** ****** ******** screening **** ***** ** the ******* *****:

  • "************ ** *** ***** is ********* ** *** TSA."
  • "*** ******* *** ********* waiting *****, ** ******* manifests ** ******."
  • "******* ** **** *********** point.  **** ***** ******* access ***** ** ********** areas."
  • "**** ********* ******* ************** quality ***** ** ******** entering *** ******** ****** from *** ****-**** ** deplaning."
  • "**** ***** - ******* activity *** ** ** jetway."
  • "******* ********* *** ** course ** *** *****/*****-**."
  • "******* ***** ** ********** at *** ***** ***** confirm ***** **** ****** in *** *******."

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

******* *** **** ** the **** ***** ********** pick ** ******* ** freight ***** *****. *** main ******* *** ******** in ***** ***** *** simply *****, ********** ****, or ***********, *** ********** video ** **** ****** claims ** ******** *******:

  • "** *** ******** ******* at *** ****** ** the ******** *** ******** of *** ******** *** operations."
  • "******* ***** ** ******* passengers *** ********** *******."
  • "********** ******* **** *** ******* baggage ********."
  • "******* ***** ** ***** employees ** *** **** handle ****."
  • "****** *** ******** *** did **** ** *** bags ** **** ****** try ** *** ***** claims."
  • "******* ***** ***** **** are **** ** *** public. ***: ******* *** unauthorized ******, ********** ********, unattended ****"

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

*******, ********** *********** ***** immediately ******* *** ***** the ******* ******* ** airport *********, ***** *********, and **** ******** ** the ****** ****** ********** is ******** *******. *******, many ******** ***** ***** areas *** ******* **** as ***** ******* ***** the '******' ***** *** covered ***** ******** ** higher *** ** ****** controls:

  • "** *** ******** ******* at *** ****** ** the ******** *** ******** of *** ******** *** operations."
  • "***** ** ******* ******* flows ** **** ** critical ************** **** ** fuel *****."
  • "************, ******** *** ********* outside ** ** **** move *** **** ** a ********."
  • "****** *** ******** *** service ********."
  • "******** ****** *** ** very **** *** ******* help ******** ******/******** **** do *** ******."
  • "*** **** ****** *** jet ******* *** *** aprons."

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

********: **** ********** ** ******* are ***** ** ***? Why? **** ****** ****?

*******: ********** ***************** **** *** **********, Airports *** **** **** more ************. **** *** them ***** **% ** the ****, *** **** a *** ******** ******* than **% *** ***.

***** **** ******** ******* live *********, ******** ****** are ***, *** **** answers ********* *** ***** of **** ******** **** versus *** ******** ************ means *** *** ** conservative ** **** ********: 

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

*******, *** ***** **** do *** **** *** typically **** ******* ** high-interest **** ***** ***** cameras ***** *** *** inflexible:

  • "**% ***, ** ****** access ***** **** *** used *** ********* ******* by ***********"
  • "***** ******* ***** ***** all *****, ********** ***'* are ******** **** ******* to *****/****** ********."
  • "**% ***** *** ********** viewing *** ** ********* for ********* *** ********."
  • "**** ** *** ******* we've ******** *** ***** cameras ** *** ******** terminal *****, *** *** on *** *******/****** ****-*** areas. **** ****** *** control ****** ***** ** track * *******, ***** behaviours ****** *** ******** are ******** *** ***** cameras."
  • "***** **% ***** *** 20% *** (*** ****) Fixed *** ***** ****** (e.g. *** *****, ***** points, ***.) *** *** general *********** (*.*. ************ of **** **** **** and ***** ** *****)"

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

*** *** ******** ********** wider *** ******** *** generally ****, ** **** terms ** *** ********** operators ****** ** *** them, *** *** ******** cost ** *** ****** itself:

  • "****** * **% ******* are *****. ***** ** not ******* ***** ** control ***."
  • "**** *****, *** **** reasons."
  • "**% *****. **** **** too **** *** *****."
  • "****** ** % *** PTZ *** ** ****** of ******** ******** ******* involved."

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

********: **** ** *** ******* ******* resolution ** ******* *******? Why *** ****/****?

*******: ***** ** *********** are ******* *** **** 3MP, ***, ** **** higher *********** ******, **** ******** still **** ******* ** SD ** ****** ******* resolutions *** ** *********** funding ** ******** ********** constraints.

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

  • "*** ** *** ******* are ******. ** ***** in *** ****** ****** to ******* ** **** time."
  • "***** ******** ******** ** add ** *** ******** system ** ** ** is ** ****** ****** they *** ****** *******."
  • "* ***. ****** ****** systems *** ***** *********."
  • "******* ** *** **** still ***** **** ***** analog *** ** ***. Budget ***** ******* ********* it *** *** ***********."
  • "*** ******** ***** **** not ********** ********* **** 911 ** *** ******* so ***** ** ***** a ***** ******. * still *** * ******** of ****** ******* ******* through ********. *** ******** are ******* **** * MP ******* ** *** exterior *** *** ** the *****."
  • "** *** * *** of ***** ***** ******* for **** ***********.  **** of ***** ******* **** more **** ** ** models."

****/ *****

  • "*** ******* *** **/******. That **** ** ****** can **** *** **** picture ** *** **********."
  • "*** *** ******* ************, higher *** *************, ***** for ****** ****** ***. Customer ************ *** *********** reasons ********* ***** ****."
  • "**** - ******** ** cameras + ******* *******."
  • "***, ** *** ******* bang *** **** **** sweet ****, ***** *********** decent *** ***** *******."
  • "*.*** ** *** ******* that *'** **** ***** than ***** ********** ******* cameras. **** *****'* ******* enough ****** *** *********** the **** *** ********* typically ***** ***** ***** with ******** ******* ******* from ******* ****** **** really ***'* **** ** go **** ******."
  • "*** ******** **** **** specifying **** ** ** optimize *** ******/***** ******* and ******* ************."
  • "*'** **** *******, *** generally *** ** ** a ******* ****. **** still ******* ***** ****** strict *******, *** **** have ******** ** ***** on *******."
  • "**** *** *** ******** is ***** - ***** expect **** **********. ****** for ******* ***** - e.g. **** **** ***** of **** *** ************** of ******."

*** ** ******* 

  • "**** *** *** *** under ******* ** **** cases ** *** ****** for ********* ******** **** larger **** **** *** up."
  • "*-*** ****** *** ** cost *** *******. **** would **** ** **** more ** *** ****** when ** ******* **** cost *********. **** ****** is **** ********* ** they *** *** **** and **** ******* ** the **** ** *** aircraft."
  • "**** (**********) ** ******, until *** **** ** move ** ******. ********* is **** ** ** issue **** *******."
  • "******* ***** *** ***** and ***** ***** ***** using ****/*** ******* ** 3/5MP ******* ******** ******** and **** ***** ( also **** **** *****-****** products ** ***** *****) Outside * *** ********** from *** ** **** depending ** *** ********/*****."

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

********: **** ****** ************* ** you **** ***** *** in ******* ************ *******? Why **** *** ******?

*******: **********, ******* ****** **** commonly ***** *** ** very *** ******** **** one ***** *****. ** general, ***** ********* ******* the ******* **** *** budget, **** ****** ******* more ****** ** *** top-end ****** *** ****:

  • "****, ****, *********, *****, etc. **** *** **** their ******** ** ***** to."
  • "***** ******** **** ******* budgets **** ******* **** thus *** ******* *** system ****** ******* *** quality ** *** *** devices *********."
  • "********* *** **** *** manufacturers **** ****, *******, Sony *** *******. ********** models ******** *** ***** on **** ******, *****-*** or **** ** ********** requirements."
  • "********, *****, ****, ****, and ****. * ***** say ***** *** ********* chosen ** *** **** recognigtion, *********, *** ***** in *** ********."
  • "******* ***** ***** **** as ****, *****, ***** compete *** *** ******* making *** ** ***** existing *****-***** ******** *** international *************."
  • "****, ***** *** **** to ** *******. **** going **** *** ****** for ***** ***, ***** end ***** **** ******** video ********* ** *** third."
  • "*****, ****, ****, *****, Panasonic. **** *** ****** because ** *** ************ on *** ************* **** the ******** ****** ** the *******. **** ************* will ****** ** *****.  Most ************* **** **** any ******** ****** ** get ** ******* ******* for *** *********, ** price *** *********** ** not ** *****."

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

*******, **** **** ** a ******, *** *********** 'budget *******' **** ********* (crowned ** * *** choice ** *** ******** *** ***** ************ Manufacturers ******) ******* *** *********:

  • "* *** *** *****. Mostly ****** *** ***** and *** *******. **** to ** ** ***** 50% ** **** ** my **********. "
  • "* ******* ********* *** other ***** ***** **** will **** ** **** more. (*** **** ** this ** * **** idea)"
  • "*********, ****, **** *** others. ** ******* ** the **** ** ***** is ******* ** * consultant ******* ********* ****."
  • "** *** ********* ************ ******** popular."

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

********: **** ***** ** *** most ***** *** ** airport ************ *******? *** idea *** **** *** chosen?

*******:  ** **** *******, brand *********** *** *** fall ** *** *** player, *** ****** *********** *** ***** ************ *** ****** ***** ************ ***** *******, ******* ********* ****** with ****-**** ****** *** did *** ******* ******** of ****** ** ***** players:

  • "** *** ******* *** Milestone."
  • "**** * ************* ********* Genetec, ********* *** *****. The **** *** ******* number ** ********* *******, best ********* *******, **********-***** features, ****** *********** **** the ***** ****** ******* systems."
  • "*** ***** ********: *******, OnSSI, *********."
  • "*********, ****, *******"
  • "*******, ******* *** ********* are *** **** ****** used. **** *** ****** based ** *** **** familiarity ** *** ****** with *** *******. *** 3 **** ******* ******** more ** ****."
  • "*********, *********, ******** *** newish ***** ** ************'* free *** *** ***** own ******* **** **** an ****** ****."
  • "*********, *******, *****, ********. These ************ **** * good **** ** ************ supported *** ******* ******* teams."

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

********: **** ********** ** ******* are **** ***** ** ********? What ****** ****?

*******:  **** ********* ******** wired ******** *** ***** majority, **** **** ******** 90% ** ***** ******* connected **** * ***** due ** ******* ***********, better ***********, *** ***** cost:

  • "***% **** *****, **** reliable *** **** ******"
  • "** **** **** ******** wireless ******* ***** ** were *** **** ** physically ***** *** ******; a **** ******* ** this ***** ** *** de-icing **** *****."
  • "**% *********, ** *** because ******* ** *********. Wireless ** **** *** the **** ******* ******* in *** ******* ****."
  • "***% **** ***** ** that ************ ** **********."
  • "********** ***% *********. ********** communication."
  • "** ********** ** ***% wired *** ******** ******** due ** ******** **** bandwidth ** ************ **** building ********* ** ********."

******** ******** ********

******* ******* ******* **** wireless ******** *** ******** in ******* ** *******.  This ** ******** ********** given *** ************* ********** adoption ** **** ************ ******* ***** '**** ********' *** not ********* ** * common *******:

  • "*** ******* *** **** wired ******* ** **** security ** ************."
  • "****** *** *** **** wired. ******? **'* *** way **'* ****** **** done. ***** ******** ***********, and ******** (*********) ********"
  • "*** ******* *** *****. They ***'* ** *** Wi-Fi *** ******** *******."
  • "**** ******** *** ******** purpose *** ** ************. Main ****** ** ******** reason."
  • "***% *****. ******** ***** less ******** / *********."

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

*******, **** ******** ** ****, it ********* ** **** outside ***** ********* ** long ******** ** ******** or ******** ** *** disruptive ** *** ********* to ********:

  • "******** **** **** *** runway ***** *** ** cable ****** ************."
  • "**** **** *% *** wireless *** ***** *** typically **** ****** **-***** areas, ******* *****, *** perimeter *******. ***** ***** are ** *** **** wired ********** ****** **** the **** ****** ** wireless."
  • "******** ** **** **** when ******* ** *** possible ** ** **** prohibitive."
  • "*% ********, *** **** to ***** ********* **** perimeter *** ****** *****."

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

********: *** ***** *** ***** analytics ** ******* ***** recognition ***** ****? **** types? *** ** *** not?

*******:  ***** ********* *** airport *********** ** ***.  License ***** *********** ** the **** ****** ******** used ***** ***** ***** only ************ ******* **** mixed *******:

***/**** ** ****** 

  • "*** ***** *****, ** systems *** *** ****** reliable. "
  • "***** *********** ** ****** used *** ** **** more ********. *** **** problems ** ******* ******* plates, **** **** *** not ****** **********."
  • "*** *** **** *** delivery ******"
  • "**** *** ****** ****** and ****** ******** *** parking ***********."
  • " ******* ***** *** ***** used ** *** ******* lots. *** ** *** airport ******."

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

  • "** ** *** *** analytics often. ***** ******** ****** are *** ***** ******** situation *** ******* ******** staff ******* **** *** the **** ** *** shutting **** * *********, and **** ***** ****** for ****** *** ********* operations *****."
  • "*** **** *****, *** applicable ** *****."
  • "***** ********* ** ***** used *** *** ****** efficient. *** ****** ** error ** *** (**** recognition) *** ******* ** crowded ***** ** ****** areas ** ** *******, we *** **** ***** alarms."
  • "**** ** * *****, it *** *** **** successful, *** *** *** actually ********."

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

********: **** **** ** ******* is ****? ***? ***? SAN? ******* ********** ** not? ***?

*******: * ******** **** ******* ******** *******, but **** ******* ********* or ***** ****** ********** is * ****** ** is ****** *** ****** attach ******* ** ** the **** **** ****.

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

  • "***. ******** *** ********."
  • "*** ** **** **** we ****** ** ***. Some ******* ********** ** a ****."
  • "** *** ****** ** move ******* *** ***** tends ** **** ****** with ****, ********** ** redundancy **********. *** ** only **** ** **** small *******. ** ** not ******** ** *** 5 ** **** *******."
  • "*** **** ** *** time **** ******** *** RAID *** **********. ***** requirements *** **** ****** and ****** **** ** comes ** ** **** and *********."
  • "***, *** ********* ******** hard ******, *** ****** off **** *** *** nas *****, *** **** safe *** *** ********."

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

  • "***. *** **** ********** due ** ****."
  • "******* ** *** *** manufacturer, *** ******* ***."
  • " *** ***** ********* *********** storage ** * ***. It *** ******* **** the ********** ** *** system."
  • "***, ******* ** *** video ******* ******** ** place **** ***** ** each ******* ******."
  • "***...*****"
  • "**** ****** *** ********* servers *** ********* ** provide **/* *********. *** storage ** ****."

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

  • "*******, *** ****** **** 5 ** * ******* and **** ****** ******* RAID * *** ******** even **. **** ********** is ********* *** *********. If ********** ** **** it ** * ********** separately ******* ****** *** stills *** ****."
  • "*** **** **********. ** would ** ************ ** lose ***** ** ******* damaging ******** *** ******** it *** ** ******* and *** **** **** video *** ********* ********."
  • "*** ***** *** *********, *** a ***********. ******* **** redundancy. **** ************ **** from ****** ** **** longer."
  • "** ******* * ****-**** recording ****** *** **** 2 ********* *******. ***** archive ** * *** with ******* ** **** 5 **********. **** ****** and *** *** **** provided **** **** **** for ******* **********."

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

********: **** **** ** ***** party ************ (****** *******, intrusion, ********* ********, ***.) are *******?

*******:  **************, ******** ****** control ** ********** **** video. **** **% ** the ********* ********* ****** control ** *** **** common ***********, *** ***** other ******* ******** ******** none **** ******* ******** enough ** ** *******:

  • "******** **** ******* ** access ******* ******. ************ coverage ** **** ******* with *** ******** ******* zones **** *******/******** ***** the ********."
  • "** * ******** *** and *** *** ********** (e.g. **** **** *** long ************* ***** ** camera)"
  • "*** ** *** **** common ***********."
  • "**** ** *** **** it ** ****** *******. We **** **** *******'* Security ****** ***** ***** for ***** ************."
  • "**** ** ******* *** most ** *** ******* installs, **** **** ** see ***** ****** *** going ** ****** ** go."
  • "****** ******* *********** ** typical ** ********** ****** to ********** ***** ** important."

****** ********

****** ****, ************ *** common *** ****** ** common *****, ******* ****** or ********* ** *** exact *** ** ******* onsite. ******* **** *********, mass ************, *** **** alarms *** **** **** video ** ****** *** operational ********* ******:

  • "****** *******, *********, ********, CAD, ******, **** **** type ******, ****, ***** walls, *** ****'*. **** airports **** **** ******** the *********** ** ******* radar ***** ********* *** that ***** ** ********** with *** **** *******."
  • "****** ******* ** *******. Rarely ** ******* *** interior ********* ********* **** the ********* ** ********* intrusion ********* ******* ***** are ***** ****. ****** airports / ********* ** use ******** ********** ******* or ***** *** ***** are ***** *** *********** for *** ********* (*.*. New ***** ******** ** emerging *********). ******* *** ACS *********** *** *** has ********* *********** ** other ******* **** ** fire ***** *** ****** level ******* ********* *******. It ** ******** *** these *** *** ** be ******** ********** ** many ***** *******."

System **********

********: **** ** *** **** objective / *** ** the ******* ************ ******?

*******:  ******* **** ** and ************ ***** *** cited ** *** ******* system ****, ******* ****** records ** ****** *** general ******* ********** **** also ******** *****.

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

*** ***** ******* **** of ******* ************ ** to ******* ****** ****** by ********* ********** ** events **** *** *** be **** ** ** seen **** ******* *** enforcement ********.

  • "**** ********* ** ***** safety.  ***** *** **** so **** ********, ** cameras **** ****** ********** of ***** ******* *********."
  • "** ******* ********** ** Traffic ***** ** **** as ******** *************. **&* and *********** ********* *** the ****."
  • "***** **********, **** **********, Carpark **********, ****** ******** Monitoring, ****** **********"
  • "********** ** ****** *** property, **** *** ******* to ***** *** *******/******* a ****** ** *** case ** * ******** breach."
  • "** ** ** ******** security ** ******** ****** the *******, *** ******** of ********** *** ******, screen *** ********** ********, screen *** ***** ***** (wanted ******), ****** *** trafficking ** ******* *****. It **** *** ***** personnel, ***** ****** *********** of ********* ****** *** deters **********, ******* ***** in ****** *****, ********* security ** ******* ********* in *** ******* **********, ANPR *** ******* ****, and ******* ********* ** the **** ******** **** of *** *******."
  • "****** ******´* ********, ******* and ******* ********** (******* maintenance), *** *******/*******/****** ***********."
  • "******** ********** ** ******* in *** ******* ** on *** ********, ********** / ****** ********** ** baggage *********, ******* **** / *** ******* *** fueling **********."

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

*******, ************ *** * strong ********* *** ** physical ****** ******* ** monitoring *** ************ ********* and ******** *********** ******* public *** ***********, *********** hazardous, *****:

  • "** ******** ********* ******** the ******** ** ** gain ************ ****** ** restricted ******."
  • "********** ** ************ ***** to ******* ******** **** (PSL) *** ******/******** ******"
  • "*** ******* ** ****** ******."
  • "************ ** *****/**** ***** to ******* ***********."
  • "*** ***** ********* ** always ** *** * good ****** ***** **** live *** ******** ** who ** ***** ** the *****. ******* ********* is *** ********* *******, the ***** ***** *** watched."

Biggest *****

********: *** **** *** ******* surveillance ******? *** ***** dedicated ***** ********** *******? Why ** *** ***?

*******: ** *** ******** of *****, ********* ********* that ****** ***** *** monitored ** **** ********* who **** ******** ******** or ***** *********** ********* as ******.  ** **** cases, *** ******* ************** of ********* *** ***** between ***** **************** *** casual *********** ** '******' only ********** *** ** the ******:

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

** *** ******** ** airports, ***** ************ ** actively ********* ** ******** staff:

  • "******** *********. **** **** a ********* ***** ******* the ********."
  • "******** ********* **** * 24/7 ******* ********** ****** which ******** *** *** cameras. *** ** ******* by ********* ********* *** are ******* ** *** security ****** **********. ****** monitoring ********* ******* *** for *********** / ****** monitoring *** ********** ** an ***** ****** *****."
  • "********, *** ****** *-** people, ******* ** ****** of ******* **** ******* sees ** **** **** dedicated ** ***."
  • "******** **** *** **** to **** **** ***** of ****** ** *** terminal. ******** ********/******* ********."
  • " ******** ********* *** ****** uses *** ************ ******. There *** ********* ***** monitoring **** *******. ******/******** control ********* **** *******."
  • "**** **** ********/****** *****."
  • "********* *****, ******* ****** officers, **-****** ********, **-********."

************ ** *****-**** ********* Common

******* ********** ***** **** camera ********* *** *** typically ***** ******* ** personnel *** ***** ****** with **************** ***** **** only ******** *******:

  • "********* ********* ***** ******* at ***** * ***** of ********* ****.  ******** can **** **** ****** of ******** ** ****, especially **** **** **** the *** ******."
  • "*******´* ******** **** ****** uses *** ************. *** Maintenance *** ** ****** are ***** ***. ***** are **** *** ******* for ******* *****, ******** because ** ****** *** was *********."
  • "*** ***** ** ********* security ***** ******* **** video, *** **** ** it ** *** ********* live."
  • "*** ******* ******** *'** been ******** ** **** video ********* **** ** the ******* ******, *** guys ******* ** ************ with * **** ** video, *** * ***** not *** **** *** glued ** *** *******. Displays *** *** *** and ****** ********* * great **** ** ********** areas, *** **'* **** not ********* *** * guy ** ***** * screens *** * ***** shift *** ******** *** anything ***** * *****."
  • "***, ********** ***** *** staffed **** **** ********* who *** **** ******** officers ** ******* *********** workers ******** ** *** task ** *********."
  • "***** ** * **** monitoring ******, *** ** rarely *** **** ********* in **."

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

********: **** ************ ** ******** pays *** *** ******* surveillance ******? *** ** they *** *** *****?

*******:  ** **** *****, funding ***** **** *** enforcement ****** *******, ******* grants ** ********** *****, or * *** ** both. *******, * ********** number ** ******* ********* describe *** ******* **** the ******* ****** *****, with *********-******** ********* *** businesses ************ **** ** the *******: 

******** ** ******* *******/******** Security ********

  • "*** ******* ********* ** Civil ******** ** ****** for *** ************ ** the *******, ********* *** surveillance ******."
  • "**** ** ***, *** security ** *** ******* is ***** ***** *** responsibility ** *** *** and **** (******* ********* of ***** ********). ****, who *** * ********** entity, *** *** ***** financing *** ************** ** the ******** ******."
  • "*** **** *** ******** of *** ****."
  • "*** **** **** ***** where '********' ** **********, and ******* ** *** supported."
  • "***** ***** **** ******** Security"

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

  • "******* *** ********** ************ that **** ******* **********. This ***** ** * city, ** ****** ***** organization. ***** ***** **** taxes ** ******."
  • "*******, ******* ******** ***** typically ****** ** *** municipality"
  • "****** *** **** *** by *** **** ********* the *******."
  • "********* *****. **** *********,*****."
  • "************ ** ****** ** the ***** **** **** operates *** *******."

******* ********* *********** ** Departments

  • "***** *** ******** ** the *******. **** *** an *********** ******** ************ with ***** *** ******."
  • "********* * ***** *********** through *** ******** ** IT ***********."
  • "******* ********** **** *** upgrades **** ***** *********** budgets."
  • "************ ****** ** **** by ******* **** ******* airport."
  • "*** ******* ********* ******* pays *** *** ******* system. * **** **** some ** *** ******** want ***** **** **** of *** ******* *** they **** **** *********** in ******* *** *******. "
  • "********. ***** ******* *** allocated **** ************ ** maintenance. ******** *** *** sector ***** ******** *** budget **** ** **** don't ***** *** **!"

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

********: *** ********* ****** *** airport ************ ****** *************? Does **** ****** ** good *******? *** ** why ***?

*******:  ** *******, ******** consultants *** **** **** generally **** *******. *******, in ******* ***** *** responsibility ***** ** ******* A&E ***** ***** *** end ****** ** **** less ********.

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

******* ************ ****** ** ***** entrusted ** *********** ******** consultants.  *** *** ****** generally ******* ******** ** whether *** ********** ** a **** ******** ** not:

  • "*** **** ******* *** when * ******** ********** familiar **** ******* ******** needs *** ********** ******* and ********* *** ******** systems. *** ***** *** also ** ******* ** an *** **** *** they ********* ***'* **** the ***** ** ********* of ******** ********* *** the ******* *********** ************."
  • "***********, *** *** ** general * ***** **** leads ** **** *******. Tough ** ********** *** there ** **."
  • "********* ********** *** ******* from ******** ******** ** design *** ***** **************."
  • "******* ********** *****. **** times ** *********** **** law *********** ********."
  • "**** ********* **** ** 3rd ***** *********** **** good *******. **** ****** as * **** ********** measure *** *** ******** and **** ****** **** to ***** ** ***** daily **********."

******** *******

*******, ********** ************ ************ *** ******* ** a **********'* ************* *** generally ********, ** *** case ** ******** *** result ***** ** ** more ********.  ***** ******** results **** ***** *****, responses ********** ******** ******* for ******* ******** **** much **** ******:

  • "***** *** ********* ******* by ******** *********** ******** by ** *&*. ******* vary, *** ********* ********, the ******* *** ****."
  • "****, *****'* ******** **** a **********? **** ***** a ********** **** * track ****** ** ******** systems **** ** ********. Results **** **** **** to *** *** ** oh **** ** ****** f****** ***. **'* ** impression, *** ****** *** they ****."
  • "*********** **** ********* ***** terms."
  • "**** *** **** * variety ** ******** *********** with ******* *******!"

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

******* ****** ****** ** specification ********* *** *** security ************* ** ***, but ******* ********** ** engineering ***** *** ********** in ******* **********. ********** for ***** ******* *** generally **** ******** **** most ********* ************** *** end ****** ** **** sophisticated 

  • "** *** *********** **** is *********** ** ********, the ******* *** ******* good. ** *** *********** firm ** *********** ** "electricity", *** ******* ******* on *** ***********!"
  • "*&* **** ******* ********** - ***** *** *******."
  • "********** *** *********** *****. The ************** ** *** area * ********** **** and ****; ******* **** are *** ****** ********* to ***** **** *** explain *** *********** ** different *******."
  • "**********, ***** ********* *****'* provide ******** ******** ** it ** ****** ****** based *** * *********** template."

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

********: *** ***** *** improve *** ******* ************ systems *** **** ****** on?

*******: ** *** ***************, video ********* **** **** well ***** **** *** single ******* ******** ******. However, ****-******** ********* ***** claimed ********* ******** ******* or ********* ********** ***** is ****** *****.

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

******* ****** ********************, ***** ** ****-** demand *** ********* ** that *********** ***** ******* overall *********** ** ******** systems:

  • "****** ************** ** ********* for **** *** ******** airport ***** ** ******* identify *** **** ** item ******."
  • "********* *** ** ********* would **** *** ****** more *********."
  • "******* *** ********** ** investigation ** *********** ***** analytics"
  • "* ***** **** ** use **** ***** ********."
  • "* ***** **** ********* used **** **********."
  • "** ** ***** *** analytics, *** ****** ***** be ********* ******* ** reactive."

****** ******* 

**** ********* ********* *** bigger ******** ** ********* existing ****** *********** ** increasing ********** ***** ***** big *******:

  • "********* ** ****** **** models **** **********"
  • "****** ****** **********...****** **** decisions."
  • "******* **** ****** ********** fixed *******."
  • "***** *** *** ** watch **** ***** ***** at **** **** ***** res *******."
  • "** ********* **** **** sections ** *** ******* already ** ***** (*** analog, *** *** *********** IP *******). ** **** great ********** *******, ***** systems **** ** ** replaced."

****/****** ********* 

*** *******, ****** ******** monitoring ******* **** **** operators *** ***** ********* for ********* ****** ***********:

  • "**** **** **** ******."
  • "**** ***** ********"
  • "****** ********* ***** ********** the ******* ** **** as **** **** ******* policies/requirements."
  • "******* *** ****** *********** people."
  • "** **** **** *** cameras, *** **** ***** people *** ** ***** to ***** ****.  **** people *** ******. *** cameras ** ** **** 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...

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

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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