Canadian Security Magazine

IP Video analytics for airport safety

Jennifer Brown   

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{mosimage}Schiphol, Amsterdam’s International Airport, is using IndigoVision’s advanced IP Video analytics to prevent accidental or malicious intrusion onto runway and hanger areas.

With over 20 million passengers passing through the Netherlands’
busiest airport each year, the airport operators needed help to improve
the safety and security of aircraft movements.
The analytics algorithms, which are part of IndigoVision’s  IP Video
solution, run in real time at the camera ensuring that operations staff
in the dedicated control room are alerted automatically to intrusions
as they are detected.

This ensures a timely response to any potential emergency or security
Seventeen fixed CCTV cameras cover the active airside area of the
airport and these are connected back to the control room via a hybrid
fiber and wireless LAN.

The analytics mode ”˜Virtual Tripwire’ is used to designate unauthorized
areas in each camera’s field of view. Whenever a vehicle or person
crosses into these areas an alarm is automatically triggered and the
appropriate camera view is displayed in the control room. The system
was designed and installed by GTN Systems, IndigoVision’s Dutch based
approved integrator.

”˜Control Center’, IndigoVision’s enterprise video and alarm management
software, allows the operations staff in the control room to view live
and recorded video from any of the cameras. All video is recorded on
two of IndigoVision’s Networked Video Recorders (NVRs), providing up to
14 days of continuous real time recording. The operations staff can
also run the same analytics on the recorded video for post event


Each camera connects to an IndigoVision 8000 transmitter/receiver unit
installed with the camera. The 8000 converts the camera signal to DVD
quality, high-resolution digital video for transmission over the LAN.
The LAN is based on an existing fiber network installed within the
airport building which was extended using a fault tolerant wireless
mesh network. The furthest camera is located nearly 1 mile from the
control room. IndigoVision’s advanced compression technology ensures
that the operations staff can view and record CCTV images that are
indistinguishable from analog while minimizing bandwidth on the LAN.

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