Market focus: Airport security

Sea-Tac International Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has selected and has recently completed installation of Genetec's Omnicast IP video surveillance as part of a major video system upgrade. With more than 30 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, Sea-Tac, a division of the Port of Seattle, was looking to upgrade its six disparate and analog-based video surveillance systems with one fully merged IP-based solution.

Integrator Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies suggested Omnicast for its open-architecture so Sea-Tac could leverage existing hardware and infrastructure investments. The entire system to date consists of hundreds of existing analog cameras from vendors including Bosch, Panasonic and Pelco that are IP-enabled with encoders. Sea-Tac Airport also opted for Pivot3 Serverless Computing storage, archiving recorded video on 11 virtual servers as well as an additional nine physical servers which support Omnicast's directory and failover archiving.

With the ability in Omnicast to pre-set recording resolutions of all cameras, and Pivot3's cloud computing servers, Sea-Tac quickly noticed huge storage-space savings, and a reduction in their energy consumption, which was a primary concern for senior management at the airport.

"The Port of Seattle has an initiative to be the greenest port authority in the country," says Chris Evans, Electronic Systems Foreman with System Administrator responsibilities for the Physical Security Systems at Sea-Tac Airport. "With the Genetec-Pivot3 solution, we have been able to reduce the amount of equipment in our main equipment room by 80 percent."

The open architecture and advanced software development kit of the Omnicast system also helped Sea-Tac fully integrate the IP video surveillance system to a third-party access control solution, as well as to an internal application that provides situational awareness to key managers at the airport.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the nearest commercial airport to the U.S. capital and is in close proximity to the White House, the Capitol, and the Pentagon, has completed implementation of the NiceVision Net IP video surveillance solution from NICE Systems.

This deployment will help the airport improve safety and security for its 18 million annual passengers, and provide a platform for future expansions and migration to IP video surveillance. The project is being funded through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) Advanced Surveillance Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The surveillance technology enables the airport's security personnel to anticipate, manage and mitigate security, safety and operational risks by capturing and analyzing video, and ensuring that the right people get the right information at the right time, to take action. Video data is indexed for easy retrieval, giving security personnel an effective solution for event investigation, debriefing and reporting. Furthermore, NICE's IP-based video surveillance solution accommodates both analog and IP cameras on a single platform, enabling the airport to maintain its current infrastructure while having a path to migrate to IP.

Love Field Airport

The Love Field Modernization Program (LFMP) will renovate and expand Dallas Love Field airport, creating a cohesive, modern facility that will serve the needs of Dallas citizens and travelers for many years to come. The LFMP renovations include a new centralized concourse with 20 gates, a remodeled lobby, expanded baggage claim area and a new ticketing wing.

The modernization program also includes the installation of a new state-of-the-art HD surveillance system from Avigilon. The first phase of the Modernization Program included the replacement of two existing surveillance systems with the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, the installation of encoders to leverage the airport's existing 80 analog cameras, and the addition of more than 40 new Avigilon megapixel HD cameras. Future phases will replace all analog cameras with new megapixel cameras, add hundreds of new megapixel cameras, and eliminate the two remaining separate surveillance systems.

"Before the launch of the Modernization Program, Love Field had four separate video surveillance systems which made it challenging for law enforcement to monitor activities and airport officials to maintain these systems. The Love Field Modernization Program is transforming the Dallas Love Field airport into a benchmark for best practices in airport efficiency, service and security," says Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales and marketing for Avigilon.

Fairbanks International Airport

Fairbanks International Airport has recently completed an integrated video security system from suppliers Vicon Industries Inc., and SimplexGrinnell. The sophisticated system combines a ViconNet video management system with ViconNet VI video intelligence and access control capabilities from Software House to create a fully integrated, IP-based security solution for inside and outside the airport.

The video analytics software immediately identifies individuals walking in the "wrong" direction through or around security checkpoints. Prior to its installation, if a passenger slipped from a non-secure area to a secure area without passing through security, it would have been necessary to evacuate the entire secure area and require all passengers to endure another round of screening. With the new video intelligence in place, recorded video allows specific individuals to be quickly identified when they bypass security and only they need to be apprehended.

The entire ViconNet system encompasses approximately 120 cameras and access control points connected to a network that may be viewed and controlled from four different monitoring locations. Vicon's SurveyorVFT pressurized domes are used in all outdoor locations, where temperatures periodically dip to as low as -60 degrees Fehrenheit. Integration between the ViconNet and Software House systems provides automatic linking between access control events and video, so that primary monitors in the control centers immediately display video of any security breach as it is occurring.

Lay-out and installation of the system was performed by the Fairbanks office of SimplexGrinnell, working in coordination with the State of Alaska.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado has chosen the SAFE for Airports solution from Quantum Secure as its physical access and identity management solution. The solution will streamline access assignment and management, automate key physical security policies, simplify badging operations and improve tracking/reporting throughout the airport.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is a 44,000 square foot single-floor terminal facility, including six rental car operations, a year-round guest services operation, a restaurant and gift shop concessions. With a largely seasonal employee base and a small airport badging staff, the airport needed a flexible, automated badging system for the enrollment, verification and processing of personnel gaining temporary or long-term access to the airport.

With the Quantum Secure solution, the airport will get a new badging and enrollment system which will allow for secure badges or credentials to be easily issued and renewed while automatically enforcing the business rules and controls of the badging office and the regulations and security directives issued by the TSA and other airport related regulatory authorities.

The solution also provides a supervisory management system to transform and automate manual workflows and processes, enabling airport authorities to manage facility access of users and groups through role-based access control. This results into streamlined security operations with huge reductions in operating costs.

"With our small badging staff and large badge population, SAFE will increase our internal efficiency while greatly improving the credential issuing process for our users and tenants," says David Ulane, Assistant Aviation Director for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.