Miami International Airport takes layered approach to security

GTSI integrates cameras, other systems into video management platform at airport

Silver added that many integrators do not even think about the infrastructure and the IT component of a project when they’re installing a new security system. "It is probably as critical as the selection of cameras or any other piece of a security system because you’re only going to be as valuable as your weakest link," he said.

Video analytics were also a big component of the MIA surveillance upgrade and despite much of the criticism the technology received about being over-hyped when it hit the market a little more than a decade ago, Storek said that analytics has finally started to deliver on some of those early promises.    

"In the past, they were something that sounded better on paper than in practice and I think that more IP-centric solutions really lend themselves to improving analytics as analytics improve," he said. "In addition it makes installation in outdoor environments a little more flexible and what I mean by that is if everything is IP-based, your transport layer, etc. it is easier to deploy and more cost-effective to deploy. I also think people have a better understanding of how analytics work."  

Additionally, the project will also enable better sharing of data between those agencies responsible for securing the airport, which goes well beyond just preventing acts of terror.

"There was a high-priority due to the nature of Miami itself, the size of the airport, the types of events, etc. that take place in Miami and the folks that go through that particular airport, to be able to quickly and seamlessly share important data with other agencies without infringing on the security of the network itself," Storek explained. "Obviously, while terror is certainly an issue, there are other events that occur at airports such as people being disoriented and driving through guard gates. The proper combination of software and hardware can also aid in the very things that generate revenue for an airport, whether it be counting of things or tracking things. Obviously, the focus was on protecting passengers and people at the airport."