Naval Ordnance Test Unit deploys Samsung surveillance solutions

Company’s PTZ cameras, DVR help protect key military asset


The Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) at the Cape Canaveral, Florida, Air Force Station supports and tests sea-based weapons in a safe environment. The unit also operates the Navy Port at Port Canaveral, supporting submarines and surface ships of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and of foreign navies, as well as the assets of the Military Sealift Command. The unit's location, which is surrounded by ocean on three sides, poses a challenge for electronic devices to operate dependably due to its corrosive, salt-water environment.

Video surveillance at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit previously consisted of an outdated system using four black-and-white pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, a PTZ controller and four black-and-white video displays tied to video cassette recorders (VCRs). The system needed to be updated, and new components had to withstand the corrosive environment.

NOTU turned to Millennium Communications of Melbourne, Florida, a Samsung Strategic Integrator, to design and install a new system. Founded by Angel Echevarria, Millennium Communications has a 10-year history of providing surveillance and two-way radio systems to commercial, hospitality, educational and federal facilities throughout Brevard County. Mr. Echevarria and Mark Soliman, President of Millennium Communications, designed the NOTU system and oversaw its installation.

Millennium designed NOTU’s new system based on Samsung technology for its security and efficiency benefits. Due to the outdated black-and-white cameras, their overall goal was to improve the image clarity. Additionally, the Samsung solution provided automatic pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) tours and vastly improved video storage capacity.

Millennium opted not to use IP-based network cameras but decided instead on the proven capabilities of Samsung’s analog technology, which fully met their needs. The new system includes four Samsung weather-resistant PTZ cameras, which capture high resolution images and are protected by integrated housings.

Samsung’s PTZ line of cameras come equipped with features such as 128x wide dynamic range (WDR) and digital image stabilization with a 37x optical zoom lens, and auto-tracking capabilities. These cameras also incorporate Samsung’s Super Noise Reduction to minimize random and fixed noise under low illumination in order to achieve excellent low light performance while reducing digital video recorder (DVR) storage space by as much as 70 percent.

"We knew that the the installation at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit required cameras that combined high performance with outstanding value," said Mr. Soliman. "The Samsung PTZ camera with its integrated housing fit the application well and provided a high-end product at a good mid-range price."

The cameras at NOTU provide video across fiber-optic cabling to a Samsung DVR/storage system. The Samsung DVR at the NOTU location provides high-resolution real-time recording capability. The DVR provides smart thumbnail and bookmark search capabilities, fast DVD backup (with a DVD writer included as a standard feature) and easy control with intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and mouse. It can also accommodate up to two internal SATA HDD disk drives.

The Naval Ordnance Test Unit system also uses a Samsung keyboard PTZ controller to provide system compatibility with multiple protocols. Its intuitive keypad, large LCD window and ergonomic design provide for easy operation. The system is monitored locally on base and uses fiber/RS-485 transmission to control the cameras.

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