ioimage solutions installed to protect the Vatican

Company's analytic technology used to protect sensitve areas, perimeter


HERZLIYA, Israel , November 18 /PRNewswire/ -- ioimage, the pioneer of intelligent video appliances designed for simplicity, announced today that it has been selected to protect sensitive areas of the Vatican.

ioimage intelligent video appliances, monitored by an ioiware Command Center, are being used to detect intruders along a 60-kilometer perimeter of sensitive areas, entry and exit gates and the wall surrounding the Vatican.

ioimage was selected from several other video analytics suppliers for this major contract. The first unit was installed in 2005 following a year of intensive testing which demonstrated the system's superior ease of installation, stability and reliability. Since then, it has proven itself as an effective deterrent against intruders and has optimized the daily tasks of those responsible for surveillance.

Additional ioimage units are currently being installed. These units - composed of ioimage's IP camera with built-in self-sustained video analytics, the ioicam wdc100dn and ioibox video encoders using autonomous PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) tracking - will be centrally monitored and managed by the "Corpo della Gendarmeria", the Vatican's security force from their control room.

Millions of people visit the Vatican's public areas every year. Its library and museum collections, which belong to the extra territorial part of the Vatican state, are of the highest cultural significance, while buildings such as St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel house some of the world's most famous art, including works by Bernini, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Raphael.

"As one of the world's most important sites, the Vatican presented unique challenges," said Boaz Harpaz , CEO of Picksec International Group, the system integrator. "The security system had to be extremely reliable 24/7 in very crowded, surroundings and under varying weather conditions. It also had to be capable of automatically adjusting to frequent changes in public access schedules while ensuring a low incidence of false alarms. Last but not least, it needed to be easy to install and maintain. After extensive testing of a number of different video analytics products, we found that ioimage offered the optimal solution for this critical site."

"This project represents a milestone for ioimage and underscores our position as the pioneer and leader in the field of intelligent video," said Zeev Farkash , VP Sales and Customer Support. "Our solution was rigorously tested by the Corpo della Gendarmeria's technical personnel before being selected over those of several competitors to monitor this world-famous site."