New surveillance system helps improve security, operations at New Zealand airport

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, March 6, 2012 –– March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, today announced that Christchurch International Airport Ltd. in New Zealand has standardized on the company's IP video surveillance solution to support safety and security requirements across its operations. The March Networks Command video management software and high-definition IP cameras have provided such a high return in operational efficiencies that the solution is now a critical component of the airport's overall business.

Christchurch Airport's surveillance commitment has increased considerably in recent years because of the worldwide focus on transport security. The airport has expanded its coverage from a few dozen to hundreds of cameras, including more than 200 March Networks' MegaPX 1080p, CamPX MiniDome and PTZ IP cameras, to gain greater visibility of its terminal, airfield and automated baggage system. It is also using the solution for operational purposes, such as managing gate allocations for incoming flights, directing taxis to where they are most needed, and responding remotely to inquiries from unattended carpark gates.

"We have grown to rely on the March Networks solution equally for security and operations, and we're very pleased with its performance," said Tim Morris, Operations Manager, Christchurch International Airport Ltd. "The system is user-friendly and has massive scale and reliability, which keeps us prepared at all times – even during last year's February earthquake, when we served as an emergency transportation hub for rescue teams and medical evacuation flights."

The March Networks system withstood a violent, 6.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the city of Christchurch on February 22, 2011. The city has recorded more than 10,000 aftershocks since that time, but the system has never gone down or lost video.

Christchurch Airport's security and IT teams engaged in a rigorous evaluation process before selecting the Command solution, working with certified March Networks provider ECL Security. As a next step, the airport is planning a complete integration with its access control system. It is also assessing the use of video analytics available in the March Networks portfolio, such as loitering or left baggage detection.

"The market for airport security solutions is expected to exceed $1.5 billion by 2015, with video surveillance representing the fastest growing segment," said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. "Our solutions provide airport authorities with enterprise-class solutions that are scalable, highly reliable and easily managed. In addition, they support a wide range of operational applications that help airports work smarter and faster, and realize better returns on their investment."

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