The importance of video surveillance for airport security

Christoph Kreis, Sales Manager at Dallmeier, explores how video surveillance for the airport industry has progressed and how important it is for the industry to embrace technological changes.

What are the current challenges to airport security?

As places where large numbers of people convene, airports raise a diverse range of safety and security issues. However, in light of recent terrorist attacks on airports and intrusions onto aprons close to parked aircraft, the prevention of unauthorised access as well as the early detection of suspicious activities are certainly the most pressing security challenges for airport operators. Meeting those challenges must be reconciled with operational requirements, such as time-efficient check-ins, adding another issue for operators. The good news is that video technology can be of great assistance. For example, tracking of suspicious objects or persons and alerting staff of sudden behavioural changes or access violations.

How has video surveillance progressed and why is this enhanced technology particularly important in the airport industry?

Video surveillance in general has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, for example through the advent of more powerful software applications. Even the term ‘surveillance’ is becoming increasingly obsolete as it appears too limited to capture what can be achieved by using video technology. We are answering the changing needs with our patented multifocal sensor technology Panomera® which is ideally suited for airport applications owing to its unique capabilities. It was specially developed for the all-encompassing video surveillance of expansive areas. Using Panomera®, it is possible to cover huge widths and areas with large distances with a completely new resolution quality. One Panomera® equipped with eight sensors is sufficient to replace up to 35 standard megapixel cameras.

How does Dallmeier’s product range meet modern airports’ requirements?

Dallmeier offers comprehensive security solutions for all areas of application around airports. A wide range of systems, including the Panomera® technology as well as high-performance cameras, enables customers to tackle various safety and security challenges and to comply fully with operational and regulatory requirements. Dallmeier also supplies video management solutions that not only give operators an exhaustive overview of security-relevant events, but also allows the video data to be analysed to optimise business processes. We are able to provide cost-efficient, scalable system solutions covering everything from landside and airside monitoring to business operations.

How important is it for airports to be able to integrate new solutions into existing infrastructure?

Video information systems need to be able to operate in conjunction with other systems. Therefore it is very important to ensure a high degree of compatibility when offering comprehensive video solutions. Budgetary matters also need to be considered. By offering solutions that integrate seamlessly into existing systems, we help operators meet requirements and keep within budgets. That is important for smaller, often regional, airports who operate on a reduced scale yet face the same challenges as large airports.

What changes do you envisage for airport security going forward?

The volumes of data captured by video systems will continue to increase because of the convergence of security applications and business intelligence. We need to make sure that security personnel are not overwhelmed and work efficiently. Hence Dallmeier has been developing video management and analysis software which makes work easier for operators and supplies specific information as it becomes relevant. Panomera® is multicast-enabled, which means several users can access and work with footage simultaneously. We believe the switch from conventional passive surveillance to proactive video monitoring, as we are offering with Panomera®, is the right way to enhance security everywhere, including airports.

About Christoph Kreis

Christoph Kreis has been leveraging his wide experience as a member of the Dallmeier sales team since 2014, focusing on the airport industry. Christoph adapts his previously gained unique insights into African and Asian markets, combined with his strong personal skills, to develop tailor-made security solutions for demanding projects around the world.

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