Honeywell will supply two Houston airports with a perimeter and intrusion detection system. George Bush Intercontinental and William Hobby airports will be equipped with radar video surveillance (RVS), which tracks ground-based moving targets.

In addition, both airports will serve as beta sites for Honeywell’s advanced video processing system (AVPS), which monitors and analyzes certain behaviors captured by video.

RVS, a software system originally developed by Honeywell Aerospace and used to protect ports and track missiles, was adapted for ground use and will be used to monitor the airports’ perimeters.

At Bush Intercontinental, the system will monitor an area of 30-plus miles. In addition, AVPS uses sophisticated algorithms to track behaviors and rules.

For example, a user could search for an incident involving a vehicle moving in a certain direction at a certain speed. AVPS will be deployed in areas where ground-based radar may be obstructed by buildings or towers.

“The combination of RVS, ground-based radar and video analytics tied into the pro-watch/digital video manager security management system offers airports a complete evaluation of their facilities’ security from AOA to the very edge of the perimeter, all within a single graphical user interface,” said Jeremy Howard, global accounts: aviation and transportation for Honeywell Integrated Security Solutions.

The project will use a variety of Honeywell cameras as well as fixed and PTZ FLIR thermal cameras, which allow operators to view miles of the airport’s perimeter. The cameras will be linked to geospatial maps allowing for easy evaluation of targets detected by both ground-based radar and video analytics.

Both AVPS and RVS will complement the airport system’s Airport Rangers program, as well as its many other security mechanisms. The Airport Rangers program is a mounted security patrol system that enables a badged surveillance team to patrol Bush Intercontinental Airport’s 11,000-acre perimeter on horseback.

Installation will take approximately six to eight months to complete.