Projects in the News: October 2012
Schneider Electric announced the successful expansion of its Pelco™ by Schneider Electric Endura™ IP video management system (VMS) in the newly opened Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The airport, which ranked 20th-busiest in the world in 2011, added more than 900 Pelco cameras and integrated the video system with an access control system to provide mission-critical surveillance for public and back-of-house areas, security checkpoints, U.S. Customs and Border Protection sections, baggage systems, the tram system, and parking facilities. This expanded system integrates with an existing Endura solution already deployed in McCarran, allowing security personnel to effectively safeguard people and property throughout the entire airport.
Endura VMS was originally chosen by the security team at McCarran International Airport in 2006.
“Schneider Electric’s Pelco security systems have played a crucial role in protecting McCarran Airport and its patrons for more than a decade,” said David Bourgon, manager of IT services, McCarran International Airport. “With more than 41 million people visiting McCarran in 2011, the Endura solution provides us with the scalability that our airport requires as well as the tools to effectively monitor and quickly respond to events.”
According to airport officials, the system, which includes cameras in seven buildings, can also be accessed by various local law enforcement agencies and security groups. With the extension, the security team at McCarran also implemented the Endura mapping application, which makes use of existing geographical information system maps, to provide easy reference points for the cameras. The mapping gives operators the ability to pull up a map of an area at the airport and visibly see all of the cameras in that area. Users can then click on specific cameras in that area to view the video.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with McCarran International Airport and support them in the expansion of the security system in Terminal 3,” said Sam Belbina, vice president of Pelco video security, Schneider Electric. “McCarran has long been on the cutting edge of airport technology. The Endura VMS is the ideal solution for this airport, providing mission-critical surveillance operations, around-the-clock monitoring and unwavering reliability.”
Six video surveillance cameras from Bosch Security Systems Inc. were installed on the newly constructed Twin Sails Bridge in the town of Poole on the south coast of England. The cameras help to monitor all traffic and pedestrians making the crossing as well as vessels passing beneath the bridge. For the full case study, visit sdmmag.com.
The Valley Forge Casino, which opened on March 31, 2012, selected North American Video (NAV) to implement its video surveillance and security system. Casino management stated it chose NAV based on its proposal and extensive experience in designing and building network-based systems for casinos. The design/build proposal includes a Pelco IP-based video surveillance system that features the powerful Endura 2.0 recording structure and a combination of approximately 400 Sarix™ and Spectra IV IP cameras. The design/build also includes a Software House Access Control system, integrated into the Pelco video surveillance system, to cover the doors and mantraps.
“By integrating the access control and video surveillance system together in an easy to manage overall system, casino management has a more complete picture,” said Laurie Jackson, vice president of gaming sales, NAV.
MOBOTIX Corp. announced that Graybar Canada, a wholesale distributor of electrical equipment including surveillance solutions, deployed more than two dozen MOBOTIX cameras between its Markham and Halifax branches in response to loss prevention issues and vandalism.
Graybar Canada installed MOBOTIX DualNight M12 cameras to secure the perimeters of each branch and help curb vandalism issues in Halifax. In addition, Graybar leveraged the MOBOTIX Q24 hemispheric technology to secure its 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Markham with just six cameras. The Q24 camera allows for a 180-degree, panoramic field of view with just a single lens.
“The No. 1 reason we chose MOBOTIX is the fact that we can take one Q24 and with it see a view that would normally take four to six cameras to provide. The real estate you get from just one camera is amazing,” said Angelo Giancoulas, technology solutions specialist, Graybar Canada, who installed the system at the Markham branch.
Haivision announced that the University of Oregon deployed an extensive media system bringing together Haivision’s Makito™ HD H.264 encoder and CoolSign™ digital signage system to drive displays throughout its 12,000-seat Matthew Knight Arena, the new home of the university’s basketball team. The Haivision system delivers real-time HD and rich media content to hundreds of CoolSign digital signage players, ensuring fans stay connected to the game no matter where they are in the venue.
Provided through Global Access Control Systems, Pittsburgh, 26 16-foot Delta MP5000 mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers from Delta Scientific were used by the Secret Service at both the Republican and Democratic national political conventions. The barriers carry a K8 rating (M40 per new ASTM rating), stopping 7.5-ton vehicles traveling 40 mph.
In both Tampa and Charlotte, the totally self-contained MP5000’s were towed into position to control vehicle access within 15 minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation was required. The operation as well as deployment and retrieval were push-button controlled. Each MP5000 included a battery-operated power unit, replenished from either a solar array or local low-voltage source.
The same barriers helped police and military officers protect 60 heads of state and other global leaders, more than 2,000 journalists, other attendees and onlookers from vehicle bomb attack and errant drivers at the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit held in Chicago May 20-21.
NICE Systems announced that it is implementing its surveillance portfolio in the city of Sochi, Russia, as part of its “Safe City” initiative for mitigating security, safety and operational risks. Sochi is a resort town that will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. It is also one of the candidate cities to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Sochi is deploying the complete NICE Surveillance portfolio including NICE Situator, a holistic situation management solution; NiceVision Net 2.5 IP Video Surveillance, which will span more than 1,400 channels; NICE Inform to enable multimedia incident debriefing and simulation investigation; NICE video analytics and audio recording; and the NiceVision Web application, which can be used by field agents and police to access live and playback video feed.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting these world famous sporting events in Sochi and are committed to ensuring that the city is safe and secure,” said Sergey Cherepov, director of The Situation Monitoring Center of Sochi. “The coming years will witness rapid population and economic growth in Sochi, broadening the safety and security challenges as well as increasing the requirements and complexity of everyday city operations.”