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04/08/2019

Securing an airport with a scalable solution

Edinburgh, UK

The architecture needed to limit bottlenecks, reduce latency issues, provide redundancy advantages and be scalable to allow for multiple new terminal buildings to be connected with ease.

Faced with a number of security challenges and planned future expansion, a major airport decided it was time to implement a scalable security surveillance solution. Here, Indigovision takes a look at how to manage such a scenario to ensure the selected solution provides scalability for growth.

Security issues and analogue hangovers

The existing proprietary solution at the airport had become outdated and was littered with issues resulting in high maintenance and expansion costs, a new solution was required that would allow the airport to scale it’s surveillance solution in line with future expansion plans.

Addressing security and scalability concerns

The required solution had multiple requirements to ensure that the existing issues were resolved and that the solution could scale with the planned expansion.

With expansion planned to facilitate growing passenger numbers, an open IP based solution was specified to replace the existing analog solution to improve situational awareness, provide scalability and integrate with a number of other systems operating in the airport.

The architecture needed to limit bottlenecks, reduce latency issues, provide redundancy advantages and be scalable to allow for multiple new terminal buildings to be connected with ease.

New HD cameras were specified to improve image quality and coverage with a video wall required in order to view and manage the increase in video streams in the centralised control room. New large capacity NVR’s were also specified to cope with the increase in camera streams and an extra NVR for redundancy and failover.

Distributed architecture helped exceed requirements

A solution with distributed architecture was chosen as it solved multiple issues with the existing solution and facilitated future expansion without the need for a centralised server. Distributed architecture allows data to be kept close to where it is produced or needed. When cameras, surveillance workstations, NVRs, alarm servers, integration gateways all participate in a distributed architecture, data bottlenecks are minimized as all processing doesn’t need to pass through a centralized server. Distributed Architecture provides a truly unlimited and scalable solution that can easily accommodate the largest airports in the world.

Lowering total cost of ownership (TCO)

Distributed architecture enables planned future expansion as it can support thousands of cameras, workstations and NVR’s dramatically reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO). The scalability of distributed architecture allows the airport to continue with planned expansion and add a single camera/NVR or a whole new terminal when needed.


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