Airports have very high security requirements, however, many of them do not have updated technologies to help them optimize this aspect. From Axis an expert tells us in a general way what the latest advances in this area are.
Many airports in the world use CCTV video surveillance systems that are not updated with the latest technological advances. So your security could be compromised in the event of a risk situation.
In recent years, manufacturers have developed technologies such as IP video surveillance cameras. These also adapted to the needs of this type of infrastructure but with multiple objectives:
- record for third parties to review the images,
- detect risk situations through the reception of audio,
- avoid losses through package tracking and enhancing service efficiency, among many other applications.
“Airports are areas of important value for transport since a large number of people use them daily to move and transport goods. Therefore it is necessary that they limit as many risks as possible through the implementation of appropriate solutions, rely on technological advances to become safer and more efficient.
Network video surveillance technologies represent an opportunity for improvement, as they allow the supervision of internal and external areas, also minimize costs and maximize efficiency”, declared Francisco Rodríguez, manager of Professional Services at Axis Communications.
Airport security surveillance
For airport stations there are video surveillance solutions specialized in different factors. For example, network video platforms integrate various applications; that work in a cross-functional way to improve the security and operations of an airport.
Other very important tools in the sector are thermal CCTV cameras; which allow early detection of any intrusion that puts the perimeter of a restricted area at risk.
This rugged technology can recognize and identify targets even in low light or complete darkness.
All this, integrated with analytics that support a trained control system, will allow the prevention or reaction protocols established by the security forces to be carried out efficiently.
At airports there are areas that require greater security and attention; such is the case of the bands or the scanner inspection area.
With the use of electronic video surveillance, users, crews and even guards can be recorded in detail so that they do not engage in improper acts such as abuse of authority, theft, vandalism and other activities that may violate the individual guarantees of users.
Another advantage of network video solutions is that through live monitoring it is possible to send information to airport operators to streamline access protocols, from monitoring ground services and baggage, to monitoring and flow of people.
A wide range of IP cameras enables cost-effective monitoring of indoor and outdoor areas such as entrances and exits with solutions such as:
- video intercoms,
- security and passport controls,
- check-in counters,
- shopping areas,
- parking lots,
- loading areas,
- tracks and parking areas filming.
” Video surveillance systems are opening new frontiers for multiple industries. However, in the case of airports, is where the importance of detecting potential risks and maximizing their performance is best exemplified. Therefore, this industry has begun to implement the electronic video surveillance solutions, which undoubtedly reflect an important step in overcoming the challenges faced by airports”, concluded Francisco Rodríguez, Manager of professional services at Axis Communications.
Why stick to global policies?
Ideally, any sector of the industry, including video surveillance, operates with relative independence from the policies that limit the effectiveness of these devices; since their main objective is to ensure the safety of people and businesses.
Throughout history there have been bad practices regarding people’s privacy; since authorities, generate with this type of technology databases that contain precise information about what they monitor.
That is why the companies in charge of developing these solutions must comply with the standards established by the laws of each country.
One of the main objectives for the manufacturers of these technologies should be to guarantee the continuity of the supply of products to partners and customers; in addition to constant adaptation to the political landscape of each region.
Leopoldo Ruíz, General Director for Axis Communications in Latin America, assures that in many parts of the world, both in the public and private spheres, there are rules and regulations of governments or unions regarding video surveillance on privacy, “for it is necessary to consider these factors when choosing a video surveillance solution, since one of the strictest regulations in the world is to protect the rights of citizens, with respect to the collection, storage, processing and use of their personal data ” .
A solution to security challenges
There are highly crowded places, such as airports, main avenues, schools, etc., where the amount of data that you store requires detailed care of the information.
Faced with these types of situations, companies such as Axis Communications have developed technologies that meet these challenges. Such as, static masking that protects strategic areas, delimiting the monitoring of areas restricted by law.
For the most part, the challenges facing the industry relate to the monitoring of people, since in some regions the private sector is not allowed to store information from citizens. For these needs, dynamic masking confers anonymity to people in the videos, while making it possible to monitor any activity.
Manufacturers are developing thermal video as another of the options with the aim of addressing the impact of global policies. Since through the heat produced by people and objects an anonymous image is also generated; without details of the scene, but capable to detect specific events.
For other uses, radar technology has smart algorithms that provide a solution for motion detection and triggering of alarm events without the need to collect personally identifiable data.
Manufacturers are developing video surveillance solutions according to the guidelines of each country, so it is important to continue looking for technologies that comply with the laws of each region for the benefit of citizens.
“The impact of global policies requires that companies seek to adhere to this security trend that will represent a watershed in the way of developing technology as of 2020, always aligning business objectives with global initiatives and goals around sustainability and ethical business. ” Leopoldo Ruiz, General Director for Latin America at Axis Communications concluded.