DVTel Upgrades South African Airport Security for World Cup

Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Anticipating increased tourism brought by the 2010 World Cup, South African authorities are upgrading surveillance and security at the international airport in Johannesburg with a hybrid DVTel installation.[IMAGE]OR-Tambo-International-Airport.jpg[/IMAGE]

The O.R. Tambo International Airport is expanding an existing DVTel video surveillance system already installed in the domestic and international terminals.

“Airport management was very clear that everything for security was going to IP technology, and it needed to go on the IT infrastructure,” says David Petrook, DVTel managing director. “Our ability to handle existing analogue legacy equipment preserved the airport’s investment and our level of service, support, and technology assured O.R. Tambo airport management that we would be there throughout the process, at every stage, and that ACSA would have the foundations to provide the very best security for now and in the future.”

Airport officials confirmed that the new Central Terminal Building (CTB) at O.R. Tambo International will have 650 IP surveillance cameras in the building linking international arrival and departures. The DVTel intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) is the management platform for viewing, storing, and utilizing all camera data from the many hundreds of cameras deployed throughout the airport.

South African authorities expect air passenger traffic to total 40 million by 2010, the majority passing through South Africa’s three largest gateways, including Johannesburg. Renovations and upgrades at many South African airports are already underway in preparation for the 2010 World Cup in June as well as the sustained increase in tourist and other air traffic to the nation.

For the installed system, legacy cameras are connected to the IP network using encoder technology. For the CTB addition, DVTel is providing IP pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) domes, mini-domes and fixed cameras. Airport authorities chose the DVTel iSOC platform due to its industry leading flexibility in simultaneously transitioning legacy analogue equipment and accommodating the latest IP technology, making it highly cost competitive while delivering superior management and camera image performance, according to DVTel.

In addition to managing video data over the airport network, several technology integrations are underway or planned. Video will be used for non-security applications, thus enabling surveillance technology to be used for multiple roles. For example, car-park cameras will be used for car-counting applications to show airport users where available parking spaces are located.

DVTel’s unique and powerful SceneTracker software will also be deployed to stitch together multiple cameras in both the immigration area, to show areas that are particularly busy, and in the airside control area to give an overall view of the aircraft docking area. SceneTracker provides a real-world, real-time perspective of multiple camera images in a single integrated view. One SceneTracker installation will cover five cameras viewing an airport apron, while another will stitch four cameras trained on immigration lines.

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