And also, video can be used for non-security applications, thus enabling surveillance technology to be used for multiple roles.
As example, Project Sea Lock (Sealocks Project.pdf) has over 70 locks and accommodates cargo boats up to 300 feet long. The locks are primarily used to prevent water from flooding the mainland while still allowing a viable shipping channel. The Project is a major contributor to this host city’s economy as a shipping and receiving lane.
Before DVTel’s intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) was installed, each lock was either individually manned or someone had to be summoned from another location in order to operate the lock. When a boat arrives at the lock, the gate was manually opened and the ship monitored until it was fully enclosed, at which point the lock gate was then closed. In essence, all operations were manual, requiring onsite monitoring by personnel at all times.
DVTel provided an innovative solution using current IP technology to greatly improve safety and efficiency in the operation of the locks. Using existing and new cameras at each lock location, DVTel’s award-winning SceneTracker (an iSOC component) was used to virtually “stitch” together all camera views at each lock so that a complete scene of all locks is available to a centrally located operator. Today, personnel can view each entire lock on their monitor and open and close gates remotely. Using PTZ features adds another level of security. Verification of vessel identification information is more easily accessible (i.e., markings on the boat from an angle not easily seen from a monitoring station) and the boats can be remotely visually scanned if there is suspicious activity.
Using SceneTracker is logistically more efficient by replacing dedicated personnel at each lock or a team of people to man multiple locks, with a remote team using a vastly improved view.
The iSOC/SceneTracker solution will provide the owner of the locks with a substantial annual savings. By having a remote monitoring station, there is no need to dispatch a team to manually open and close a gate, allowing for more traffic to go through the locks on any given day, thus increasing overall project revenues. Delivery time is reduced because waiting periods are diminished. This improves the receiving and shipping of goods and provides the lock operation with improved statistics to promote the solution worldwide and improve the overall offering to the end user.
- Use existing hardware – use of already installed cameras, reduce the cost of the solution.
- Networked-Based Solution – No need to run new infrastructure because the existing network was used to support this new system.
- Build a New network - create a new, innovative platform with scalable number of hardware
- Reduction in Manpower – Savings of thousands dollars annually
- Increased Security and Operational Benefits – Using this system allows additional security measures to be put in place and the ability to verify information provided by the shipping company to keep the city and country safer.
- Improved Operations: In addition to a substantial reduction in manpower costs, the overall operations are considerably more efficient, resulting in greater customer satisfaction and a long-run increase in total revenue.
Intercontinental Terminals Corp. (ITC), one of the largest independent terminal companies on the US Gulf Coast, comprises 265 acres strategically situated on the Houston Ship Channel. ITC handles chemicals, petrochemicals, and liquefied gasses. More than 16,000 tank trucks and 10,000 rail cars pass through the facility each year. ITC services barges and deepwater tankers, and the terminal’s extensive pipeline system connects to a 7 million barrel capacity tank farm.
Intercontinental Terminals installed the DVTel intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC ) as the platform for upgrading security at this busy chemical terminal installation. The new system comprises about 60 fixed, PTZ, and infrared cameras monitoring the plant’s perimeter and multiple strategic locations. All cameras for the network video management system are connected to the fiber optic network, which greatly reduced installation time and cost.
Video is monitored 24/7 and recorded at all times at 1 CIF and 2 frames per second. All cameras are integrated into an alarm management system that pops video to ensure more effective response. On alarm, video jumps to 30 fps at 4 CIF. Under these conditions, 23 days of video can be stored on the hard drive for ready access and review. Video is viewed from multiple locations anywhere on the network, as well as remotely.
Almost 6,000 ships call at Port Everglades annually, and its growing containerized cargo business places it 12th among the nation's seaports. The port's petroleum storage and distribution hub serves all of South Florida, it is one of the top three cruise ports in the world, and it boasts a major convention center within its 2,000 acres. Port Everglades is one of South Florida's strongest economic engines with annual operating revenues of approximately $100 million. A major security incident or act of terrorism would have strong negative impact on the port and South Florida as well as reverberations throughout the world.
The installation integrator, Security One, recommended that the port utilize the unique architecture of DVTel's software-based solution to extend and improve on the initial design plan. The DVTel Latitude Network Video Management System (NVMS ) enables the port to take advantage of its dedicated one gigabyte network to bring all data back to the Security Operations Center (iSOC ). Camera data now travels into DVTel encoders in the node rooms and is then transmitted over the network to the SOC to an ObjectVideo VEW system for intelligent video analysis and to the DVTel Latitude NVMS for monitoring and recording.
The project represents collaboration and integration among systems and equipment provided by DVTel, Lenel, ObjectVideo, StorageTek, FLIR, and Bosch. Mel Becena likes what he sees, “DVTel is a true network-based system, so there was no need to put DVRs all around the port. DVTel's integration with ObjectVideo gives us the performance we need to meet our complex security threats all at a significant savings over the original design.” Not only did the port save substantial money, the DVTel solution is significantly more manageable and scalable than what had first been planned. Read more
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC) serves the City of Springfield, and the communities of Ludlow, Agawam, Longmeadow, and East Longmeadow in Massachusetts. Post-9/11, the SWSC sought a more effective means to ensure protection of the water supply for the more than 250,000 people in these communities. While there has been a much sharper focus on better protecting water supplies, at the same time, advances in security technology offer organizations cost-effective choices to take advantage of leveraging their networks, better camera images, and integration potential.
The iSOC system employs various motion and other sensory alarms, as well as audio on a number of the cameras so operators can speak directly to trespassers. The iSOC integration with the intercom function is especially helpful so that security personnel can “interact” real time with any intruders and give warnings or simply make contact to let the intruder know they are under surveillance. This flexibility in installation and the integration potential are hallmarks of the iSOC platform.
The iSOC provided the SWSC with a number of unique benefits that directly addressed their demands:
• Real flexibility in installation, connecting several types of cameras with encoder technology and utilizing a number of different connection technologies, including wireless, to bring all cameras onto the network.
• Real-time, remote monitoring and real-time audio response with integrated intercom function, so no personnel are needed on-site.
• Self-contained system requiring no personnel on-site has resulted in substantial saving to Commission in not needed to hire contract security personnel to patrol reservoir.
• Wireless control of some cameras and audio also enables remote control of reservoir gates for maintenance access improving staff productivity.
• Operators work at a fairly basic level and various integrated alarms pop video to demand attention, making it very simple for the operator to know what to respond to and enabling audio intervention with the intruder.
• The iSOC scales easily to accommodate future expansion of camera number and intercom capabilities.
• The new iSOC V5 now has seamless “unification” with advanced, IP-based access control to enable future expansion and greater control of access security.