Airport security and logistic challenges
Airports all around the world are under constant stress because of strict time schedules. Air traffic is continuously increasing that also generates a busy ground support service.
Furthermore airports have to deal with serious security issues as they are permanently exposed to external and internal threats.
In such environments even the smallest mistake can lead to a fatal incident, so it is essential to effectively monitor all areas of an airport and react fast with well organized steps in stressed situations.
The aim of the Logipix Airport Video Surveillance solution
Logipix developed an end-to-end multi-purpose solution that is able to aid the ground support and aircraft logistics and also help security staff in protecting passengers, staff and assets in all airport areas.
Preventing accidents or any kind of criminal activity is ensured as operators of different airport departments can see and quickly react to critical situations.
Hardware & software components
Logipix Airport Video Monitoring components
- Logipix 200 MP Panorama cameras with 20 FPS
- Logipix ONE 20 MP cameras with 20 FPS
- Logipix IR Flash 500Wh
- Logipix 6 MP PTZ cameras
- Logipix Long Range PTZ 5 km
- Logipix Network Video Recorder
- Logipix Airport Video Server Software package
- Logipix GPS Positioning interface
- Logipix Airport Video Client
- Logipix Airport Video Wall Client
Features & functions
- Real-time monitoring with full resolution images
- Panoramic images with image synchronization and white balance correction
- Windowless ramp control
- VCA and GPS based object tracking
- Tagging and labeling
- Virtual layers and User notes
- Fast evidence search and archive playback functions
- License plate detection
- Interface for ANPR
- Interface for customer-managed lists (blacklist, whitelist, etc.)
- JPEG2000 compression standard
- Unique PTZ control functions
- ePTZ function
- PPM expansion
Seeing more with less cameras
One key component of the solution is the 200 MP Logipix Panorama cameras. With these cameras vast areas can be monitored from a single viewpoint, so operators get a clear view of the entire monitored area. Logipix panoramic technology makes it possible to geometrically stitch images of individual sensors that are built-in the Panorama camera house. The images are taken synchronized which exclude the possibility of duplicated or hidden objects. White balance correction smoothens the color gradient between the images.
The easy-to-handle large panoramic images provide a full coverage without installing thousands of traditional security cameras, therefore the system implementation is time and cost-effective. Operators can quickly scan through the whole monitored area, they do not need to split their focus between a loads of camera images. With Logipix less cameras are needed to cover the entire airport.
20 MP single sensor box cameras, 6 MP PTZ cameras and 5 km Long range PTZ cameras are also used for monitoring.
The PTZ cameras can work together with the Panorama cameras, and can be controlled easily by selecting the area of interest on the panoramic images. Operators can also control the PTZ cameras by clicking on the required area of an associated map or using the mouse controlled joystick emulation function. The Airport Video Client also provides automatic PTZ tours with a repeating camera cycle, or with random, predefined positions and time intervals so camera movements are unpredictable for people.
Getting more details
Logipix ePTZ function is an automatic zoom function. Areas can be defined within the panoramic image and for configured trigger events the defined areas appear on the monitor profiles in special zoom windows.
Logipix developed the PPM expansion function that can be very useful in airport security. There are always priority areas within a monitored environment. A Logipix ONE camera can be set with a high PPM value that allows operators to observe areas at even higher resolution.
Aiding airport logistics
The Logipix Airport Video Monitoring solution greatly facilitates the logistic tasks of aircraft and Ground Support Equipment.
The system visually covers the entire airside area by using 200 MP Panorama and 6 MP PTZ cameras. All the moving objects can be clearly identified and tracked using advanced VCA. Beside providing enormous image resolution, and hardware driven VCA, the Logipix system features several intelligent functions that help the operators.
Windowless Ramp Control
Logipix solution supports an expeditious management of aircraft on the ground and Ground Support Equipment around the aircraft. Panorama cameras with hundreds of megapixels create a new base for observation. Instead of looking through a window with their naked eyes or with binoculars, operators watch high resolution images on a video wall and on monitors at their workstations.
Airplanes and Ground Support Equipment can be easily tracked in the entire airside area even in low-lighting and bad weather conditions, and also at night. Aircraft movement can be monitored from the moment of landing until its next take off. The system features VCA based object recognition and also able to interoperate with the A-SMGCS that provides GPS coordinates and other information of moving objects. The received information are then matched with the VCA-recognized objects in the panoramic images.
This way the system is able to realize GPS-based object labeling. Namely the aircraft registration numbers, call signs, destination information and IDs of ground support vehicles equipped with GPS position transponders can be displayed with the camera images.
Virtual layers can be drawn on the panoramic images. They can either be predefined (eg. outline of a parking position) or dynamically added (eg. temporarily closed areas). Layers can be private or visible for all operators.
User notes can also be recorded on the video display for instance to list which services have been done already on an airplane.
Airfield Operation Control
The 200 MP Panorama camera provides real-time, high-resolution visual information of the airfield and supports all maintenance works. Operators can use the advanced zoom functions of the Airport Video Client, this way they can observe the entire area, as if they were using binoculars.
Images can be tagged by operators to make search easier in case of archive playback. In case of any negligence or accident the situation can be investigated watching the quality archive footage. For instance, if a small damage has been discovered on the airplane during maintenance service, details of the case can be brought to light using the high-resolution images. Any frame of the stored video stream may ensure an irrefutable visual evidence.
One system for several departments
The Logipix Airport Video Monitoring solution is able to serve several departments. It can transfer the pictures to various places, this way for instance security, fire departments or disaster recovery services can log in at the same time and retrieve the high resolution images.
Security Video Surveillance Areas
Main access roads
The Logipix Airport Video Surveillance solution covers the road leading to the airport and its entire area with high-resolution images, ensuring a safe environment 24/7. Combining 20 MP Logipix ONE cameras, license plate detection by VCA and ANPR make it possible to filter out blacklisted vehicles already on the main access road.
Operators can observe parking lots watching single panoramic images. They can also get detailed images relying on the high resolution and the optical zoom capabilities of the Logipix 6 MP PTZ. If any large objects, like trees hide parts of the observed parking lot, additional Logipix ONE cameras can be used to cover the missing areas.
Once entering the terminals, operators monitor passenger actions and movements throughout the airport building with high-resolution fixed and PTZ cameras. Several monitor profiles and preconfigured virtual camera tours help the operators to conveniently follow the natural, most probable flow of people.
Logipix Panorama and PTZ cameras at the apron are also suitable for security video surveillance beside serving logistic tasks. Logipix Panorama provides an expanded, clear view for operators of the entire monitored area. They are able to spot thefts or any other suspicious activities around aircraft.
The Logipix solution also protects airports from perimeter intrusion. Integration with a 3rd-party Perimeter Intrusion Detection System makes it possible to receive intrusion alarm signs. The signal triggers the Logipix PTZ that automatically zooms on the exact alarmed area. With the help of the embedded motion detection function, the PTZ camera is able to precisely track the motion of the detected intruder. The PTZ also features focus tracking. This way the operators can easily follow the situation and they can react fast and effectively.
The main advantages
Multi-purpose system – The Logipix solution ensures security at both landside and airside areas at an airport, while it also helps the ground support equipment and aircraft logistics.
Meeting the needs of individual airports – Our engineers consider the specific structure and characteristics of different airports to best adapt the system for all situations.
Serving multiple airport departments – The Logipix system can be used by different departments for different kind of tasks at the same time.
High quality footage – The Logipix cameras provide large panoramic images that help operators to effectively track all movements at the airport.
Windowless ramp control – The Logipix Airport Video Monitoring solution provides computer vision technologies that make the observation more effective.
Informative video monitor – Moving vehicles at the airside that have GPS transponders can be labeled, showing several IDs and information.
Cost-effectiveness – Less devices are needed, keeping installation and maintenance costs significantly low.
Bandwidth-effectiveness – The solution uses the scalable JPEG2000 image compression.
Strength and reliability – Logipix products are full metal constructions, not containing any plastic parts. All the cameras and the Network Video Recorders are designed for a long-term operation even in extreme weather conditions.