Alcatel-Lucent will equip Munich Airport with a fully IP/MPLS-based video surveillance solution.
The closed-circuit television (CCTV) system with an initial total of 800 IP cameras from various manufacturers is scalable and highly available, and will provide various user groups such as the airport’s security, traffic control and fire department with access governed by precise priority assignments. This will ensure that the user group with the greatest need for information can access all relevant video images.
Replacing the previous analog system with a fully IP-based solution will improve the security of Germany’s second-largest airport in many areas. With the new system, user groups can be assigned different priorities. The technology also supports the CCTV system’s interaction with application software related to airport operations and existing security technology such as smoke detectors and burglar alarms. This will ensure that security or rescue personnel and other operational units have instant access to relevant video images of situations as they occur, permitting responses to be planned and executed with greater efficiency.
A further advantage of the new security architecture is the support for cameras from different manufacturers provided by its flexible interfaces. Munich Airport can thus select the best possible camera hardware for specific purposes and locations. Alcatel-Lucent will be delivering and integrating the Aimetis Symphonyä video management solution to accommodate existing and new cameras in a flexible multi-vendor solution.
As the network integrator, Alcatel-Lucent will be linking the video surveillance solution to other systems relevant to our operations such as fire alarm, security and traffic management systems, as well as security and rescue control centers. In practice, that means that a triggered smoke detector would automatically put the closest available camera through to the dispatcher of the fire brigade for a first-hand impression of the situation. Automated systems can also provide early detection of certain actions. An alarm can be triggered and security personnel provided with video images whenever an unauthorized person enters a security-relevant area or other unusual situations occur that may jeopardize operations.
“We are delighted by the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise as system integrators to Munich Airport. Our goal is to meet the highest standards of flexibility, security and availability,” said Alf Henryk Wulf, chairman of the management board of Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland in Germany, noting the extensive experience the company gained in airport projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as its work for Deutsche Bahn AG. For Deutsche Bahn, the company equipped the Berlin S-Bahn light railway with the world’s first complete CCTV video management system based on an Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS communication network for public-transport enterprises.