Christoph Kreis, Sales Manager, Dallmeier, interviewed by Ross Falconer.
Perimeter protection is, of course, a top security priority for airport operators. A number of recent incidents involving unauthorised access onto airfields have highlighted the need to ensure that airport perimeters are effectively monitored.
“It is important to be able to use a video system to track an intruder, but the ultimate goal is to prevent an intrusion in the first place,” says Christoph Kreis, Sales Manager, Dallmeier. “IR (infrared) cameras are a key component of any video security system that must provide around-the-clock monitoring capabilities.”
Another crucial consideration is ensuring that video security solutions are future-proof. “Owing to the open system architecture of the Dallmeier solutions, the video system remains flexible and scalable. Future expansions or modifications are easily possible. Hence the solutions by Dallmeier offer long-term investment protection,” Kreis explains. “Dallmeier is always working to further improve existing products, as well as developing new technologies. While some of our developments are focused on certain application areas, it is our philosophy to address the needs of customers by relying on our collective experience and expertise, and to provide them with customised complete solutions based on our entire product range.”
Evolving technology will see video security systems become even larger, more interconnected, and increasingly automated. “We listen closely to what customers, including airports, need and provide them with practical solutions. In anticipation of market needs, Dallmeier has repeatedly introduced ground-breaking technologies and will continue developing innovative products, such as our Panomera multi-focal sensor technology,” says Kreis.
Panomera was specially developed for the all-encompassing video surveillance of expansive areas. With Panomera, huge widths, as well as areas with large distances, can be displayed with a high resolution quality, in real time and at high frame rates of up to 30 frames per second. A significant area can be surveyed from a single location and, depending on the customer’s needs, the resolution can be scaled nearly limitlessly. For example, one Panomera system equipped with eight sensors is said to be sufficient to replace up to 35 standard megapixel cameras.
“So, we are also offering a cost-efficient video security solution,” says Kreis. “Now, considering that airports typically do cover large areas, the ability to clearly recognise and identify objects even over long distances – for example, from the apron down the runway – is an intriguing proposition for operators.
Even more so, as Dallmeier complements its monitoring systems with high-performance and user-friendly video management and analysis tools. Those are becoming increasingly important in regard to optimising key performance indicators, such as turnaround times.”
In conjunction with intelligent video analysis and management systems, the monitoring of all landside and airside areas contributes significantly to the overall safety and security of visitors and passengers, as well as maintaining smooth operations across the airport. It, therefore, appears clear that proactive video monitoring, rather than passive surveillance, is the way forward across different industries, including airports.