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AUG-SEP 2018

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August/September 2018 airportbusiness 31 TECHNOLOGY necessarily have to be in the facility to monitor events at the airport. Top executives can access live camera feeds on their mobile devices using a mobile client accessible through a VPN. With mobile video monitoring, security and operations teams alike can have video system access from their tablets or smartphones for situational awareness, and technicians use mobile access for troubleshooting or checking and adjusting camera settings and positioning. Open Platform Design Enlisting multiple camera models and legacy equipment to meet these new challenges would not be possible without an open, adaptable system for networked video management. It no longer makes sense to have the disparate systems of yore. There’s technology available, like service-oriented architecture, where data can be managed from a central location but distributed to multiple sites and systems for various uses. Many airports around the world have selected an open platform for its flexibility to operate with multiple third-party solutions. It’s is compatible with more than 6,000 security and surveillance devices from more than 150 manufacturers. Alliance partners include providers of network video cameras, encoders, DVRs and NVRs, storage equipment, alarm and detection systems, video analytics, GPS technology, laser scanners, emergency call boxes and much more. Planning for Expansion into the Cloud Since adopting Milestone video management software several years ago, one of our airport customers is now replacing older analog video monitors with advanced workstations for their new terminal displays. That security team is also converting the airport’s analog cameras to IP-based digital cameras, and moving video storage to the cloud. Several potential improvements in airport operations can be identified to justify such an investment, including more cost-effective use of video analytics to monitor crowds and dispatch ground transportation more efficiently. New license plate recognition technology can replace a parking vendor’s aging system, opening the possibility of managing access for valet drivers taking vehicles off-site for cleaning and oil changes, generating another revenue stream for the airport. On the public-safety front, analytics can help spot security threats like oversized trucks among the millions of vehicle trips recorded at an airport annually. The needs of different airport departments will continue to evolve, which can be met by a philosophy that is as much about operations and service as it is about IT. The cameras may look the same as in recent years, but what they accomplish can be shaped by open platform software to the future demands of airports, through new ways to manage and add to their data. As one airport’s IT manager summed up the situation, “I see this new approach as a way to grow our technology presence and help solve problems by building with a focus on multi-purpose solutions. And with open platform video management, we’re very excited about the future.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR Courtney Pederson Courtney Pedersen is the corporate communications manager at Milestone Systems. EXCELLENCE IN AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE TOP LEFT: Los Angeles International Airport — United Terminals 7 and 8 TOP RIGHT: Fort Lauderdale International Airport — Runway 10R/28L BOTTOM: Bermuda International Airport Laddie Irion National Aviation Market Sector Leader (813) 498-5125 The HNTB Companies Infrastructure Solutions

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