As a full-range supplier in the field of business aviation, Nuremberg-based Aero-Dienst also demands the highest standards when it comes to security. That is why it is using a new video surveillance concept: Modern multifocal sensor systems ensure the security of all four of its hangars including the outdoor areas.
Aero-Dienst has provided its customers with an extensive range of services in business-related aviation for over 50 years. This includes maintenance and operation as well as purchase, sales and management of business jets. Almost 300 employees look after the special requirements of their customers. Here too, the question of security is important. “We afford our customers the highest level of security when they entrust us with the care of their jets,” declares MD Martin Bauer.
Accordingly, Aero-Dienst was searching for a video surveillance system that would meet its needs – and was leaving nothing to chance in the process. A number of providers were reviewed, and no less than three test installations including cameras from various manufacturers were tried. But none of the test configurations satisfied the Nuremberg company’s requirements. “Until we saw the Panomera from Dallmeier. This approach was really impressive,” says Bauer.
A patent solution
Panomera is a multifocal sensor system. It is not only powerful, it has also been patented because it is unlike any other system currently available. Unlike conventional HD and megapixel cameras, which only have one lens, Panomera functions with multiple lenses, each of which has a different focal length. With this novel sensor concept, surveillance can be ensured even for extremely large areas at the highest possible resolution to the farthest background of the area of coverage.
Two Panomera systems were installed in each hangar, in opposite corners of the structure. In order to be able to cover all possible angles, a high-resolution HD camera was mounted in each of the other two corners. “We can have a total overview of the entire hall with no omissions using just four cameras. That is an area of well over 1 300 m²,” explains Roland Meier, the team leader for Panomera Multifocal Sensor Systems at Dallmeier. All four hangars will be subject to surveillance in this way.
The images are recorded in highest resolution and stored for up to 90 days on video servers by Dallmeier. This will enable any incidents that occur to be reproduced and investigated.
Andreas Bengelstorff, head of security/buildings, is satisfied: “There really is not a single blind spot that we can’t see anywhere in the halls. This means that we can offer our customers the most comprehensive security possible. We also have a much better view, which will help us to optimise our own processes and workflows.”
More details, less cost
The high resolution is not the only advantage that comes with the Dallmeier solution. “The other offers that were submitted in response to our call for tender specified the use of at least 14, or even 18 cameras in order to provide coverage of the area for which we now need just four cameras,” relates Bengelstorff. He adds: “So we also only need four installation locations, not 18. That represents an enormous saving in terms of installation, infrastructure and maintenance. Ultimately, we have decided on the solution that is not only technologically unrivalled, but also the most cost-effective.”
Good images even at night
Besides the service hangars, the outside areas are also protected reliably by two Panomera systems covering 10 000 m².
Besides the multifocal sensor systems, HD cameras with integral IR lighting are also installed to capture the best possible images at night as well. The IR cameras from Dallmeier also have a unique feature: In contrast to conventional IR cameras, which have many small LEDs arranged in a ring around the lens, Dallmeier IR cameras have three large, high-powered LEDs. These endow the IR cameras with very high spotlight power and homogeneous illumination even in the peripheral areas.
“In addition, we have been able to integrate existing cameras in the outdoor area in the new system”, adds Meier.
The system has already proven itself in practice, and has run faultlessly since it was commissioned. Bengelstorff is satisfied: “Not only are the products great, customer support is excellent as well. This just confirms our belief that we made the right choice.”
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