Sydney Airport goes digital

November 2001 Surveillance

The year 2000 saw a record number of people use the facilities of Sydney Airport's (Kingsford Smith) international terminal, with some 45 000 international passengers processed in a single day during the Olympic period. With so many making use of the nation's premier gateway, this world-class facility has been the focus of a comprehensive upgrade aimed at meeting the traffic needs of Sydney Airport well into the next century.

The upgrade project, Sydney Airport 2000, transformed the international terminal, improving total passenger throughput from 4560 per hour to more than 7000 per hour, ensuring that the terminal will continue to cope with Sydney's popularity as one of the world's most scenic and inviting tourist destinations.

Total security

Honeywell's Digital Video Manager is a leading edge CCTV solution with Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) which has been installed at the site since 1999 and is used as the integration platform for Sydney Airport's total security, access control and surveillance systems. This site was the first in Australia to implement this locally developed, networked integrated CCTV solution.

Fully scalable

The Sydney Airport security system employs in excess of 100 cameras to monitor areas such as check-in counters, carparks and general traffic areas. Camera information is digitised locally then communicated through all parts of the airport using an ATM network. Digital Video Manager's scalable nature allows for cameras to be added and moved around the location with ease. Security operators are able to view images and control cameras' PTZ functions from multiple locations at the click of a mouse, enabling them to have a full view of activity taking place within the airport and to take action as and when required.

"Honeywell DVM eliminates the need for rows of surveillance videos and saves hours of endless searching for the tape required," explains Lewis. "We are able to specify how long images remain available on the video server, then write to formats such as DAT tapes and CDs for long-term archiving. The storage capacity is vastly improved.

"Meeting and exceeding the high standards of security expected at the airport is a constant challenge," says Lewis. "We must maintain leading edge technologies that deliver information that is easier to use and faster to obtain, constantly keeping ahead of the security requirements that ensure the physical safety of both humans and property - leveraging new technologies frees up valuable time to concentrate on our core business and ensuring the effectiveness of our security operations."

For further details contact Honeywell SA/AST on tel: (016) 889 6116.

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