Airports and seaports remain high on the list of potential terrorist targets. In recent months, attacks at airports in Brussels, Istanbul and Fort Lauderdale have claimed the lives of more than 80 people and injured more than 500.

While it may be impossible to prevent every attack, comprehensive security systems that include video surveillance, along with other elements, offer the best chance to reduce the risk of such attacks and to support the official response to incidents in these areas.

Airports and seaports present many inherent security challenges above and beyond the typical baggage and passenger screening functions that are familiar to travelers. Compared to other secure areas, such as office buildings, they are geographically large and spread-out, have a mixture of public and private areas, and have vast numbers of vehicles, workers, and visitors moving about the property. Securing and protecting the overall facility requires a comprehensive security system made up of many layered elements from fencing and gates to access control, intrusion detection and much more. There is no question that video is an essential element of any port security system, and by far the best way to achieve wide area surveillance while closely monitoring high-interest locations such as entry gates and other sensitive areas.

Thus, video surveillance technology plays an integral role in every airport or seaport’s multi-disciplined security strategy. It augments the observations of security personnel and enables operators to effectively engage in real-time monitoring and situation management while supporting investigative and forensic needs. In particular, an open platform approach provides the ability to integrate to  third-party systems, allowing organizations to benefit from other best-in-class technologies to promote a stronger security posture and support a coordinated emergency response when necessary.

For example, video solutions that include a combination of Sarix™ Enhanced Next Generation Cameras, Optera™ Panoramic Cameras and VideoXpert™ Video Management System (VMS) from Pelco provide airport and seaport officials the highest quality picture and analysis of valuable video data. VideoXpert is an open platform that allows airport and seaport security professionals to control their surveillance system with confidence. It’s user-friendly and intuitive,  displaying critical security and video data together to help officials make quick, effective decisions. VideoXpert easily integrates  to third-party hardware and software systems  for a custom tailored best-in-class solution to meet the needs of airport and seaport facilities.

Sarix Enhanced Next Generation cameras deliver the low-light performance and resolution required when nothing but the best will do. Their WDR performance ensures high quality imaging even in highly contrasted scenes and in shaded areas often found in airports and seaports. Optera panoramic cameras deliver seamless images that surround you with 360°, 270° or 180° Panomersive views to deliver superior situational awareness. Both live and recorded images can be digitally panned and zoomed to closely view areas of interest, while the cameras continuously record wide area views to ensure that wide area surveillance coverage is always maintained.

Unfortunately, threats to our airports and seaports are not going away any time soon, which continues to heighten the need for video surveillance technology solutions that capture better images and data. Whether it is spotting a fence jumper or detecting a potential threat inside a passenger terminal, video surveillance provides actionable intelligence airport and seaport security professionals can rely upon.