Navigating the Great Outdoors
Have you ever wondered how people get away with filling their car’s gasoline tanks with and then driving off without paying? Joe Fryar, director of security for K-VA-T Food Stores, catches those gasoline thieves. K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. is a supermarket chain with fuel centers operating in three states under the name Food City and Super Dollar.
Fryar and his staff use megapixel cameras outside of the stores to cover large areas with fewer cameras and have better video on incidents. “With our IP cameras we can better identify suspects in incidents,” he says. “We have solved numerous car burglaries and parking lot purse thefts because of the increased video clarity. On one incident we had a pharmacy robbery and the vehicle drove under our IP camera giving us a clear shot of the vehicle tag area. We also use IP cameras at our fuel centers, which allows us to have good video of the customer transaction, including the vehicle tag numbers for fuel drive offs.
BLUE LIGHT SPECIALBob Wachowski, director of public safety for DePaul University, believes in deterrence as the best method, with outdoor emergency phone towers spread throughout the college’s campus and parking garages. Founded in 1898, DePaul University is the largest private institution in Chicago, with more than 23,000 students.
Wachowski recently updated the college’s analog emergency communications to an IP solution, including voice-over-IP emergency phones and mass notification software, which helps him issue targeted alerts to any part of the campus. Wachowski also recently installed LED blue lights on 90 existing emergency phone towers. “You can see them from about everywhere you are on campus. They help our students feel safe and they are a great deterrent to crime,” he says.
SEEING AT NIGHTMost people think of that long security line at most airports. But the security of an airport extends outdoors as well, including at Copenhagen Airport, which is the biggest airport in Scandinavia – more than 20.9 million passengers passed through the airport in 2009. The airport has 4.7 miles of real estate within its 11 1/2 miles of perimeter fence. Besides surveillance cameras, more than 700 security staff members patrol the airport, on foot and in vehicles, all hours of the day and night.
“Although we are meticulously monitoring the entire airport, we are especially concentrating on the Critical part of our Security Restricted Area (CSRA),” says Frank Christensen, head of the Copenhagen Airport Security Operations Center. Nothing can enter or leave the CSRA without the Security Operations Center knowing about it. “We have 108 airplane stands. It is a huge area to monitor.”
Enhanced Video Analytics: A Better Way to Solve the Perimeter Challenges for Today’s Critical Infrastructure CustomersThe Challenge:
Most critical infrastructure organizations face a heightened-sense of security awareness due to the inherent nature of their risk profiles. These facilities are targets for terrorism, both foreign and domestic, and in most every case, have very unique security challenges. They are typically large facilities that cover a wide geographic area and their perimeters are often measured in miles. Furthermore, the terrain surrounding these sites varies drastically and often includes large bodies of water. Taking these factors into consideration, it becomes clear how it can be virtually impossible for security personnel to maintain constant coverage and control of the entire perimeter with traditional measures like fencing and security video cameras.
Intelligent video surveillance technologies are a viable method for helping security personnel maintain coverage and control over wider areas of geographic territory. Broadly speaking, intelligent video systems, or IVS, refers to the use of software-based algorithms to apply structure to unstructured video data, providing the user with actionable intelligence based upon a set of user-specified rules or policies. There are several popular terms to describe these capabilities including video analytics, video content analysis and automated video surveillance. These technologies are more sophisticated than simple video motion detection, which is a common feature in many of today’s surveillance systems.
IVS technologies vary in features and sophistication depending on the vendor but they typically offer scenario-based object identification, limited behavior recognition and rules-based detection for humans or vehicles. Most IVS software manufactured today provides capabilities to mask or ignore areas of a camera’s field of view to reduce false alarms in problematic environmental areas or where there is limited risk. In addition, most offer easy integration to other sensor technologies including fence sensors, ground-based radar and water-based sonar systems.
All of these enhancements and improvements provide users with additional layers of security and therefore, a comprehensive security technology package.
Thanks to Rob Hile, director, segment head, integrated security solutions for Siemens Building Technologies for the information.
Tech PartnersDePaul University updated its analog emergency communications to an IP solution from Talk A Phone, including voice-over-IP emergency phones and mass notification software and LED Blue Lights for its emergency call towers.
Franklin & Marshall College is using 20 Bosch AutoDome Modular Cameras.
Come on Down!That’s what Ernie Boch says with much vigor and enthusiasm. “Come on Down!” is the official slogan of Boch and his established and popular car dealership in Norwood, Mass., that serves the greater Boston, state of Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas.
The problem was that the wrong people were “coming down,” or entering Boch’s massive car lot: thieves were climbing over the fence and stealing parts from cars. The sheer size of the area makes it difficult to protect. Boch set up six Videofied outdoor motion viewers mounted on bucket cans with the help of integrator Black Lab Alarm and since has seen a 90-percent reduction in thefts. The best part: they work in rain, sleet, heat, snow, wind and other conditions. And because the system is wireless, it can be deployed and redeployed as needed.
“The thieves are getting smarter and our job is to fight them with technology because that’s the only way that we’re going to win,” Boch says. He appreciates the time he and his staff are no longer spending on investigating the thefts, because now they are preventing them. “What can’t be measured is the time it takes to handle the situations that happened,” he says. “We used to spend thousands of dollars of man hours handling situations, in addition to the cost and time spent replacing the parts that were stolen. The cost of doing something is way less than not doing anything.”