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Thermal vision to ensure airport security
20 Apr '15
Technoserv, a large Russian systems integrator, has announced the launch of its all-round thermal vision/video surveillance system to ensure security at the airport of Cherepovets, a city in the Vologda region in Northwest Russia.
The project customer is Severstal Air Company, the Cherepovets airport operator and an air transportation arm of Severstal, one of Russia’s largest metallurgical companies.
During testing, the all-round thermal vision surveillance system called “Filin” operated 24/7 to automatically identify and trace human objects within an impressive 1,100-1,200 meter range and transportation vehicles within 1,500 meters. The new system is said to enable users to establish a virtual guarded zone and apply thermal vision or audio imaging to automatically detecting trespassers both on the ground and off shore in natural conditions that typically impede surveillance, such as thick fogs, bushy vegetation, dusk, insects appearing in front of a camera, blinding car headlights, etc.
Objects which the Filin detects are displayed on a real time basis on an “alert” operator screen. An operator is enabled to watch video records partially or in full both prior to and after a trespasser is tracked down, and choose an option for action from a list generated by the system.
“The efficacy of conventional video and thermal vision surveillance systems is dependent to a great extent on the human factor. According to statistics, after 20 minutes of watching screens an operator starts missing as many as 80% of registered movements; therefore, adding more cameras just doesn’t really solve the problem of trespassing. To address the issue, video analytics systems are coming, including those based on thermal vision technology,” said Boris Borodyansky, who heads the business development department at Technoserv for Russia and the former Soviet Union, in a comment on the latest development.