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NICE Systems Lands at Reagan National Airport

The changes will help the facility with its migration from an analog world to an IP-based, higher-resolution environment.

Reagan National Airport, just outside Washington, D.C., has a unique view on aviation security. It’s just seconds of flying time away from the Pentagon and other high-profile structures; and it’s a favorite of members of Congress, who can scramble there in just minutes from Capitol Hill to fly home.

Now, the airport is undergoing a security overhaul. The changes, invisible to the general flying public, will involve solutions from Israel-based NICE Systems to help the facility with its migration from an analog world to an IP-based, higher-resolution environment. Most of the security cameras at National airport have been analog up to this point, but it plans to move completely to higher-resolution IP cams.

Moti Shabtai, NICE Systems executive vice president of business development and strategy, said NICE servers can do recording and up to 36 analytics functions on a single unit. Without revealing operational details, he said the new equipment from NICE will help the airport get the best resolution from its existing analog cameras, and provide better management of the video. Some of the functions at National Airport include perimeter protection, vehicle detection and unattended baggage detection.

The solution is part of the NICE security offering which enables the capture of security, safety and operational data from multiple sensors and systems, including audio, video, radio, the Web, and more. It provides a framework for fusing data silos into a single, holistic view

NICE’s service-oriented approach involves a video analytics specialist working closely with customers and predicting performance (including detection capability, false alarm rate, and more). After the qualification and prediction stages, the company performs the implementation and configuration, and then follows up with performance audits. Its open architecture means it works well with a variety of systems including a customer’s existing IT infrastructure. The company can provide a hardware/software solution or just the software.

The project is being funded through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s Advanced Surveillance Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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