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Sea-Tac Protects With Genetec Omnicast

The system consists of hundreds of existing analog cameras from vendors including Bosch, Panasonic and Pelco that are IP-enabled with encoders.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has completed installation of Genetec’s Omnicast IP video surveillance as part of a major video system upgrade. With more than 30 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, Sea-Tac, a division of the Port of Seattle, was looking to upgrade its six disparate and analog-based video surveillance systems with one fully merged IP-based solution.

Terminal 3 at Sea-Tac (Photo Courtesy Port of Seattle) Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, an Indiana-based security and IT integrator, suggested Omnicast for its open-architecture so Sea-Tac could leverage existing hardware and infrastructure investments.

The entire system to date consists of hundreds of existing analog cameras from vendors including Bosch, Panasonic and Pelco that are IP-enabled with encoders. Sea-Tac also opted for Pivot3 Serverless Computing storage, archiving recorded video on 11 virtual servers as well as an additional nine physical servers, which support Omnicast’s directory and failover archiving.

With the ability in Omnicast to pre-set recording resolutions of all cameras, and Pivot3’s cloud computing servers, Sea-Tac realized huge storage-space savings and a reduction in their energy consumption.

“The Port of Seattle has an initiative to be the greenest port authority in the country,” says Chris Evans, Electronic Systems Foreman with System Administrator responsibilities for the Physical Security Systems at Sea-Tac Airport. “With the Genetec-Pivot3 solution, we have been able to reduce the amount of equipment in our main equipment room by 80 percent. It’s been pretty amazing!”

Other features of Omnicast, such as its user-friendliness and support for virtual matrix functionality, have been advantages to Sea-Tac. Operators have warmed to the system easily and this has allowed administrators to focus on implementing more back-end processes that will streamline operations. Similarly, moving from a hardware matrix to virtual matrix allows Omnicast’s Live Viewer to drive the video wall display where operators can monitor pre-programmed event-alarms for more efficient decision-making.

The open architecture and advanced software development kit of the Omnicast system also helped Sea-Tac fully integrate the IP video surveillance system to a third-party access control solution, as well as to an internal application that provides situational awareness to key managers at the airport.

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