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U.K.’s Largest Port Operator Taps Avigilon HD Systems

It lets the ports leverage their existing systems.

The Ports of Grimsby and Immingham in the United Kingdom are now under surveillance by a high-definition system from Avigilon, leveraging the facilities’ existing hardware.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Avigilon said Associated British Ports, the UK’s largest port operator and leading cruise port operator, has deployed its security gear to comply with regulations and promote efficiency.

“The Avigilon HD Surveillance System allows us to monitor the entire port operations—from loading ships to crane operations—from a centralized location to ensure port security, employee safety, and productivity,” said Michael Howarth, IT Infrastructure Manager for the Humber-area ports at Associated British Ports. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System is versatile and flexible enough to support hardware from many vendors—including analog cameras—and can leverage our existing network for a more cost-effective and powerful surveillance solution.”

ABP uses Avigilon Control Center NVMS with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) to manage the system. At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11-MP Avigilon HD cameras to monitor vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate detail; and one 3-MP unit for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Six 5-MP Avigilon cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through, and to ensure that there are no obstructions.

All six 5-MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live. At the Immingham Bulk Park Terminal, four Avigilon analog video encoders are used to integrate a new analog PTZ camera and existing analog cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for greater performance and manageability. Four 1-MP cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weighbridges, where cargo is weighed. Four Avigilon NVRs record and store 30 days of continuous footage.

By leveraging its existing network infrastructure, ABP was able to reduce installation time and costs. ABP has also been able to centralize several processes, including weighbridge and lockgate operations, which can now be managed remotely in conjunction with the surveillance system. As a result, ABP has reduced the need for operational staff at each location. And, the scalable solution can expand to meet future needs.

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