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Christoph Greis

Airport Focus talks to Christoph Kreis, Sales Manager for Dallmeier about the newest trends in airport surveillance technology

What do you see as the major security challenges for airports these days? The very nature of airports as places where large masses of people convene on a daily basis raises a range of safety and security issues, such as thefts in retail or people straying into restricted access areas. In light of recent terrorist attacks on airports and intrusions onto aprons close to parked aircraft, the prevention of unauthorised access as well as the early detection of suspicious activities are certainly the most pressing security challenges for airport operators. Meeting those challenges must be reconciled with operational requirements, such as time-efficient check-ins. The good news is that video technology can be of great assistance here. For example, suspicious objects or persons can be tracked and staff are alerted of sudden behavioural changes or access violations.

What is your take on the technological evolution of security systems, and how can airports benefit from that? Video surveillance in general has changed dramatically over the past ten years or so. Even the term surveillance is becoming increasingly obsolete, as it appears too limited to capture what can be achieved by using video technology. We are answering the changing needs with our patented multifocal sensor technology Panomera®. It was specially developed for the all-encompassing video surveillance of expansive areas. Using Panomera®, it is possible to cover huge widths, as well as areas with large distances with a completely new resolution quality. One Panomera® equipped with eight sensors is sufficient to replace up to 35 standard megapixel cameras.

How does Dallmeier address the needs of airport operators? Dallmeier offers comprehensive security solutions for all areas of application around airports. A wide range of systems, including the Panomera® technology as well as high-performance cameras, enables customers to tackle all of their safety and security challenges and to comply fully with operational and regulatory requirements. Additionally, Dallmeier supplies video management solutions that allow the video data to be analysed with a view to optimising business processes such as ground handling operations. In short, we are able to provide cost-efficient, scalable system solutions covering everything from landside and airside monitoring to business operations.

Do you see strong demand for integrating new systems into existing ones? And how much do financial margins affect airport security? Video information systems need to be able to operate in conjunction with other systems, including access control or building management systems. It is very important to ensure a high degree of compatibility when offering comprehensive video solutions. 4By offering solutions that integrate seamlessly into existing systems, we help operators meet requirements, while keeping within budgets. That is particularly important for smaller airports who operate on a reduced scale yet face the same challenges as large airports.

How will airport security evolve and how is Dallmeier preparing for future demands? The volumes of data captured by video systems will continue to increase. One reason for that is the convergence of security applications and business intelligence. That is why Dallmeier has been developing video management as well as analysis software, which makes work easier for operators, and supplies specific information as it becomes relevant. We believe that the switch from conventional passive surveillance to proactive video monitoring is the right way to enhance security everywhere, including airports.

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