DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH uses automated video analysis
Calm and relaxed – not the usual sort of demeanour for the security managers of important organisations. There’s always that fear of having overlooked a loophole or failing to recognise a new ploy by a terrorist. The sudden collapse of normality: Jörg Rodens, member of staff security management of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH in Langen/Germany, spends all day ensuring that this doesn’t happen.
Air traffic control, with its towers and control centres, plays a vital role in the management of air traffic. The protection of staff and buildings is therefore paramount. The level of resources invested in security measures is influenced by the importance of the individual business premises for air traffic. The first pillar of the security concept includes flexible physical barriers as well as personal and organisational measures.
Video surveillance – the supporting pillar of a flexible philosophy
The second important pillar is video surveillance. This ensures that, even with more generous movement rules on the ground, the employees of each control centre are able to spot irregular and concerning behaviour immediately. They are assisted in their work by video content analysis software provided by Securiton.
Aside from the IPS VideoManager software, Securiton does not manufacture any cameras itself, but does plan and set up security systems for high-security installations such as power plants. In retrospect, Rodens admits to being somewhat sceptical about video content analysis back in 2005. Today, however, he is more than happy with it. “The system is extremely reliable and really helps us establish a high standard of security. The false alarm rate is low.”
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