June 11, 2009--Network cameras from business partner Axis Communications, and the Omnicast advanced IP-based video recording and monitoring system from Genetec, have assisted IBM's creation of an advanced, integrated networked video monitoring system for Chicago's Navy Pier. The project increases video security capabilities at the tourist and exhibition center and integrates new and existing safety resources to safeguard people and property.
The installation features Axis high-resolution cameras with far- and wide-range viewing capabilities that add situational awareness throughout the Pier and operational assistance during an incident.
The first phase of the project integrates cameras, alarms, sensors, audio and analytics to protect the Pier's visitors. The camera coverage extends visibility along the perimeter of the Pier and its entrance and departure points. Strategically placed emergency call buttons are integrated with the video system and, when activated, will stream video and audio content to the Pier's new command center.
IBM's Smart Surveillance Solution (SSS) technology, developed by IBM Research, allows video analytics to monitor the waterway and alert security personnel when unauthorized boats approach restricted areas. In addition to local monitoring from the Pier's command center, the complete monitoring environment is also accessible by the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), the City's 911 and incident management center (where IBM has already deployed an advanced city-wide intelligent security systems), and by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Marine Unit--the city's first responders for water-related incidents. The video will stream continuously for live viewing by security professionals and will also be recorded and archived for post-event review and analysis.
Upon completion of the second phase of the project, IBM says Navy Pier "will boast the greatest lakefront security coverage in the world." The design includes the use of high-end laser infrared cameras with long range capabilities. The new cameras will extend coverage around landmark venues, such as McCormick Place, Soldier Field, and through waterways and walkways that include miles of beaches and harbors. As with the first phase, coverage will be viewable at the OEMC and CPD Marine Units, ensuring an integrated approach to tackling real-time threats.
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