Shannon Airport has a demanding situation to protect the aviation hub: a large perimeter and mostly flat airfield are wide open to viewing by security personnel – but also for intruders. Where previous systems failed, a comprehensive roll-out of Navtech radar and Axis cameras coupled with Milestone XProtect® have fully secured the area for smooth operations.
CHALLENGE: HELP CONTROL ACCESS TO RESTRICTED AREAS
Shannon Airport in County Clare, Ireland, is a vital international airport serving primarily Irish, European and American destinations. As a transatlantic stop-off point for commercial and military travel, it’s now the fastest growing business corridor in the country. It has the longest runway in Ireland at 3,200 meters and is the only Irish airport that can accommodate the world’s largest jet. Such big spaces present a special environment for the security team.
John Francis, Chief Officer of the Shannon Security Airport Police, said this about their unique security challenges: “Shannon Airport is a key international hub and has a responsibility to protect its passengers, people, planes and other equipment. This job is especially complex due to the large 15km perimeter that must be secured against intrusion. The airfield has mainly flat terrain, making patrols difficult as intruders can spot our vehicles from afar. We therefore needed technology that could alert to possible trespassing and provide context around intrusion events.”
SOLUTION: CENTRAL LOOKOUT WITH ‘EYES’ WIDE OPEN
- Full-angle video cameras from Axis Communications
- Milestone XProtect Expert video management software with open platform
- AdvanceGuard® intelligent real-time threat analysis from Navtech Radar
The Shannon Airport team experimented with different security devices, including the use of thermal cameras to discover people on-site, perimeter detection and alarms, and sensors underground. These had limited effectiveness, with false alarms, a lack of accuracy and timeliness, and in the case of the sensors, having to dig up the airfield.
After evaluating several perimeter detection technologies, the Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solution was chosen for intelligent threat analysis. This provides exceptional perimeter detection and tracks any intruders in real-time as they move across the site, so the team can rapidly respond before they enter critical areas.”
RESULTS: CATCHING INTRUDERS ON ARRIVAL
With Axis, Milestone XProtect and NavTech AdvanceGuard, the airport’s security staff can now see any potential intrusions on-site, along with an interactive site plan, video of any intruders and the location of security teams.
Through the rules engine in XProtect software, cameras are instructed to hone in on what’s happening so security staff can decide whether action is needed. The ’Friend or Foe’ system cuts down false alarms while automated camera and lighting control increases efficiency.
Weathering the storms
This solution is not as impacted by weather conditions as previous systems. With southwesterly gales common in the area, the system’s accuracy and continuity give the team greater peace of mind that the site is protected round the clock.
Information on where the perimeter is compromised, based on the radar tracking points of entry (within 30cm) as well as journeys across the airfield, are used by security leadership to further strengthen their perimeter defenses. This ensures a repeat incursion is unlikely from the same point.
Open design makes an efficient security hub Milestone’s open platform architecture enables further functionality and devices to be added as needed over time. It also meant cost savings since the installation did not require new infrastructure.
As everything integrates within XProtect, the key information is available in one place. This benefits training and ease-of-use, as staff only have a single intuitive interface instead of separate operations for every solution on-site.