Closed Circled Television on board - the crow's nest of the digitization age

29/08/2018

In the maritime sector, IP-based CCTV systems are currently gaining importance - ANS supplies cameras and networks hard- and software for the control of video surveillance systems

What the parking aid in the car, are for a tanker or container ship cameras at both ends of the bridge. In narrow canals, they provide important navigation support. Even in the civil shipping video surveillance, systems are often used today. Between 300 and 1,000 cameras are installed today on a conventional cruise ship for navigation and security purposes - similar to a hotel. They are networked via the Internet Protocol, and the control system is a closed circled television (CCTV) system. Such systems are increasingly used by ANS in projects in the maritime sector.
The bigger a ship, the more dead angles. A CCTV system helps to navigate safely, or to dock on and drop off or to increase the safety on board of the ship for crew and passengers. Transits through the Suez-, Kiel Canal (North Baltic Sea canal) or transit through areas at risk of piracy make video surveillance a must-have for today's ever-expanding ships. The crew can use it to monitor danger zones and low-traffic areas of a ship (or an offshore platform) and respond quickly to an incident. On the high seas, for example, the captain recognizes pirate attacks early on and can bring the crew to safety in the citadel in time.

Especially on large cruise ships, numerous areas have to be controlled in parallel and consistently in order to guarantee passengers the necessary safety. Video surveillance helps to acknowledge alarms, such as a fire alarm, or detect them as a false alarm. It serves both the self-protection of persons on board and the surveillance of the ship's exterior and interior to prevent the entry of unauthorized persons. The goal: to ensure maximum safety with the least possible use of hardware.
ANS video surveillance works for the most part with two types of cameras typically used indoors, such as shopping malls or hotel operations. In entrance areas or common lounges, a standard dome camera is used as standard, for corridors or sensitive areas a fixed camera with high optical zoom. The small, universal design of these cameras allows many different installation variants. "There are hundreds of models, but in the project business we rely on a few high-quality manufacturers, whose models we can quickly integrate into our software solution," explains Dennis Jahnhofen, member of the management of ANS.

The monitoring and control software of ANS CCTV solutions is client / server based. A server acts as a management system that receives processes and distributes data to authorized clients. These form the workstations as final recipients and are the interface to the user. In addition to PCs, smartphones or tablets can also be used as clients via the Internet or W-LAN with the mobile application. The applications are available for iOS and Android.