Airport World - Andrew Dallmann

Digitising airport CCTV systems can offer big gains in efficiency and cost savings, writes Andrew Dallmann.

While found in almost every airport to help staff keep an eye on what’s happening, CCTV has its limitations. Cameras located at multiple locations throughout an airport can gather information as to airport activities, but manually sifting through hours of camera footage is an extremely time-intensive task.

It requires a constant human presence, and older mechanisms can have grainy footage or limited views. Expanding a space or hiring more people can be a costly investment which can invite human error and in the end, might not be the answer.

How can operators instantly find out where missing equipment has disappeared to, quickly decide staffing level needs, or prevent developing safety situations?

Adding a digital layer of technology to existing processes can be an easy but highly effective way to improve communications and operational flow.

Digital technology helps staff gain a deeper look at how a space is being used while automating protocols for typical situations. Integrating AI into these closed circuit camera systems is an evolution that upgrades a static system into the ultimate ‘search and find’ resource for its employees and vendors, returning answers to questions in milliseconds compared to laborious manual searches.

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