Video technologies for the BBI – 2nd MATNET workshop meeting

13.02.2008
60 experts discuss development trends associated with video technology at Tegel Airport
At the 2nd workshop meeting within the framework of the Modern Airport - Testbed for New Efficient Technologies (MATNET) project, the focus was on the use of video technologies for security and surveillance tasks at the airport. Video images are more suitable than practically any other medium for monitoring various processes at airports. Whether processes for improving security against terrorist attacks or airport operation processes – the video technology used is the same. The 15 presentations addressed the technological, organisational and legal issues of significance for the use of video equipment at and in the airport.

Thanks to the advances made in the area of micro-electronics, camera technology is well on its way to becoming a purely digital technology. Whether a mega-pixel camera with the disadvantage of lower light sensitivity or a “more conventional” CCD camera is used at the airport depends on whether images are to be gained inside a terminal building, on the apron or at the perimeter fence by night. Video surveillance can help to reduce the data flow by means of compression and therefore optimise operational processes. Furthermore, it also assists in detecting and preventing unforeseen events, e.g. crimes, at an early stage.

One basic principle was underlined by each of the presentations however: prior to installation of a video system, the respective task, ambient conditions and responsibilities must be specified. Image processing and analysis of video sequences can considerably simplify work in control rooms. The interplay between personnel in the control room and operative personnel on the ground must however function smoothly. Nevertheless, fully-automated image interpretation such as that currently being worked on by researchers can not replace the trained human eye – at least not for the time being.

The “Modern Airport” project is a joint project by Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Allianz (BBAA), the Forschungs- und Anwendungsverbund Verkehrssystemtechnik (FAV) of the Technologiestiftung Berlin, the Technologiestiftung Brandenburg, the Zukunftsagentur Brandenburg (ZAB), Berlin Partner GmbH and Berlin Airports (FBS). The target of the network established in 2007 is to make use of the state-of-the-art research results for airports of the future. More information on MATNET is available online at www.berlin-airport.de (link: Hauptstadt-Airport BBI_Projekt “Modern Airport”).

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