Video Surveillance System for Seaports



As the transfer point between land and sea transportation, seaports play a critical role in the global economy. Harbors combine the major operations of large-scale shipment, storage, and transportation, and a seaport surveillance system must be on a large scale as well, covering roads, ports, docks, bonded areas, container yards, and shipping areas.

For this particular video surveillance system, different areas required different levels of access and control to the surveillance system. Certain areas also required an emergency communication system to contact the control center. The system was characterized by the following:

Long distances between each area
Hazardous environments
Multi-level infrastructures
Data, voice, and video integration

In order to ensure maximum reliability, it was critical that redundancy was incorporated into all subsystems and into the entire system architecture.
System Requirements
High reliability
Wide bandwidth
High flexibility
Data, voice, and video integration
Industrial-grade video server for CCTV integration
IP surveillance software for multiple video controls and monitoring
Rugged design for outdoor environments


System Description
Different levels of control authority were assigned to the main control center and sub monitoring rooms (Rooms 1 through 4). The main control room could simultaneously control, record, and monitor all other rooms. Each sub monitoring room had control of its own camera but not of other rooms.

Networking Infrastructure
An industrial Gigabit Ethernet network was used to ensure enough bandwidth for all video, voice, and data information. The EDS-828 Ethernet switch was used in the main control room for the redundant network backbone, which used a Gigabit Turbo Ring topology. The subsystems also used the EDS-828 for local fiber optic rings. Additional Gigabit ports were used for uplinks and ring coupling, to connect other nodes or Turbo Rings at Gigabit speeds.

Video Networking Infrastructure
The VPort 351 was used to connect analog CCTV cameras to the network for remote video surveillance monitoring. Fiber optic media was used to connect the VPort to the EDS-828 over long distances. Moxa's SoftDVR Pro software was installed in the main control room for simultaneous real-time control, monitoring, and recording of multiple remote video feeds.


Benefits from Moxa
Fiber optic media with EDS-828 for long distance transmission
Up to 4 Gigabit ports with EDS-828 for high-bandwidth Gigabit network backbone that supports real-time video streaming
Turbo Ring architecture for network redundancy and 20 ms network recovery time
Industrial rugged design with VPort 351 and EDS-828 for hazardous seaport environments
Remote access, control, and monitoring from anywhere at anytime
Digital images that are easy to edit, store, and transmit
Easy integration with other systems and applications

Moxa Products

EDS-828/728 24+4G-port Gigabit modular managed Ethernet switch

4 Gigabit plus 24 fast Ethernet ports for copper and fiber
Gigabit Turbo Ring and RSTP/STP (IEEE 802.1w/D) for Ethernet redundancy
QoS, IGMP snooping/GMRP, VLAN, LACP, SNMPv1/v2c/v3, RMON supported
IEEE 802.1X, HTTPS, and SSH enhance network security
Easy system backup with Moxa's Automatic Backup Configurator (ABC-01)
VPort 351 Full Motion, 1-channel MPEG4/MJPEG Industrial Video Encoder
-40 to 75°C operating temperature
Video stream up to 30 frames/sec at full D1 (720 x 480) resolution
Pre/post alarm video recording function for advanced surveillance
2-way (1 in /1 out) audio supported

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