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 deployed 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
- 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.