The previous surveillance system, installed more than a decade ago, was not up to the standards required by the Port for its new C4 installation. Many members of the Port’s security department and police force experienced difficulties with the existing video system for its less-than-user-friendly interface, slow feeds, minimal storage, and the need for more cameras.
“We all agreed that our new video management system should be easy to integrate and allow us to dovetail with our legacy equipment while having an opportunity to shop around for upgraded hardware without any proprietary restrictions,” stated April Danos, Director of IT, Port Fourchon. “The ability to scale up over the years to increase the port’s protection was another very important aspect that needed to be addressed with the incoming VMS solution.”
Key points in the Port's request for proposals included a system with minimal maintenance requirements, video display in real-time, user-friendly operation, and the ability to easily integrate a variety of already installed and soon-to-be-installed components: new servers, cameras, analytics software, for instance.
The Milestone video product feeds the C4 common operating picture, enabling the dispatchers to maintain the big picture while having the ability to monitor video surveillance throughout the Port.
“The port has transformed its security platform to a new level,” concluded Danos. “We are working to be as far-sighted as possible, with the integration of our numerous best-of-breed applications, so that the C4 system will always provide the highest level of maritime domain awareness. Starting with the Milestone open platform has allowed us to integrate numerous video applications through it, and the entire Port is benefiting immensely.”