GENETEC, as part of the Datacom AIAL bid, has won the Auckland International Airport CCTV system upgrade. The integrator is Datacom VSA, which already handles significant work for the airport.  

Genetec Security Center will be installed in support of the existing 800 video surveillance cameras installed at the site, as well as being integrated with Auckland Airport’s CEM access control system. 

The Genetec solution will incorporate LPR and camera numbers are slated to rise over the next couple of years from 800 to 1500 cameras as part of the expansion of the site. Along with new installations, analogue cameras are being replaced with IP cameras at a rate of around 30 per year. 

The current system is built around Panasonic analogue cameras, which perform surprisingly well in the challenging variable light of Auckland Airport. They’ll be networked using Panasonic encoders. 

Auckland Airport operates 24 hours, 365 days a year. It’s the second busiest airport in Australasia – only Sydney is busier – and it handles more than 14 million passengers annually, around 40,000 passengers each day. Across the 1500Ha site are hotels, car parks for 6500 vehicles, workshops, fuel storage facilities, administration buildings, huge airport terminals and all the rest. 

Remote cable runs here are measured in kilometres, significant buildings are numbered by the dozen. On the access control side there are more than 1000 access readers and 14,000 cardholders.♦