Pixim-Powered Cameras – A Powerful Ally in Airport Security
Anyone who’s taken a flight knows that airport security is tighter than ever before. And anyone who works in an airport is aware of the expanding list of rules and regulations with which they must comply. Security cameras play an increasingly important role in overall airport security, both inside passenger terminals and in cargo areas. Cameras participate in the security checks that are an integral part of modern airline activities. They record and monitor the passage of people, luggage, and cargo in outdoor drop-off points, in transit to planes, and in final exit from the carriers. They also monitor airplane hangars, cargo storage areas, and taxiways. Airport terminals generally include large windows, skylights, and lots of metal, which makes it challenging for traditional security cameras to operate effectively.
Common security camera problems for airports include:
- Lack of detail in high-contrast and backlight conditions, under fluorescent lights, or outdoors
- Low clarity in shadows
- Image wash-out in glare or with reflections from glass and metal
- Color inaccuracies in varying lighting conditions
- Low-quality DVR recordings
Pixim’s Digital Pixel System® ultra-wide dynamic range technology, a true breakthrough in imaging technology, delivers unprecedented image quality in all lighting conditions. Cameras powered by Pixim’s specialized image processing chipsets can significantly enhance security at airports through the following capabilities:
- Widest dynamic range: Captures highlight and shadow detail in the same scene.
- Highest total resolution: Makes it easy to distinguish image features and details, even in highly variable lighting conditions.
- Superior color rendering: Accurately displays color even in difficult lighting such as backlight, mixed indoor/outdoor scenes, glare, reflection, and fluorescent lighting.
- No "camera blindness": Eliminates the vertical smear, pixel blooming, and other image artifacts commonly encountered in high-contrast scenes.
- High image compression: Improves image quality with smaller file size - allowing DVRs to record with higher frame rate or higher resolution, or both, while maintaining the same total recording time.
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Pixim, compared with CCD technology, enables the higher compression of images taken by security cameras, which leads to advantages for DVRs:
- Allows the use of higher-resolution settings on the DVR without sacrificing the overall recording time (i.e., # days on a DVR).
- Enables more frames per second to be written on the DVR without sacrificing overall recording time (i.e., # days on a DVR) or resolution.
- Permits the connection of more cameras to each DVR, without sacrificing resolution or frame rate.
- Provides recordings with higher image quality, for more accurate identification of people and events and more compelling evidence.
- Makes it easier to comply with FBI and other regulations that require storage of 10 to 30 days' worth of video - without sacrificing resolution, lowering the frame rate, or reducing the number of cameras connected to each DVR.
- Optimizes the investment in expensive DVRs.
Security cameras based on Pixim technology enable airport security officials to clearly capture details of passengers, luggage, cargo, and airport and airline employees, even in variable and challenging lighting conditions and despite poor-quality DVRs. In the case of a security incident or theft, the accurate images made possible by Pixim DPS technology help airport officials to identify people or objects of interest, including suspected perpetrators. In addition, the cameras can be used to thwart potential threats, for instance identifying people going the wrong direction in a terminal, behaving suspiciously, or stealing. Cameras can even be used to recognize luggage left unattended for too long. The images captured by Pixim-Powered security cameras can be used to reconstruct the flow of people and cargo before, during, and after an incident, helping both to prevent problems and to prosecute criminals. Additionally, the cameras can act as supplemental security officers, enabling fewer people to more effectively monitor an entire airport.
- Loss of detail
- Camera blindness
- Washed out plane tail number
- Superior image quality
- See details
- See lights and darks simultaneously
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