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Fibre optic backbone for cruise terminal

by Andy Clutton

The onsite control room is manned 24--7AMG has announced that it has completed the supply of the transmission solution for a security and surveillance project for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Designated as the ‘Design, Supply, Delivery, Install, Testing, Commissioning, Warranty and Maintenance of interconnected Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, for Hong Kong’s Customs & Excise Department (C&ED,) Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF), Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD) and Tourist Commission (TC)’ the solution was designed and implemented by Hong Kong based UniVision Engineering.

According to UniVision’s Project Manager Tony Man, “In order to minimise the project costs and to cut down on the number of cameras needed, the governing departments approached us with the task; suggesting the TC’s (total of 260) cameras would be shared by the three departments, but it’s important the cameras were not to be shared with TC, as reversal favour. Therefore, we had to deploy servers to each of the departments and set the right system privileges and install firewalls so that the right cameras, and the right users, can access the TC’s cameras at any time by all departments. We also decided to use fibre optics for the backbone, as this allows for smooth transmission signals and the ability to send videos as well as data signals from the cameras for control of PTZ to the control room. We decided to work with AMG Systems in the UK for the transmission solution, and deployed AMG’s 3700 product series for ring topology which has been designed to provide for low cost, multi-channel drop and insert video collection, together with associated Ethernet and low speed data and audio signals. Although initially, the drop and insert feature was not implemented, this facility is available for future expansion.”

In total, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal CCTV solution has 620 cameras. Of those, 260 comprise the designated TC solution. The 620 cameras are split into 220 IP PTZ cameras, 240 analogue PTZ cameras and 158 fixed, as well as two 360 degree cameras, with panoramic views. The solution has intentionally been designed with the possibility for expansion, and this is significant, as there are plans for further berth extension to be completed by 2018.

According to the Sales Director of UniVision, Peter Chan, “Some of the optical links are installed in really difficult access areas. It would take a tremendous amount of man-power as well as effected ‘down-time’ hours to make repairs. To sum up; by choosing AMG’s 3700 series with its  Meantime Between Failure (MTBF) we have cut the chances of repairs and re-occurring repairs, hence we have minimised the possibility of down-time hours, and a very happy client.”


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