On-board se­cu­rity in radar

The Swiss-based MSC Cruises has now de­ployed a new in­tel­li­gent video sur­veil­lance sys­tem that of­fers even greater on-board se­cu­rity for pas­sen­gers and crew alike.

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MSC Cruises has an­nounced the launch of a new van­guard video sur­veil­lance sys­tem of­fer­ing even greater on-board se­cu­rity. In an­other in­dus­try-first, MSC Cruises has de­vel­oped this highly-so­phis­ti­cated ad­vanced sys­tem in col­lab­o­ra­tion with global lead­ers in se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy, Bosch and Hewlett Packard En­ter­prise. The sys­tem is now op­er­a­tional on MSC Mer­av­iglia and is a first of its kind in the in­dus­try. Over time, sim­i­lar in­te­grated sys­tems will be de­vel­oped and de­ployed across MSC Cruises’ global fleet.

The in­te­grated sys­tem is part of a big­ger MSC Cruises op­er­a­tion to fur­ther op­ti­mise se­cu­rity mon­i­tor­ing on board the ship and will al­low, among other features, for the speed­i­est in­ter­ven­tion in the un­likely event a per­son or ob­ject falls over­board.

The new in­tel­li­gent video cap­tur­ing and anal­y­sis sys­tem con­sists of a com­pre­hen­sive shield of in­tel­li­gent op­ti­cal and ther­mal video cam­eras which pro­vide non-stop com­pre­hen­sive sur­veil­lance along­side the rel­e­vant ex­te­rior parts of the ship. All cap­tured video im­ages are streamed in real-time to a Cen­tral Se­cu­rity Room where the video stream is mon­i­tored to­gether with all other in­puts from the 1,200 HD CCTV cam­eras on board the ship.

MSC Cruises Se­cu­rity Depart­ment and ex­perts from Bosch and Hewlett Packard En­ter­prise have worked over 14 months to cre­ate the setup. This double se­cu­rity sys­tem has al­lowed to sig­nif­i­cantly lower the er­ror mar­gin for false alerts– typ­i­cally caused by nat­u­ral move­ments such as waves, re­flec­tion of sun or moon, or a bird trig­ger­ing the alarm. Th­ese or­di­nary in­ter­fer­ences usu­ally pose sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges for cur­rent ship­board CCTV tech­nol­ogy. Through over 25,000 hours of video anal­y­sis, ex­ten­sive soft­ware test­ing and con­tin­u­ous al­go­rith­mic up­dates, the sys­tem has now reached a con­firmed ac­cu­racy level of 97 per cent.

In case of alarm, an acous­tic sig­nal and light will alert the ship’s Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer in the Cen­tral Se­cu­rity Room who can im­me­di­ately con­nect to the sys­tem and ac­quire all im­ages and data and, if nec­es­sary, re­trieve or re­view the rel­e­vant video im­ages. The Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer has di­rect ac­cess to the ship com­mand at the Bridge to al­low for im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

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