The Solution: Make a Splash With an Intelligent Dashboard
The NY Waterway’s public safety project was based on highly integrated solutions from various manufacturers’ technologies, along with Pantascene to bring them all together on a single, easy-to-use interface. A.A.S. Technologies managed the overall integration of the solution. At the high level, the solution enables camera video feeds to be transmitted through the network to the control system in a seamless way, allowing real-time accessibility.
Approximately 350 IP and analog cameras were installed on boats and terminals, replacing previous devices with more reliable performance in adverse weather conditions. DVR switches were also installed on the ferries to allow the streaming of video and data. Various video management systems (VMS) continued to operate at terminals.
The network was designed and built to optimize connectivity along the 100 miles of waterways. The fast-roaming wireless technology provides connectivity to moving vessels, up to 100Mb/sec and roughly 120 mph, allowing clear communication between shores and across the water.
The dashboard control software responsible for orchestrating the various systems was originally from Pantascene, which is now part of Hitachi Visualization. Intended as a comprehensive and intelligent end-to-end public safety solution, Hitachi Visualization enables the correlation of disparate or otherwise siloed data and video systems.
The brains of the Hitachi Visualization dashboard operation come from Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS) software. Designed to aggregate data from incoming sources into a common, real-time operational picture, HVS delivers full situational awareness to support a myriad of public safety, smart city and operational systems. The integrative map intuitively organizes and manages information from multiple video feeds, sensor data and various third-party public safety systems, such as the AIS. Analytic features of HVS can tap public source information, such as social media and online news, to search and provide rapid correlations, anomalies and valuable insight.
“You literally can click on a vessel on the dashboard map, see where the cameras are located on that boat, and then click on a particular camera to view the video as it is recording. Very impressive,” notes Sookoo.
NY Waterway also relies on Hitachi Visualization Platform (HVP), which consists of edge capture devices. In this case, the solution used HVP gateways to manage integration, transcoding and data ingest services. These tasks promote optimal cloud live streaming and recording, and include workflow abilities to act on any sensor or alarm data. Information is collected, shared and analyzed via built-in wireless networked data and video feeds.
“We have helped develop a very holistic environment for public safety and preparedness. NY Waterway can more quickly and accurately respond to an event that might be occurring on the water or in a terminal. Whenever needed, cameras can be repositioned remotely, and customized alerts can be sent to designated personnel. It’s all possible from any network device, at any time or place, and can be shared simultaneously as the situation demands,” Sookoo furthers.