A customized video surveillance system for Biarritz Airport

Using Axis video servers, Biarritz Airport migrated its video surveillance system to IP

"Strengthening our video surveillance system was vital both for regulatory reasons and to ensure passenger security,"says Mr. Christophe Nicaud, Responsible for the Maintenance Departmentat Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne airport.


The Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport is located 75% in the town of Anglet and 25% in that of Biarritz, in the French Basque Country. Approximately 500 people work at the airport, which welcomes 865,000 passengers per year. In order to strengthen the airport’s security measures, management decided in March 2006 to upgrade its video surveillance system. The airport had an installed base of only 10 analog cameras, which needed to be expanded and deployed throughout the entire site. Simultaneously, all of the video feeds needed to be centralized in order to provide effective video surveillance.


To meet the new requirements, the video surveillance system had to be capable of monitoring access to the airport’s restricted access areas using a motion detection system, and recording the inspection, filtering, and baggage search stations. It also had to comply with the various security standards imposed by the French Civil Aviation Agency. In order to find a cost-effective solution that would fit the different variables, Biarritz Airport chose to expand its network of existing analog cameras and combined them with Axis video servers.


The use of Axis video servers achieved three objectives:
  • Switching from an analog to a digital system while protecting existing investments,
  • Taking full advantage of network video using the existing analog cameras,
  • Guaranteeing that the system will be easily expandable and used in the future, given its abilities to integrate with other applications.

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