Exceeding TSA mandates with Axis

Axis network cameras give Orlando-Sanford International Airport a flexible security tool to keep travelers safe

“Axis cameras not only give us a live feed as an incident unfolds but we’re able to see it in hi-def clarity, zoom in on facial details and other identifiers that we never could have seen with our old analog system. The difference is night and day.” Jerry Crocker, Director of IT for Orlando-Sanford International Airport.


Like all airports, Orlando-Sanford International (SFB) must meet strict TSA guidelines regulating the use of security cameras. However, as one of the top 30 busiest airports in the country (2013), they knew analog cameras would no longer be sufficient to meet their security needs. In 2004 the airport began taking steps to bring its surveillance system into the digital age. Within two years, the transportation hub decided a total IP solution would provide a better return on investment in terms of sharper image quality, easier preventive maintenance and greater camera longevity.


Working with Axis partner SiteSecure, a Sanford, Florida-based IP security solutions provider and subsidiary of Miller Electric Company, one of the largest electrical contractors in the country, the airport began replacing its legacy analog cameras with high-definition fixed dome and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) Axis network cameras. The cameras are managed through Genetec’s Omnicast and Security Center video management systems operated in the airport dispatch center. The video surveillance system integrates with the airport’s access control system to provide video verification of access control events.


Based on the success of their initial installations, the airport continues to find many new places to expand coverage beyond the fence line and gate security requirements mandated by the TSA. Today the Axis cameras monitor passenger bridges, terminal lobbies and hallways, tarmacs and runways, car rental facilities, parking garages, passenger drop off points and more. Surveillance cameras also augment security in the campus flight school dormitory and stream video from the airport police department’s off-site gun range.

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