California port cruises to smart security with Axis

Port of San Diego secures revitalized waterfront with intelligent surveillance system that maintains area’s artistic appearance

“The cameras will provide a heightened level of security for both the new promenade and the cruise ships. They will allow us to observe any threats that may be coming from the land or the water.” Thomas Lockwood, Infrastructure Supervisor, Port of San Diego.


For many years, the Port of San Diego has been collaborating with the city to redevelop its waterfront area. The project aims to create an attractive public space to greet visitors arriving to the city on cruise ships. However, the Port is also a center for commercial shipping and is close to the largest US Naval base on the West Coast. To protect this sensitive gateway to the country, the Port needed an effective surveillance system that would blend in with the overall design of the new construction.


Axis partner and systems integrator Verotek recommended Axis PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) network cameras to monitor the waterfront. The security solution is unobtrusive and blends in well with the environment. The cameras maintain high functionality while remaining visually appealing. The Port connected the cameras to their existing surveillance system, which features over 100 other Axis cameras.


With HDTV image quality and 30x optical zoom, the Port can capture detailed video over a wide area. Intelligent features such as automatic defog and highlight compensation help mitigate environmental factors that may obscure the video. The outdoor-rated housing will keep the cameras operating through the punishing ocean weather and ensure the Port can protect visitors for years to come.

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