Paris Nord 2 deploys a vast urban video protection system

An innovative 120-camera system from Axis Communications combines ease of installation and maintenance with highly effective technology

“With Axis, we chose quality. In five years, we’ve only had to replace two cameras.” Daniel Fournier, consultant and integrator for Nord 2, in charge of IT for Paris Nord 2.


Paris Nord 2 is an international business park created in the 1980s. It is near Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports, as well as the gates of the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition grounds. It contains a million square meters of offices and activities, and in the past it primarily relied on intervention by a security team. To keep the peace at the park, Paris Nord 2’s management decided to install a video protection project, not only as a prevention and deterrence tool, but also as a way of helping police in their investigations.


A call for bids went out in 2011 for installation of 120 cameras. Among all the candidates, the Axis installation drew attention right away, due to the ease of managing and maintaining its cameras, as well as for their many technical advantages, such as full IP and their megapixel count, among others. The option chosen consisted of fixed AXIS P1365-E Network Cameras. SeeTec video management software was chosen for its video surveillance capabilities and its scalability to the growing needs of Paris Nord 2.


The impact of installing this system is extremely promising. Paris Nord 2 works closely with national and local police by providing them with images for preparing documents for judicial proceedings. For the future, Paris Nord 2 has two video protection goals: to make the system more intelligent (especially in the quality of night images) and to provide maximum assistance to PC Sécurité operators. Moreover, Paris Nord 2 would like to add 10 to 15 cameras to cover parts of the park not currently protected by video.

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