On guard for Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

Integrated security system for Saint Isaac’s Cathedral based on Axis IP cameras

“Having investigated the video surveillance market we came to the conclusion that Axis equipment gives us the best opportunity to effectively meet the requirements of the customer to record quality, zooming and scaling capabilities, defining camera coverage areas and other features of the future system. Due to Axis wide equipment range we easily designed the video surveillance system using different types of cameras not only suitable by its features, but also by appearance – which is critical for a cultural heritage site.” Denis Kuznetsov, NvC-it.


One of Saint Petersburg iconic landmarks - the creation of the great Montferrand - Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is located at the heart of the city attracting thousands of visitors daily (over three million in 2018). Any illegal actions and incidents even in the vicinity of the museum are totally unacceptable. Any incidents inside the museum alert the whole city, since the exhibition and interior of the museum are virtually priceless. Therefore the security system is designed to protect the historical building of the cathedral and museum art objects as well as to prevent terror attacks, property abuse, illegal actions, thefts, robbery and delinquency. The integrated video surveillance system prevents various illegal actions in real time: it responds to triggering motion detectors and enables the security staff to monitor the situation. The high quality video records can be used for further investigations and serve as a forensic base in legal institutions.


Axis IP cameras that replaced the outdated analog video cameras produced by various companies were used to cover the area of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. A wide range of equipment made it possible to select suitable models not only in terms of their functionality, but also by size and appearance and became one of the reasons for using Axis network cameras.


Axis video cameras provide 24/7 surveillance of the adjacent areas, exits and entrances at every level of the building, public areas and the most challenging spots. The access to online monitoring system and video archive is granted to security service staff, the guide department and museum administration staff. In the years to come, the security system installed at Saint Isaac’s Cathedral will become a part of a larger project that combines several cultural institutions of Saint Petersburg into one video management system.

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