ClearView Communications have been retained as consultants and suppliers to Associated British Ports in an innovative installation at Southampton Docks.
The networked installation covers the three main passenger terminals at the docks including the berthing area used by the QE II. The project is unusual in that in order to install cameras to provide coverage of all the areas required, it was necessary to use a variety of techniques to transmit the CCTV pictures across the network including wired and wireless IP.
High speed colour/mono domes are used to provide colour images during the day. But at night, when lighting levels are low, they switch to black and white to provide the highest quality images which can be viewed by operators in ABP's control room.
Southampton is one of the country's busiest and most successful deep-water ports with a unique double tide that allows access for the world's largest vessels. It has long been the UK's principal cruise port, and will handle in excess of 230 cruise calls and close to 700,000 passengers in 2005.