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Remote surveillance for boat owners

March Networks : 14 April, 2015  (Application Story)
Finnish Marina deploys video surveillance system from March Networks enabling its boat owners to check weather conditions and the security of their vessels

Sailing enthusiasts moored at the Kultaranta Resort Marina in Naantali, Finland, can use a smartphone or computer to check the security of their boats and assess the weather remotely using a new video surveillance system powered by March Networks Command Professional video management software.

The Marina, which was built in 2012, is located on Luonnonmaa Island near Naantali, 180 kilometres west of Helsinki. The resort owners selected and installed the March Networks surveillance system originally to monitor the luxury yachts that are moored in the marina, but an added bonus was the ability to check the weather, which can be unpredictable in the Baltic Sea.

The installation was managed by Jukka Leinonen, chairman of the board of Kultaranta Marina Oy working with local integrator Tele-Projekti Oy, who specified the March Networks system because of its proven high quality.

“Kultaranta Resort and Tele-Projekti Oy are both family businesses that are customer-focused and committed to the highest quality,” said Pekka Jokisuu, the majority owner and CEO of Kultaranta Resort. “From the very beginning, our relationship was seamless and pleasant.”

Tele-Projekti Oy recommended a server-based solution using March Networks Command Professional software running on an HP Proliant server recording video from an array of IR bullet cameras.

The browser-based Command software accommodates up to 128 surveillance cameras, including March Networks fixed and PTZ IP cameras and third-party edge devices. It also enables remote access to live video using an iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile devices with March Networks Cloud.

The cameras are connected using CAT-6 cabling to a Power over Ethernet switch and were selected to withstand the harsh winter weather of the Baltic Sea and variable lighting conditions.

Because of Finnish legislation prohibiting the broadcasting of live video, the system is configured to send still images every minute to the Internet. One image is available for unrestricted viewing by guest boaters on Kultaranta’s website, but shareholders have access to a password-protected viewing of video from all of the cameras, allowing them to zoom in on their own boat and check its safety.

Live video is also streamed to a monitor in the clubhouse, allowing resort staff to keep an eye on the marina and greet new arrivals.
In the event of any reported theft or vandalism, resort staff can review archived video for evidence and provide a video clip to law enforcement authorities.

Additional cameras will be installed to cover a third pier and a floating spa with saunas, a restaurant and a swimming pool later this year. When the work is completed, the marina will be able to accommodate 150 boats.

“It was a pleasure to work with Tele-Projekti Oy on this project,” said Leinonen. “They kept their promises, met the project deadlines and, using March Networks technology, delivered a truly elegant video surveillance system.”

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