In the aim of increasing the effectiveness of the response capabilities of the CIAD (Central internal affairs directorate - head office of regional or city police) of Chelyabinsk Region as well as with the goal of recording video information from main points and critical facilities in Chelyabinsk, AxxonSoft Auto-Intellect was chosen through a tender organized under the SafeCity project. This is a scalable security ANPR system that incorporates license plate recognition capabilities and various detectors into a powerful complex and provides even more functionality by using network functions of the core Intellect security complex.
The client of the SafeCity project in Chelyabinsk is the CIAD of the Russian Federation for the Ural Federal Region. It is the district sub-department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, responsible for internal affairs agencies in the fight with crime in the Ural Federal Region. CIAD liaisons with the Authorized Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Ural Federal Region. "The operations of the SafeCity will be accomplished by a specially created sub-department under the IAD (internal affairs directorate - a local office of regional or city police) of Chelyabinsk ," informed Valentin Tsatsin, head of the Department of Communications and Automation of the CIAD in Chel'yabinsk oblast.
The realization of the SafeCity project was performed under the oblast's comprehensive program for preventing crime and strengthening the fight with criminals in Chel'yabinsk oblast for the years 2006-2008. For this, in 2006 a tender for the creation of the pilot SafeCity project was held in Chelyabinsk. During the first stage, four parts of the city were to be equipped with video surveillance equipment. In one of the city areas, the system was supposed to take over all functions of video surveillance, identification and recognition of license plate numbers at one of the main intersections of the city. This was one of the main system requirements on the part of the STSI (state traffic safety inspectorate - trafic police) of Chel'yabinsk.
"The SafeCity project was intended for creating a system of remote centralized video surveillance over the situation on all streets in the city. The aim of its creation is to increase the effectiveness of the response capabilities of the Chel'yabinsk police, as well as the opportunity to register for later use the video information from main points and critical facilities in the city," informed Valentin Tsatsin, head of the Department of Communications and Automation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Chelyabinsk oblast.
Depending on the specifics of the areas under video surveillance, the client put forward various requirements for the system. If the area was designated for public safety objectives as articulated by the police, then the AxxonSoft solution had to meet the following system requirements for video surveillance:
For traffic areas designated under the objectives of the STSI, the client put forward the following system requirements for video surveillance:
Working off of these requirements, the choice of specialized security software was made.
During the security program selection process, an analysis was conducted of the vendors and available Russian and foreign systems of video surveillance. "The main criteria for the choice were: complete solutions and modules available that allow for the realization of all the customer system requirements, a list of integrated equipment, flexibility in the development and scale-up of the system, and the commitment by the producer of the security program to offer comprehensive support in the installation and customizing of the system according to the system requirements, as well as any necessary revisions and support for the product," informed Andrei Shvel, technical director of the company ASTRA ST.
Before the choice of the AxxonSoft Auto-Intellect was clear, ASTRA-ST specialists conducted tests of the demo versions of the security programs from various producers. During the testing, emphasis was placed on the product compatibility with the selected equipment, the work of the main modules, the ergonomics of the workplace of the operator and the administrator, and the ease of installation and setup. Many products did not have the necessary selection of modules and therefore were tossed out at the testing stage; besides, the integration of several products into one was not reviewed in connection with expenses of the integration. One of the main requirements for the security program was its compatibility with IP-video cameras, since initially the SafeCity project drafted IP-video cameras to be used as the sources of the video signal.
Many solutions currently offered in the market of security systems are configured only for video capture cards (grabbers), which has made their use impossible for this project. For the implementation of such solutions, it would be necessary for the equipped facility to be located in immediate proximity with the object of surveillance.
"Having analyzed the solutions offered on the market and conducted meetings with security program producers, the AxxonSoft platform, Intellect has been chosen, for it most completely satisfied the objectives set out by the SafeCity project and moreover includes a selection of modules necessary for the realization of the established objectives," informed Alexei Zaharov, the main specialist for ACS at ASTRA-ST. He considers that the modular design of the security program will allow in the future to develop the system"s functionality without changes to the existing core. The use of precisely this product will allow for the establishment of a united center of video monitoring. With the help of remote work places this will provide communications between regional centers and the center core. "The flexibility of the producer – AxxonSoft – played an important role in the selection of this system, since the company will customize its system to meet the established objectives," observed A. Zaharov.
Two options of the equipment set were implemented for the formation, initial processing, and preparation of video images for transfer. The first is stationary. It is an IP-video camera assembly. The second is a controlled IP-video camera assembly with a PTZ-unit, coupled with a transfactor (variable magnification zoom lens) of 28x zoom and a telemetry box with the video server.
The use of the IP video camera allows for the future step-by-step development and scale-up of the system through the installation of additional video cameras at new sites where the communications network is extended. Analog cameras are used in assembly with a PTZ-unit. These video cameras are installed wherever video surveillance covers large areas as well as in places where large crowds gather, and allow for surveillance to be conducted on adjoining area through the use of optical zoom (up to 28x).
The fiber optic communications line created with the use of EPON technology is used as part of the main data transfer line from video surveillance locations to the data processing and storage center. Connection of the video cameras with the main communications line is realized using the technology of Ethernet switches, allowing for the minimization of the likelihood of micro segment collisions and providing a guaranteed transfer of video traffic without delay or failures from the main data transfer line to broadband networks. The uncontrolled switchboard and media converters are used to facilitate communications with the main data transfer line. The use of such a network topology allows for the organization of a unified, centralized data processing and storage center, and also the organization of the necessary number of remote video monitoring centers.
To minimize the burden on system operators and increase the effectiveness of their work, a specialized security program is used to perform the following functions.
The project installation was carried out together with department personnel from the consulting firms AxxonSoft EXPERT and ASTRA ST, which at the initial stage configured the set-up of the software.
Over the course of the project"s implementation, the CIAD management of Chel'yabinsk oblast expects the following results:
"The Auto-Intellect system in Chel'yabinsk , implemented under the SafeCity project in 2007 was used to supervise large-scale events and in the investigation of crimes. The system was required for investigating transportation-related events," informed Igor Ivanov, head of the Chelyabinsk IAD.
In 2007, through this project, 10 video surveillance stations were installed, three of which were used to fulfill the objectives of the STSI. These STSI stations were installed at main highways in the city and provide surveillance over every traffic lane as well as over the overall situation on the highways. The remaining video surveillance stations are located in various regions of the city and provide monitoring of areas where large crowds gather and the adjoining territory.
In 2008, the further development of the SafeCity project is planned, including the expansion of the data processing and storage center. Every year in the future the system will be enlarged through the installation of new video surveillance stations and the expansion of the data processing and storage center. Under the STSI objectives, an installation of speed traps is planned alongside video surveillance equipment. Also, the completion and full equipment of functional system modules, the development of a module for identifying traffic violations during red lights, and the creation of the automated workplace for the STSI are all planned. The urgency of solving this issue is connected with the fact that starting from July 2008, an introduction of an automated system of video recording of traffic violations is planned for the city roads.
Under this project, the use of transport detectors from the NTS Module company is also planned, which have already been featured within the Auto-Intellect system. Thanks to this, Auto-Intellect will allow for the classification of transportation types: motorcycles, light and heavy automobiles, and buses and then register traffic violations e.g. exceeding the speed limit, driving in the oncoming traffic lane, prohibited reversing, and violation of vehicles selective exclusion signs. This detector also will help detect traffic jams.
Data received by the system's detectors will allow for the collection of traffic statistics and the calculation of traffic flows with a focus on real road conditions. An important factor for employees of the Chelyabinsk STSI is the fact that the moving vehicle detector can work together with the ANPR module for identifying license plate numbers and measure the speed of moving vehicles through video recordings and radar.
ASTRA ST is the largest system integrator in the Ural region, which according to data from independent expert analysis holds several leading positions in IT markets. The main LOB of the company are the following:
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