Andrews AFB enhances video surveillance

Andrews Air Force Base is enhancing its video surveillance network to automatically detect unusual behavior, the software provider for the project said today.

The upgrade is part of a larger effort to improve the base's physical security infrastructure, according to Lt. Col. David Branham, director of public affairs for the base. Andrews, in Washington's Maryland suburbs, houses the presidential plane, Air Force One, as well as aircraft for Congress, the cabinet and visiting dignitaries.

ObjectVideo Inc. of Reston, Va., will provide and install the software for smart video surveillance. Neither Andrews nor ObjectVideo would disclose the amount of the sale.

The work is being done under the Air Force's Integrated Base Defense Security System program, according to the company. The program, which runs through 2008, will integrate the Air Force's electronic and base security programs.

ObjectVideo's Video Early Warning software, developed in part through funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, watches over video feeds for unusual behavior. Any movement not already defined as typical will be brought to the attention of security personnel. For instance, an individual walking too closely to a plane will be highlighted.

Aircraft maintenance operations such as fueling, and loading and unloading will be monitored through this system.

The ObjectVideo procurement is one of a number of advanced technologies the base can use to boost base security, Branham said. The base also is looking at biometrics as a way to identify employees entering facilities, Branham said.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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