OTTAWA, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - March Networks ® (TSX: MN), a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, today announced that Christchurch International Airport Ltd. in New Zealand has standardized on the company's IP video surveillance solution to support safety and security requirements across its operations. The March Networks Command ™ video management software and high-definition IP cameras have provided such a high return in operational efficiencies that the solution is now a critical component of the airport's overall business.
Christchurch Airport's surveillance commitment has increased considerably in recent years because of the worldwide focus on transport security. The airport has expanded its coverage from a few dozen to hundreds of cameras, including more than 200 March Networks' MegaPX 1080p, CamPX MiniDome and PTZ IP cameras, to gain greater visibility of its terminal, airfield and automated baggage system. It is also using the solution for operational purposes, such as managing gate allocations for incoming flights, directing taxis to where they are most needed, and responding remotely to inquiries from unattended carpark gates.
"We have grown to rely on the March Networks solution equally for security and operations, and we're very pleased with its performance," said Tim Morris, Operations Manager, Christchurch International Airport Ltd. "The system is user-friendly and has massive scale and reliability, which keeps us prepared at all times - even during last year's February earthquake, when we served as an emergency transportation hub for rescue teams and medical evacuation flights."
The March Networks system withstood a violent, 6.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the city of Christchurch on February 22, 2011. The city has recorded more than 10,000 aftershocks since that time, but the system has never gone down or lost video.Christchurch Airport's security and IT teams engaged in a rigorous evaluation process before selecting the Command solution, working with certified March Networks provider ECL Security. As a next step, the airport is planning a complete integration with its access control system. It is also assessing the use of video analytics available in the March Networks portfolio, such as loitering or left baggage detection. "The market for airport security solutions is expected to exceed $1.5 billion by 2015, with video surveillance representing the fastest growing segment," said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. "Our solutions provide airport authorities with enterprise-class solutions that are scalable, highly reliable and easily managed. In addition, they support a wide range of operational applications that help airports work smarter and faster, and realize better returns on their investment." About March Networks March Networks ® (TSX:MN) is a leading provider of intelligent IP video solutions. For more than a decade, the company has helped some of the world's largest commercial and government organizations transition from traditional CCTV to advanced surveillance technologies used for security, loss prevention, risk mitigation and operational efficiency. Its highly scalable and easy to use Command ™ video management platform incorporates a web-based client interface to enable rapid system deployment and complete system control. It is complemented by the company's portfolio of high-definition IP cameras, encoders, video analytics and hybrid recorders, as well as outstanding professional and managed services. March Networks systems are delivered through an extensive distribution and partner network in more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.marchnetworks.com. Forward-Looking Stat ements This release contains certain forward-looking information, including expectations of future business. This information is based on the Company's current expectations and assumptions that are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and that may be beyond March Networks' control. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements due to factors such as customer demand and timing of purchasing decisions, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party manufacturers, risks relating to intellectual property infringement claims, and other risks and factors identified in March Networks' public filings with regulatory authorities in Canada. March Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events. *MARCH NETWORKS, March Networks Command and the MARCH NETWORKS logo are trademarks of March Networks Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.