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Aircraft Cargo Surveillance Solutions

AD Aerospace’s Aircraft Cargo Surveillance System monitors the cargo holds in passenger and freighter aircrafts. Made up of a number of CCTV cameras connected to a digital video server, the cargo surveillance system allows for real-time streaming of video to an EFB or a dedicated LCD display. The aim of the system is to allow the crew to keep a visual check on the cargo loading, access progress, and to monitor for illegal activity.

Commercial airliner passenger baggage is highly vulnerable to theft, particularly when being loaded as loose bags in Bulk Cargo areas. One of the key times when thefts can occur is as the bags are actually transferred onto the aircraft as the crews are often unsupervised and out of range of the security measures and CCTV systems within the airport buildings.

AD Aerospace can provide video cargo surveillance within the hold of the aircraft itself, with covert cameras passing images to a concealed video server. These images can be broadcast to nearby ground security [RD1] or stored on solid state memory for easy retrieval later by authorised staff.

Knowledge that activity is or may be being monitored acts as a deterrent to baggage theft or tampering and encourages ground staff to take more care. The recorded images on the server are labelled with date, time, camera, aircraft tail number and system identification number.

Should an incident occur watermarking facilities are available to identify the recording as first evidence and therefore qualified for use in court. The standard configuration has the system active only when there is weight on wheels and the baggage hold door is open, using video motion technology to trigger recording.

Knowledge that a system is fitted can therefore be restricted to relevant security personnel. As the system is not active during flight not even the crew need to be informed of its presence, helping to maintain secrecy.

This AD Aerospace aircraft cargo surveillance system is compatible with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology, so if desired loading and unloading can be monitored live from within the cockpit or the video data can be quickly retrieved to be reviewed by security personnel at their workstations.

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