Pivot3 reduces power and cooling to help the SEA-TAC Airport fulfil its mission: “Where a Sustainable World is Headed”

Pivot3 reduces power and cooling to help the SEA-TAC Airport fulfil its mission: “Where a Sustainable World is Headed”

Location: Seattle, WA
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The Customer

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is a premier international gateway serving the Puget Sound region and Washington State. Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle- Tacoma, commonly known as SEA-TAC, is a world-class facility with a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion. SEA-TAC generates 138,000-plus jobs representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings, and $412 million in state and local taxes. More than 24 passenger airlines serve 76 non-stop domestic destinations and 19 international cities.

Technology plays a significant role in the security initiatives at SEA-TAC and airport officials leverage surveillance to help address potential vulnerabilities proactively and effectively. With this in mind, the airportwas interested in evaluating new technologies to maintain the highest protection levels for passengers and employees.

Top-tier airports like SEA-TAC seek out opportunities to leverage IP-based security devices due to the overarching values such technologies deliver, including mobile capabilities, increased resolution, video analytics, and integration with other networked systems. At the same time, the value of high-definition (HD) video surveillance has grown and airports of all sizes are deploying more high-resolution cameras. This trend lends itself toward a growing demand for affordable, secure and scalable video storage platforms. In a typical surveillance installation, storage can equal up to 50 percent of the cost of the system, including acquisition and ongoing maintenance fees. SEA-TAC wanted to ensure critical video data was protected and available for evidentiary use but it needed to meet budgetary requirements.

The Challenge

SEA-TAC sought to upgrade its six disparate and analog-based video surveillance systems into one fully merged IP-based solution. At that time, the airport’s surveillance network consisted of hundreds of analog and IP cameras, and it was interested in leveraging existing investments where possible. Working with systems integrator Ingersoll Rand, SEA-TAC developed a plan to migrate its analog cameras to digital through the use on encoders and deploy a centralized security management system from Genetec.

SEA-TAC Airport also opted to deploy Pivot3 vSTAC hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances for video storage. The Pivot3 appliances host the Genetec Omnicast video management software and archive recorded video on 11 virtual servers. More than 120 terabytes of Pivot3 storage is available, providing support for approximately 1,100 cameras.

The Solution

Pivot3’s purpose-built vSTAC surveillance series appliances are designed to ensure that critical video surveillance streams are both stored and protected. Pivot3 HCI platforms deliver enterprise-class video surveillance IT infrastructure in a simple-to-deploy and scale-out appliance model. Pivot3’s unique approach offers the simplicity of traditional server-based systems while eliminating performance and data loss risks, and manageability issues. Better performance and higher availability is achieved without the enterprise cost, complexity and skills imposed by legacy SAN/NAS with separate servers.

The Port of Seattle selected 120 terabytes of Pivot3 Serverless ComputingTM storage with embedded virtual servers to support more than 1,100 cameras. Virtual network video recorders (NVRs) eliminated the need for standalone physical servers, which saved the Port 40% in power and cooling.

The virtualization strategy also delivered failover for video applications to meet the stringent requirements of the TSA for reliability during failure scenarios. The system supported the upgrade to digital storage, while preserving the existing investment in analog cameras.

The Result

As Chris Evans, System Administrator for the Port of Seattle Access Control Systems noted, “The Port’s vision is to be an environmental leader; we look for new technologies that help us meet this goal while maintaining the highest protection levels for our passengers and employees.”

With the virtualized nature of Pivot3 vSTAC software, SEA-TAC eliminated the need for standalone physical servers, which enabled the organization to save 40 percent in power and cooling. Pivot3 HCI appliances also deliver failover for video applications, allowing the airport to meet the Transportation Security Administration’s stringent reliability requirements.

The savings in energy costs is a critical benefit for SEA-TAC because the Port of Seattle, which oversees the airport, strives to be the greenest port authority in the country. Evans also reported that the Pivot3-Genetec solution allowedthe facility to reduce the amount of equipment in its main equipment room by 80 percent and save significantly on upfront and ongoing
energy costs.