Dubai Airports is the government authority that owns and manages two airports in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai Airports chose the Omnicast IP video surveillance system for its proven ability to scale up to thousands of cameras, while maintaining high system availability.

The company

Dubai Airports is the government authority in the United Arab Emirates which owns and manages both of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC). Dubai International has been the main airline hub since 1960, welcoming over 68 million passengers per year and serving 260 destinations. Upon completion, Al Maktoum International (which opened its doors to passengers in 2013) will become the largest airport in the world with an ultimate capacity of more than 160 million passengers annually.

The challenge

A decade ago, the organization sought to upgrade an existing closed-architecture analog system, understanding before many other airports the value in an open-architecture IP-based video surveillance system. To keep evolving its system, Dubai Airports wanted to implement a more robust, user-friendly and scalable network-based platform that would be capable of handling over 1000 cameras, and accommodate its ambitious expansion plans. The new video surveillance system also had to be successfully implemented at other international airports.

"We have the flexibility and peace of mind to expand and customize our system at our own pace. Our operators also have the tools to maintain the highest levels of safety and security within our airports.”


Senior Airport Official


Dubai Airports has over 6,500 cameras on the Omnicast system at Dubai International and another 1,200 cameras at Al Maktoum International. The open-architecture video surveillance system allowed Dubai Airports to preserve existing analog investments by adding IP encoders, while also installing newer IP camera models over time. Dubai Airports was also able to integrate with the flexible video system with existing third-party access control systems.

Since each subsystem has been installed independently, Dubai Airports uses the Federation feature to easily access any camera throughout the airports as if they were all part of a single system. The most significant benefit has been the ability to maintain the highest level of system availability. The intuitiveness and complete reliability of the 8,000-camera system has assured Dubai Airports that its continued system expansion will never be limited.

The Solution

Growing Airport Security

Dubai Airports expanded its surveillance systems to reach a total of 8000 cameras at two airports over three phases. The airports continue to expand the systems over time.

Optimized Bandwidth and Reliability

Operators connect to a multicast IP address of the video stream which is shared amongst all users. This helps to minimize network traffic adds reliability in this massive installation.

Greater Accessibility with Federation

From any workstation, airport authorities with privileges can get a global view of their security operations, and handle live incidents with all video evidence at their fingertips.

Simplified Map Navigation

Using Plan Manager, operators can quickly find cameras, change a camera’s field of view or respond to alarms directly from a map of a specific terminal or concourse.

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