IP cameras and wireless networking from Cisco provide surveillance for world's largest cruise ship
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, featuring 2,700 guest cabins and enough space to accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,160 crew members, is believed to be the world's largest cruise ship. (I'm curious to know how it stacks up against the Titanic.) Providing an effective video surveillance solution for this massive vessel posed quite a challenge. To tackle the large-scale project, planners worked out a sophisticated IP surveillance network that incorporates IP cameras, devices, wireless access points and networking equipment from Cisco.
All in all there are now 1,100 IP surveillance cameras monitoring activity aboard the ship. Other devices such as Cisco plasma and LCD IP touch screens are also placed throughout the ship and operate along the same IP network. More than 900 wireless access points allow wireless coverage to extend to all areas of the ship. Each cabin has wireless access and IP phones. The network is routed so that different classes of traffic, such as passenger communications, internal corporate data, and of course video transmissions, can all be delivered without overwhelming the available bandwidth.
The IP cameras system helps to enhance the overall level of security onboard the cruise ship, along with other added benefits. For instance, a person-recognition application linked to ceiling-mounted cameras in dining areas keeps an ongoing count of how busy the restaurants are. Managers are able to use this info to make staffing decisions, and passengers can even tap into the data to avoid crowds when planning their next meal.