Category: Case studies

Total Feluy – Perimeter protection


Securing the perimeter of the largest polymer production site in Europe.

Total’s oil refinery located in Feluy, Belgium is Total’s largest polymer production site in Europe, as well as the largest petroleum fuel depot in Belgium. In addition to production, there is a research and technology center specializing in catalysis, processes, analysis, polymers and biotechnology. This site is a major player for the economy of the region but also for Total Belgium.


Total wanted to integrate a perimeter protection solution at its Feluy site in order to avoid intrusions. There were a total of 28 Axis Q1942 thermal cameras already installed to be fitted with a solution adapted to their needs. To do this, they called on an integrator: ENGIE. ENGIE, knowing our solutions well and trusting us, then consulted us in order to make the project in partnership.

An on-site visit with ENGIE to study the feasibility and assess the location of the cameras was necessary. Once the camera locations were validated, we started the project.

The mission we were given was to detect the presence of people, day or night and under any conditions that approached and smuggled across the perimeter of the site. In case a person crossed the previously determined lines, an alarm had to be raised in the VMS Genetec Security Center.


To meet this demand, we proposed our Activity Detection Edge version solution which allows many uses. This solution, which is integrated directly into the camera, allows the detection of people in an area, when crossing one or more lines, the detection of abandoned objects, etc. This solution, fully customizable, both in terms of the subject and the needs to detect that in terms of detection rules. It is perfectly compatible with Axis thermal imaging cameras and meets all needs.

We then integrated ACIC into Genetec Security Center in order to be able to report alarms in real time to the VMS and at a centralized point.


As an integrator and a certified partner, ENGIE, was responsible for commissioning the analysis licenses on the various cameras. However, on-site support was required during the first day of commissioning to assist Engie during the configurations.

Today, the production site can detect intrusions and the crossing of the fence day and night and in all conditions. The protection of the site and the employees is therefore fully ensured.

Antwerp Tunnels

Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium. It is located in the Flemish region near the Dutch border. The city has more than 1.3 million inhabitants and is one of the economic lungs of Belgium. Indeed, the city has the port of Antwerp which is a major hub of world trade with Europe. It is the second most important port in Europe and the 15th largest port in the world.


The city of Antwerp needed an efficient solution to manage the traffic in the city’s tunnels. The integrator Hacousto Protect contacted us and we offered our Traffic Monitoring solution.  Our mission  was to count and classify the vehicles and the traffic. The solution also had to be able to detect incidents, traffic jams, accidents, wrong way, … The automation was crucial for the tunnels’s safety.


For this project, we deployed several analysis servers on site to collect information in real time. There were a total of 22 cameras with our Traffic Monitoring solution. We have therefore deployed 22 licenses with the following features: vehicle counting, speed calculation, vehicle classification, traffic classification, slowdown and traffic jam detection, vehicle stopped, speeding, …


The integration of statistical data has allowed the city of Antwerp to have a better view of the traffic inside the tunnels, which allows better traffic management. The detection system having been improved, this also increases road safety in the city. Instant detection of road incidents enables faster communication between different emergency or traffic management services

Crowd Numbering solution, frequentation of station platforms – SNCF

Line B and line C are two major lines of the Paris Regional Express Railway (RER). Line B, which carries an average of 165 million passengers each year, joins the northeast to the southwest via the center. It is the second busiest line on the network with its 80 kilometers and 47 stations. Line C is more than 100 kilometers long and has twice as many stops. It joins the northwest to the southwest through the center. In total, these two lines represent more than 260 km of track, 131 stations and transport more than 300 million passengers every year.




In 2018, the SNCF launched a tender for lines B and C of the Paris RER. They want to know in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the number of people present on its station platforms and in its stations. The goal is to have a global overview of network occupan-cy rate. This allows the SNCF to charter additional trains or to detect the over-load of a platform for example. For this, the SNCF already has a large came-ra network that has a view over the platforms. More than 750 cameras are available for carrying out the project. The mission is therefore to offer an ef-fective solution that stands out from the competition and at a competitive price.





Among its products, ACIC has a solution to count people in a zone. This solution, called CrowdNum-bering, has been proposed to SNCF. In concrete terms, this product makes it possible to determine a virtual zone and to instantly count the number of people present in this zone. The counting frequency can be customized (every minute, every 10 seconds, …). With the right settings, the error rate is rela-tively low and can be below 10%. The video analytics which allows the counting is based on artificial intelligence models (deep neural networks). They have been trained to detect the appearance of a person or a head, regardless of their pose or orientation. This product runs on an analytics server and requires a GPU.




In competition with other companies including IBM, ACIC and its CrowdNumbering solution were chosen by SNCF. We therefore equipped more than 786 cameras in the 57 stations of the two lines with CrowdNumbering® licenses. Currently, the 786 video streams are processed by four analytics servers, each equipped with a GPU. In addition to CrowdNumbering®, each camera has been equipped with an option called «Full Anomaly Detection». This option allows the operator to be notified in case of camera displacement, blur, camera occlusion, loss of signal and under or over exposure.
The data collected is processed internally at SNCF by the TCO Voyageur platform.



Dubaï Airport : Autotracking

Securing the perimeter of Dubai airport via an Autotracking solution.

Dubai Airport is a major airport in the Middle East, providing the connection between Europe and Asia. The airport is strategically located halfway between Europe and Asia and is the first airport in the world by international traffic, the fifth busiest in the world with more than 88 million passengers in 2018 and the sixth in the world in terms of freight with more than 2.65 million tonnes in 2019.

The airport covers more than 270 destinations and hosts more than 150 airlines. There are nearly 8,000 weekly flights and nearly 90,000 employees.




At the end of 2017, the Smartworld integrator contacted us about a project to secure Dubai airport. They were looking for an effective autotracking solution to support an already existing perimeter protection solution. There were a total of 41 Flir PT brand PTZ cameras to be fitted with an autotracking solution with an average of 10 presets per camera. The solution had to be able to track a person and resume tracking after they had been in hiding for more than a minute. The goal is to provide assistance to the operator through Genetec Security Center by following a target after crossing the fence. Several other solutions have been tested but none have reached the set objectives.



To find a solution for the 8 hectare site, it was decided to undertake an initial market analysis of the various technologies that could meet the specific security needs of the company. Finally, the combination of different types of Axis network cameras with ACIC video installations as well as a Genetec solution to monitor management and access turned out to be the best.

Considering its compact design and resistance to vandalism, choosing a dome camera was the most obvious solution. In addition, it is difficult to detect where the camera is pointing, which makes it particularly inconspicuous. The dome camera maps a specific area with optimal image quality. As the area is very large, a complementary Pan / Tilt / Zoom camera has been chosen to guarantee optimal flexibility. In total, around thirty Axis network cameras have been installed by Digital, the specialist in video surveillance solutions and IP surveillance access.


The solution proposed by ACIC was the ACIC Autotracking solution with integration into the Genetec Security Center VMS.

Our Autotracking solution has fully achieved the objectives set: it now ensures the tracking of people who cross the fence and ensures the resumption of monitoring after the person has gone into hiding. This solution runs on an on-site analysis server and was integrated into Genetec Omnicast first and then into Security Center later.



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Intelligent optical radar- Seaport of the SEIF Palace

The monitoring of wide open spaces such as desert borders or seashores is a difficult and expensive task. However, there is a need to detect intruders from a long distance which for a pedestrian could be as far as one to one and half kilometer, and for a motorized vehicle this distance could be three to five kilometers. Because this monitoring takes place day and night the problem of lighting is crucial and no active system can be used at these dis-tances. Therefore, thermal cameras are the only realistic and practical solution.
The problem with thermal cameras besides their lack of details on the targets is that in order to achieve the distances mentioned above we need to use long-focal lenses, resulting in a very narrow field of view. This in turn implies that a large number of cameras have to be installed to cover wide-open spaces and thermal cameras are quite expensive.




ACIC and its partner Comtec Systems have joined forces to develop and install a very reliable and profitable solution: PanoramaDetection®. The mission of this solution is to monitor a large coastal area with specific PTZ type cameras. To our knowledge, this is a «world first». The solution has been successfully installed by Comtec Systems in several projects in Kuwait.



In short, the solution called PanoramaDetection® consists of installing a thermal camera with the appropriate lenses capable of coping with difficult conditions. In summer for example, when the thermal contrast between a human body and the surrounding marine mass or the ground is very low. This thermal camera is installed on a latest generation PTZ head and constantly scans the area to be protected. The ACIC PanoramaDetection video analysis tool creates a digital panorama when the camera is scanned. This panoramic image is updated with each scan. When a target is detected in the area to be monitored, an alarm is signaled. In addition, the application interrupts scanning and moves the camera to keep the target in the field of view. After a while, scanning resumes to continue monitoring the area.



The whole solution is in operation since 2013 in very harsh climatic conditions and has thus far performed to full satisfaction. These intelligent sweeping thermal cameras can be compared to an optical radar but in reality is far more efficient than a radar. Radar always requires additional camera (s) to verify the alarm and identify the threat, which result in high investment and maintenance costs. ACIC-Comtec Systems solution is simpler, less prone to interferences and much less expensive.


Perimeter protection – BAYAN PALACE KOWEIT

ACIC high‐performance video analytics, Grundig high quality megapixels cameras and Avigilon famous NVR were selected by COMTEC Systems, a leading local integrator, to protect the sensitive perimeter of the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City.




Bayan Palace is the main palace of the Emir of Kuwait. It is located in the Bayan area in the capital city center. The palace is an internationally acclai-med architectural achievement. This is the palace where the head of states from other countries come and reside when they are on their visits. The pa-lace from inside has beautiful artificial greenery, large office and residential buildings and a majestic mosque. When the authorities selected Com-tec systems to help them protect their prestigious palace, it was decided to make use of the best security tech-nologies of the market. High quality brands and companies were installed inside and outside the palace, among others we may cite Eyevis, Advancis, Recaro, Floria etc.




For the perimeter protection, a great care was taken and only high‐performance products were chosen, Grundig cameras for the quality of the image even in low light conditions, Avigilon NVR for its simplicity and for the management of the very high definition cameras that were installed inside the palace and ACIC for the high‐performance video analytics (ActivityDetection®).



All three producs were integrated by Comtec and ACIC thanks to the ONVIF standard. The intrusion detection at the level of the perimeter is realized by ACIC ActivityDetection® 1.10 software. ActivityDetection® is a high quality video analytics software offering a very low false alarms rate. ActivityDetection® integration interfaces were adapted in 2011 to be in line with the ONVIF integration standard.



Perimeter protection – IRE Fleurus

The fleurus radio elements institute (ire) equipped with one of the most improved security systems on the market.

Thermal and mobile cameras combined with a video analytics solution enhance site security in terms of perimeter protection, access management and internal security through a global security platform.


The IRE is one of the world’s largest producers of radioactive elements used in nuclear medicine, whose primary mission is to contribute to public health and the protection of the environment. At IRE, safety is a major concern and that is why this institute develops its production and service activities in ac-cordance with the strictest safety rules and quality standards. To be able to guarantee optimal safety of its installa-tions and products, the directors of the IRE are committed to implementing all the necessary and useful means by opting for a modern solution of global security and perimeter video analytics.


In order to be able to remedy the imperfections of the current system, the directors decided to de-ploy the necessary means. For this, the old CCTV hardware was replaced by the acquisition and ins-tallation of IP cameras (AXIS) with a very advanced management and recording system (GENETEC Omnicast software) combined with video analytics (ActivityDetection®), to increase the security of the site. This system must therefore allow security personnel to monitor and analyze access or intru-sion alarms.


In this perimeter protection project, each part is complementary, creating a very high level security solution. The combination of very high resolution cameras, integrated with access control and an efficient intelligent video surveillance system (ActivityDetection product) results in a significant reduction in false alarms and incidents. Performance evaluations were carried out over a period of 3 months and it appears that the results obtained perfectly meet the performance commitment advanced by ACIC and its integrator, Digital, namely less than one false alarm per week and per camera. An article from La Libre Belgique of 08/18/12 was the subject of a visit by American experts, who recently congratulated the management of the institute for the progress and the quality of the implementation of compensatory measures. They believe that its facilities meet, and even exceed in many cases, international requirements for physical protection.

Migration of the IP security system – Port of Calais

A tailor-made, open and scalable system


With more than 10 million travelers and 43 million tonnes of goods in transit per year, the Port Boulogne Calais is the leading passenger port and the fourth freight port in France. To ensure the safety of travelers, drivers and freight, the Detroit Port Operating Company (SEPD), operator of the Port Boulogne Calais wanted to increase the performance of its analog surveillance system in order to prevent any intrusion attempts and thus ensure continuity of operations.


Eryma, with its expertise in integrating tailor-made security solutions, was selected in 2015 by the SEPD to ensure the implementation of a new security system, at the cutting edge of technology and compatible with old installations : supply, configuration, commissioning. Eryma, Axis Partner and Elite Partner of Genetec Inc., thus designed and installed in 6 months, an innovative hybrid system, composed of an Omnicast supervision system from Genetec, 120 Axis network cameras and encoders including around twenty thermal cameras coupled with the Acic Activity Detection application for perimeter protection. In addition to the video surveillance system, access protection and control devices (40 controllers and 160 readers installed by ERYMA) have enabled Port Boulogne Calais to ensure the safety of users and operators of the port on its Calais facilities.


The security system installed fully meets the technical and operational requirements of the operator. The quality of the images, the integration into the supervisor without latency, the ease of use and the automatic raising of alarms are a real help for operators who can anticipate dangerous situations more quickly and prioritize patrol interventions.

To know more, please download  “Etude de cas – Port de Calais (PDF)

Cometsambre’s industrial site protected by Axis cameras

A combination of compact and discreet adjustable PTZ fixed dome cameras keeps Cometsambre in control. 



SA Cometsambre is part of the Comet group, specializing in the acquisition, sale, and treatment of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and their derivatives. The group is active on the Belgian, European, and international markets and since its founding has become the largest industrial client and supplier to the steel industry in Belgium. The main activity at the Obourg location is the recycling of ferrous metals. Since the plant’s launch, a security company has been employed to guard precious merchandise on-site on a 24/7 basis. This quickly became a very costly solution for the company, which looked for a more viable and effective alternative in terms of cost: video surveillance with video analysis and a management solution. 



To find a solution for the 8 hectare site, the decision was made to undertake an initial market analysis of the different technologies that could correspond to the company’s specific security needs. Eventually, the combination of different types of Axis network cameras with ACIC video facilities and a solution to monitor management and access to Genetec proved to be the best one. 

Considering its compact design and resistance to vandalism, the choice of a dome camera was the clear solution. In addition, it is difficult to detect where the camera is pointing, making it particularly discreet. The dome camera maps out a specific area with optimal image quality. As the area is very extensive, a complementary Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera was chosen to guarantee optimal flexibility. A total of some thirty Axis network cameras have been installed by Digital, the specialist in video surveillance solutions and IP monitoring access. 



In this tailor-made protection solution for Cometsambre, each part is complementary, creating an overall highlevel security solution. The synergy between the highquality Axis camera network that could be integrated with access monitoring and a video analysis system led to a spectacular reduction in the number of incidents.


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