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.
CargoVu Baggage Security provides video 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 of CargoVu Baggage Security 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.
CargoVu 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 using NetVu Observer video monitoring software.