Panama Canal to be monitored through Diebold-designed video system

All seafaring vessels crossing the Panama Canal are under the watchful eye of maritime traffic controllers who will soon be using equipment installed and implemented by Diebold (NYSE: DBD).

Working with the Panama Canal Authority, Diebold designed a 20-screen, high-resolution video wall for the canal´s Marine Traffic Control Center. Diebold´s solution enables controllers to view multiple surveillance camera feeds at once, as well as ships´ Global Positioning System (GPS) signals, providing high visibility of vessels traversing the canal.

Diebold designed, installed and implemented the video wall and its video processing matrix. The video wall measures nearly 300 square feet, with 67-inch monitors mounted four high by five wide. Monitors display feeds from 24 cameras covering critical points of the Panama Canal site, including its three main locks, two lakes, primary waterway and two staging areas. In the future, the scalable system may accommodate 40 camera views as part of the canal expansion.

In addition to surveillance camera feeds, the high-resolution video wall monitors also display telemetry and GPS signals from ships in transit, as well as from the ACP tugboats maneuvering ships through the site´s staging areas. This information helps officials accurately monitor every move of every ship to ensure safety and mitigate the potential for accidents.

The ACP is the autonomous agency of the government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the ACP is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its board of directors. For more information, visit www.pancanal.com.

Diebold is a leader in providing innovative self-service technology, security systems and related services. Diebold has approximately 16,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered near Canton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at www.diebold.com or on Twitter http://twitter.com/DieboldInc.

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